Featured: The Quality of Android Market Apps Really is Pathetically Low

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    Featured: The Quality of Android Market Apps Really is Pathetically Low


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    It seems to be an overly broad statement, but it really is true. No matter how you look at the Android Market, app quality is low. Pathetically low. I’ve not looked at the numbers lately, but the iOS App Store has around 500,000 apps and Android Market is hovering in the 300,000 app range. It’s not even close to that close. The Non-App Apps

    I’ve written in the past about the reasons why app store numbers don’t matter. At that time there were nearly 50,000 apps that were fell in the category of a theme, widget, font pack or settings app. Those numbers have grown over time but one thing remains the same; these are all apps that would never see the light of day on the iOS App Store.

    Pumpers: Also known as Spam Developers

    There are also a lot of developers that release the same app with modified content under many different names in Android Market. I called out developers like Handmark, MyLocalTV and Zumobi in my first post, but I saw a Tweet over the weekend from Android Police that makes my pumper list look like a group of pretenders.
    If you look up Green Flame Apps in Android Market you’ll find over 2,000 apps from this one developer that are likely nothing more than Wikipedia entries in an app wrapper. Apple banished what they term as spam developers two years ago, purging all of their crapps in the process. They’re no problem at all on Android Market.

    Junk apps and their place in the Market

    The other day I wanted to find a remote app to control my Roku streaming media player like the Apple Remote or the DirecTV app on my iPad. I found a couple of really nice options like RokuByte and Roku Remote, but I also found some totally garbage apps like Roku DVP Remote and RokuControl. Functional? Maybe, I didn’t buy either. Acceptable? No. Pathetically low quality apps being sold alongside well designed apps that both function flawlessly and give me exactly what I was looking for.
    Don’t limit your search for low quality apps to Roku remotes. Look at Twitter apps, browsers, games, office apps, photo apps or music players. Pick any category and you’ll find few quality apps and lots of garbage filling the results. There are so many garbage apps in Android Market that if I don’t find what I am looking for in the first twenty or so results I stop looking.
    Why is this allowed to happen?

    Why are there so many quality apps in the iOS App Store and so few in Android Market? Why does Apple curate their App Store to maintain a quality level while Google allows a free-for-all in Android Market? It’s simple; Apple’s vision of the future revolves around native apps and Google sees a future that only involves web apps. Local vs Cloud.
    I’m going to do a post on the Apple vs Google strategy later in the week, but Google views Android Market as a placeholder while HTML5 and web apps mature to the point of being able to take the place of native apps on Android

    Source:Android Headlines

    PLEASE SOUND OFF ON THIS DO YOU THINK GOOGLE SHOULD RAISE THERE STANDARDS FOR MARKET APPS ?????
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    You really should cite the source you quoted this from. This looks like you wrote it.
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    So...what exactly do they call iOS fart apps?
    If there are junk apps, don't get them.

    You would have to have not used the iOS app store to think that they don't have as many junk apps a android. If not more.
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    He did. Its at the top.
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    I totally agree with what you have stated about the android market as far as garbage apps..i get so sick of sifting through tons of crap just to find one app that does one simple function...ive never used the apple store so i cant speak for their quality..but if it is indeed how you say it is then i hope google could eliminate some of the android apps as well...good post i was just finding myself irratated with the apps in the android market on a more frequent basis.
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    No, that's just a link.
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    thanks bro i forgot to i usually always do i did put the source in the story thanks snow
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    Oh yea. My bad.


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    I agree way to much garbage in the market. There should be some kind of standard or filter in place to keep some of the crap out. The advantage of android being an open market can also be a disadvantage..

    DX Liberty 2.0.1
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    I've been saying this for a while.
    Also, some sort of moderation on the comments would be nice.

    I hate weeding through spam and "dis ap sux brixt my fone" or people saying Titanium Backup doesn't work when they aren't rooted.
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    Yea a filter on the comments would be fine by me. To many people 1star and put bad comments when something doesn't work with their phone and it says in the description it wouldn't work with said phone. Not sure how much comments can be filtered as it is someone's opinion but I agree that some kind of filter or moderator would be welcome.

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    No problem. I know you do.
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    Ugh, that too. Colossal pet peeve.
    "Does not work with Droid Eris!"
    "Crap ap dont work @ all droid eris"

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    GOOD Looks man I appreciate I would never want to take credit for someones work
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    Maybe a small survey before you write/post comment like google gives the developer the option to put a 3 question survey like question

    1. are you rooted ?
    2.What android Operating System are you using ?
    3.Phone Model ?


    That is just off the top of my head .......if we get a good thread I can attache it to a email & send it to the google market suggestions with a small email & maybe someone @ google will see it & Change it
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    That is the downside to Google. Open, but fragmented, crappy apps, malware, etc...

    That's the price you pay to be able to root and play with your phone, have more hardware choices, etc...

    If Apple releases an iPhone that has a large screen, has 4G and a couple other features, I would go back.

    I left my iPhone and AT&T because I got tired of 8-10 dropped calls a day, and the screen is just too small for watching movies and browsing. Even texting is hard when you have large hands.

    But now that they are on Verizon, all I would need to switch back to an iPhone is a 4.3" or larger screen, and 4G.

    I like my Droid X, but both it and my girlfriend's TB have the rebooting issue. Always have, doesn't matter what version of Android is on there. Also, she can't use 4G or her 2750mAh extended batter goes dead in less than 4 hours.

    So needless to say, while we like the lack of dropped calls and the phones are better for browsing and watching movies, they reboot alot, they are not as refined, the choice of apps is less and Android just isn't as strong as iOS when it comes to stability.
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    But its a phone, meant for calling. Thats a category the iPhone fails terribly in.
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    The same apps show up multiple times, as well. If you search for a particular keyword (such as "alarm clock"), some apps show up three or four times in the list. I don't know if this means that the app was uploaded multiple times by the developer, with each upload being given a different ID, or whether the Android Market is doing this deliberately so that they can boast about having a greater number of apps available.
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    My wife's VZW iPhone drops calls ALL THE TIME. Drives us both nuts.
    And she constantly cuts in and out.

    Well, it did until we bought her a bumper. But I thought the VZW iPhone didn't have that problem?!?!
    :D

    iPhones are nice an all but until they support memory cards I would never consider one. And we know Apple will never do that.

    As for the topic, who cares? Might habve to sift through some crap to find gold but ... that's just like life! hahaha