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Android Market in-app billing now testing, goes live next week

The Android Market is still missing a few key pieces of functionality. Among them is in-app payments -- which Google has now announced will begin rolling out next week. The company is encouraging developers to upload apps that include in-app purchases, and instructions have been provided to walk submitters through the set-up and testing process. Google has made sure test apps can't actually b...

Amazon Appstore for Android hands-on review: Android Market is in trouble

Earlier today Amazon released its long-awaited Appstore for Android. Fundamentally it's very similar to Google's first-party Android Market or the third-party AppBrain, but it has a few Amazonian differences that could set it apart from the competition very quickly. First and foremost, Amazon is promising to give away one paid app for free every day. Today it's Angry Birds Rio, and it only ...

Amazon Appstore accessible by hidden URL, Android app pricing and exclusive titles revealed

A cunning fellow over on Androidnews.de decided to add /apps to amazon.com and was rewarded with a list of 48 Android apps and their pricing! You need to be logged out for the Android apps to emerge, otherwise your personalized recommendations will appear instead. You can't click through to any product listings, but that's not really the interesting bit: the prices are visible, and they're d...

How to install non-Market applications on Android

This week's tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system's built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. When an Android user wants to install a new application, they usually just fire up the Market app, search for it, and install it with a couple of well-aimed button taps. There are times, however, wh...

Kongregate Arcade pulled from the Android Market for violating terms

While it might be packed with casual gaming fun, Kongregate Arcade for Android also violates Google's terms and conditions for distributing apps in the Android Market. Our brothers at Joystiq got word that Arcade was pulled because an app isn't allowed to distribute other apps. Sure, the game devs could repackage their Flash games and post them to the Market individually, but Kongregate's one-sto...

Windows 98 leads Windows Phone 7 in traffic share

Chitika, which runs an online advertising network utilized by companies such as Hearst Media, has posted some interesting graphs. After analyzing data from more than 100,000 sites in their network, Chitika has concluded that -- somehow -- visits from users running Windows 98 outnumber visits from Windows Phone 7 users by almost 2 to 1. WP7 is still pretty new of course, and Chitika does state ...

Amazon's Android Market competitor now accepting developer submissions

A few months back, Amazon announced that it would be launching an alternative to Google's Android Market. Amazon's offering would be a kind of hybrid between the Android Market and Apple's App Store. It will be curated -- where the Android Market is not -- but still open to all kinds of apps as long as there is no pornographic or expressly illegal content. One of the big quirks here is that Am...

Android Market update begins roll out to Android 1.6+ devices

We've seen an updated version of the Android Market first announced and then leaked on the interwebs for 1.6 'Donut' and above. But now Google's let slip that the updated Android Market, which features two new categories among many other refinements, will be rolling out to all Android 1.6 or later devices within the next two weeks. Checking the comments shows that a few lucky souls have already...

Android Market to begin accepting PayPal payments on October 26?

Google's recent payment expansion was good news for developers and users alike, but there's even better news today. According to The Street, the deal with eBay to integrate PayPal payments is all but done and will be announced at PayPal's developer conference on October 26th. Enabling PayPal payments for Android Market app purchases is huge, and it will no doubt help attract and encourage more...

Android Market devs, users in more countries able to buy and sell apps

One big knock against the Android Market has been the fact that developers could only receive payments from users in a handful of countries. Apart from adversely affecting global sales, that limitation also left a lot of developers who wanted to create localized Android apps frustrated. How can you you develop and sell an app targeted at Irish users if they can't pay for it in the Market? That...

August browser stats show Android, Chrome on the rise

It's the beginning of the month again, and that means it's time for the big analytics guns to release their browsing snapshots once again. While there's not a lot of movement to report on for August of 2010, Google is no doubt pleased with the way things played out. Android made a fairly major jump last month, climbing more than a full point -- from 7.91 to 9.22%. That gain came mostly at the ...

Windows 7 overtakes Vista in StatCounter's July figures

It was really only a question of when, but Windows 7 has finally overtaken Vista in operating system market share. Windows 7 is now closing in on 20% as Vista's presence continues to slide. Vista's lack of popularity aside, Windows 7's rise is still impressive -- especially when you consider the fact that widespread enterprise adoption won't really take off until service pack one is released earl...

Got an Android phone? Check out AppBrain's new 'push' installer

One of the most impressive features of Android 2.2 Froyo shown off at Google I/O was its 'push' functionality. If you missed the keynote, it's worth watching -- but in short: you can push things from your desktop computer to your phone. Reading some news, but have to head off to work? Just click a button and it pops up on your phone. The same goes for apps: browse the Android Market on your deskto...

57% of Android apps are free -- iPhone apps: only 27%

In a report published last week it became painfully apparent just how different the iOS and Android ecosystems are. Not only does Android have significantly more free apps than either the iPhone or iPad, but paid apps also cost less on Android. 57% of all Android Market apps are free, compared to 28% of the iPhone App Store and just 23% for the iPad. Only the Windows Marketplace has less fre...

Understanding the Android Market security system

Last week I (and a bunch of other sites) ran a scandalous-sounding story about the Android Market and how 'up to 20% of its apps could be malware'. Google actually contacted us and asked for a retraction; I refused. Instead, I decided to explain the Android Market permission system. If you don't own an Android phone, the permission system is fantastic. Every app has to define which resources it...