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Google is making changes to the Android Market that affects users and developers. Many of these changes are a very welcome modification. Some, however, arent so very desirable. According to an article by Ed Burnette, ZDNet, the changes were to take place in mid-December. The Android Market sent out an email December 11th to give developers a heads up.

Big Changes in the Android Marketplace

What exactly are these changes and how will they affect us? According to Burnette, the changes include:

* Reducing the purchase refund window to 15 minutes (!). Previously, users had 24-48 hours to try an application and get a refund if they didnt like it. Some developers worried that a long refund period could lead to abuses, but users were limited to one refund per applicationso whats the big deal?
* Users will be able to filter applications by content rating. Developers must set a content rating for their apps: Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen, or All. Applications or games without a rating will be treated as Mature.
* The details page for every app will show a 180120 Promotional Graphic at the top, provided by the developer in the Developer Console.
* Developers can also specify more than 2 screenshots, in several different sizes (currently 320480, 480800, or 480854). Presumably the number of sizes will expand as different resolutions become more common.
* Market will support filtering based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats. Filtering is based on and elements in an apps manifest, instead of console settings.
* The Market is getting new dynamic categories that will be based on an apps manifest. If your app includes wallpapers or widgets, Market will automatically add them to the new categories.
* The maximum size for application packages is increasing from 25MB to 50MB.

Rating Apps for content is a big deal. The apps are rated as Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen, or All. This is a very welcome change for the consumers. From the responses to Burnettes article, it is easy to see that content rating is an important issue for many users. The purchase refund time is another issue that readers wrote about. Most think that 15 minutes is too short a time to try out an app to see if it is what you were looking for. My suggestion is that the users do a bit more research on the app by going to the apps website for the info. Still, it would be nicer to have at least an hour to decide. We dont live in an ideal world, but a compromise would be nice.

Do these changes in the Android Market affect you? How do you feel about them? Are you a developer and does that affect you differently? Are you pleased with the changes? In this day and age of Smartphone app markets, both the consumer and the developers should get a vote. Inquiring minds want to know.





Google is making changes to the Android Market that affects users and developers. Many of these changes are a very welcome modification. Some, however, arent so very desirable. According to an article by Ed Burnette, ZDNet, the changes were to take place in mid-December. The Android Market sent out an email December 11th to give developers a heads up.

Big Changes in the Android Marketplace

What exactly are these changes and how will they affect us? According to Burnette, the changes include:

* Reducing the purchase refund window to 15 minutes (!). Previously, users had 24-48 hours to try an application and get a refund if they didnt like it. Some developers worried that a long refund period could lead to abuses, but users were limited to one refund per applicationso whats the big deal?
* Users will be able to filter applications by content rating. Developers must set a content rating for their apps: Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen, or All. Applications or games without a rating will be treated as Mature.
* The details page for every app will show a 180120 Promotional Graphic at the top, provided by the developer in the Developer Console.
* Developers can also specify more than 2 screenshots, in several different sizes (currently 320480, 480800, or 480854). Presumably the number of sizes will expand as different resolutions become more common.
* Market will support filtering based on screen sizes and densities, as well as on GL texture compression formats. Filtering is based on and elements in an apps manifest, instead of console settings.
* The Market is getting new dynamic categories that will be based on an apps manifest. If your app includes wallpapers or widgets, Market will automatically add them to the new categories.
* The maximum size for application packages is increasing from 25MB to 50MB.

Rating Apps for content is a big deal. The apps are rated as Mature, Teen, Pre-Teen, or All. This is a very welcome change for the consumers. From the responses to Burnettes article, it is easy to see that content rating is an important issue for many users. The purchase refund time is another issue that readers wrote about. Most think that 15 minutes is too short a time to try out an app to see if it is what you were looking for. My suggestion is that the users do a bit more research on the app by going to the apps website for the info. Still, it would be nicer to have at least an hour to decide. We dont live in an ideal world, but a compromise would be nice.

Do these changes in the Android Market affect you? How do you feel about them? Are you a developer and does that affect you differently? Are you pleased with the changes? In this day and age of Smartphone app markets, both the consumer and the developers should get a vote. Inquiring minds want to know.
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