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Coming soon: The Droids you're looking for

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February

Being someone who uses Apple products on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that the Gadget Guy blog contains a lot of info on Mac products. And with the constant flow of new products for mobile devices, much of that includes iPhone news. Over the last few months, some Gadget Guy readers have been asking for more Android information and I've been making an effort toward that end. 4948191790_9fa985bfd3.jpgThe best way for me to share these things with you, however, is for me to experience them myself so I can pass along more than a bunch of PR-speak from a press release or app description. With no Android device available to me that just hasn't been possible, until now.

That's right, I now have the Droid you've been looking for. With an Android-based device at my disposal I now can hit up the Android Market to check out the apps and let you know what's out there. And actually, I just spent a lot of my weekend downloading and testing, trying to find the diamonds in the pile of coal that is the Android Market.

And actually, that's my first observation about Android. The good thing? It's open-source. The bad thing? It's open-source. Going through the Android Market I found a lot of apps that lacked the polish I'm used to finding in the iOS App Store. There, even the free apps are great. I suspect that's because Apple has a strict (too strict in some cases) approval process to govern the content and usability of their apps while the Android Market 84b5b_android-market.jpgis pretty loose, sort of like a flea market for apps. Google has no approval process for the Android Market, just a brief screening to check for basic functionality issues. They then depend on the Android community to flag and report apps for various reasons.

But as I said, the open-source thing is cool too and I'm already learning how to make simple Android apps. I plan to share what I learn and maybe you can make some apps too.

For now I'll be starting with some of the free Android apps and will work my way to some of the better ones you can buy. So for you all you Android folks, there will be less reason for you to "move along."

[Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 11:49am]

    

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