imageToday, with the nationwide launch of the G1 unit. Google also launched the Android Market, the app store for the Android phone.

With Android Market, users can easily download apps to their Android-powered phone. Users can also rate the apps they’ve downloaded and leave comments. These users’ ratings along with anonymous usage statistics help determine how apps are ranked and presented within Android Market.

App developers only need to register ($25 one time fee) and upload applications starting  Monday, 2008-10-27. Once registered, apps can be made available to users without further validation or approval. Developers will get 70% of the revenue from each purchase; the remaining amount goes to carriers and billing settlement fees—Google does not take a percentage. There are still a handful of apps available for now, but we should expect to see more with this attractive business model.  Some noteworthy apps includes: iSkoope (Skype), iMeem (Music search/streaming), Amazon (MP3 store),

[Source Android Developer Blog]

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