How Google can fix the broken app store for indie-game devs — and leapfrog Apple in the process

However, the new requirement doesn’t really address a core, underlying cause for the practice: broken app discovery. Fortunately for Google, it has a number of means to quickly gain the edge on discovery over Apple. In the process, the search giant can greatly help the independent developer community.

Amazon’s app store sees massive growth (but it’s no Google Play)

Amazon’s app store for Android has grown massively in popularity since the Kindle Fire was released in November 2011, doubling the number of developers who publish to the store and tripling the number of apps. Plus, Amazon says, hundreds of millions of apps have now been downloaded from the store.
Of course, that’s barely a blip on the Google’s radar, since the official Android market, Google Play, has seen more than 20 billion downloads on 600,000 apps.

Google building a store for Web applications

Sundar Pichai, a vice president of product management at Google, demonstrated a new company service today at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco that he says represents his company’s attempt to solve two of the big problems facing Web developers — discoverability and monetization.

FCC investigating rejection of Google Voice apps from iPhone store

Regulators from the Federal Communications Commission have sent letters to AT&T and Apple, demanding to know “the who, what and why” of Apple’s rejection of Google’s official Google Voice app for the iPhone, according to a report by Wired News reporter Ryan Singel. AT&T has been widely rumored to have demanded that Apple remove all Google Voice apps from its store.

Google: Are app stores going the way of the dinosaur? Maybe

Google executives are pushing developers to create applications for the web, saying the Web has won, and suggesting that building applications for the desktop may no longer necessary. Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra,  speaking at Google’s  “I/O conference” in San Francisco declared, “The web has won.” Developing “native” applications that run on computer desktops or other devices will eventually be superseded by more lighter and dynamic apps that run in the web browser, he implied.

Android Market, Google's response to Apple's App Store for third party developers

Mobile software operating system Android is coming soon, at least on one device — and that device will have a way for third-party applications to get access to users. The Google-led software initiative will offer a service called Android Market, a way to find, maybe purchase and download third-party applications (and maybe other content?). This is like what Apple’s App Store is for the iPhone and iPod. But there are some differences, according to the Android team post about it today. Specifically, “we chose the term ‘market’ rather than ‘store’ because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available.”