Thursday, September 30, 2010

Android is getting bigger oh really

Yesterday Google announced that they are expanding market availability to 29 more countries.

Google is mimicking Apple with this "availability game", just like the iTunes store, the android market is still not available from all locations. Users from those countries, where the stores and markets are not available, will have a really hard time getting used to paying for content, that they already had available for free the past years.

All developers got this mail:

..."Effective today, developers from 20 additional countries (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan) can now sell paid apps on Android Market. Over the next 2 weeks, users from 18 new countries (Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan) will be able to purchase paid apps from Android Market."...

Also there is a blog post at the android dev blog.

The problem is, that the market is expanding extremely slow. Everyone outside of the paid app countrys already got his/her favourity pirate site, where they get their apps from.
These are not convenient, because you can't get market updates like that. These programs also could screw up your backups.
If you have Settings/Privacy/Back up my data checked, and you do a factory reset with pirated apps, the market won't work properly after a factory reset.
After the factory reset the first thing the market does, is try to download all the apps, that were backed up. It will obviously fail with paid apps. The fix for that is not using that backup options, and doing another factory reset...


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