With the adoption of Google’s Android platform in Canada there are many reasons to jump on board. First is the simplicity for consumers to use the OS, and developers benefit from its open source aspect. There has been many manufactures to release devices such as the HTC Magic, Dream and HTC Hero, LG Eve, Samsung Galaxy and recently the Motorola Milestone.
One of the hot topics is the Android Market. This is where users can download apps and truly customize their device. In the Android Market there are well over 30,000 apps available to download, 60% of these are free and 40% are paid. However in Canada we are unfortunately shut out when it comes to paid apps… which is basically limiting us from getting the full Android experience.
A very small glimmer of light comes today when it comes to paid apps in Canada. According to Google Canada spokesperson Wendy Rozeluk states “There are many factors that come into play to make sure the selling and purchasing processes run smoothly. It takes time to bring support to more countries, which is something we are working hard to do”. The Montreal Gazzette has stated that Google is “working on the problem and hopes to make an announcement next week.”
As I said, a very small glimmer of light… but worth holding out for. Paid apps will treat everyone well. Consumers will purchase them and make their device better. Developers will jump on board and develop great Canadian apps that people will want to purchase.