Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Apr 2011 22:33 UTC
Legal This is interesting. I've been saying for a while now that both Apple and Microsoft are hard at work making Android as undesirable as possible. Sadly, they're not doing this by making their own products better, but by trying to make it seem as if Android isn't free due to patent costs and such. It looks like Barnes & Noble is the first company to openly say the same.
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While I agree with some of the points of your discussion I see (as an android user) that the number of quality pay for applications on android has been dramatically improving over the last 6 months. If the momentum continues there will be a great deal of money to be made through the market for even small developers. The key issue with any app store is how to distinguish yourself from the other apps, that is where the challenge lies for new entries into any market place on either apple, android, blackberry etc.. being a featured app may provide some inroads to profits however it is hard to keep that momentum when the application is not featured...

The good news is that many of the traditional big software companies have very little in the mobile space so it's allowing the small guys to grow, where traditionally the cost to enter the market is too high for small developers.

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