Linked by Jennimc on Sun 17th Jul 2011 21:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In Taiwan, Google recently stopped showcasing paid applications in its marketplace owing to the continuing fight that arose merely because of the change in the return policy, when it was dramatically reduced to just fifteen minutes from 24 hours. In related news, "Apple has rolled out a new refund policy in the Taiwanese versions of its App Store, Mac App Store, and iBookstore. The changes, reported by IDG News this morning, give app buyers the option to get a refund on paid applications and e-books within seven days of buying them from one of Apple's digital storefronts."
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Android Market sucks
by JAlexoid on Sun 17th Jul 2011 22:15 UTC
JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

Well... So far Android Market isn't a "really great product" coming from Google. I would qualify it as a beta product still...
It's not as flexible as one might want, it has some stupid bugs. As a publisher, I can say that Apple's AppStore is better on almost all fronts(as software, not a comment on apps in the marketplace or AppStore). One exception though - pricing flexibility.
It's amazing what they rolled out as limited beta in Google+, while a released product Android Market is just plain too bad...

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RE: Android Market sucks
by TechGeek on Mon 18th Jul 2011 03:27 in reply to "Android Market sucks"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

The article doesn't mention the reason for the change. Maybe people were abusing the system in that country. Like buying apps, returning them, and then buying them all over again to keep from ever actually paying for it. Also, since Apple has an all sales are final policy in most places, you can't really fault Google which at least gave 24 hours to start with. As for the quality of the actual store, I haven't heard any real complaints about it.

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RE[2]: Android Market sucks
by gbil on Mon 18th Jul 2011 06:03 in reply to "RE: Android Market sucks"
gbil Member since:
2008-01-05

Actually before the change to 15 minutes you had 24 hours and only one could you get a refund. Thus the companies had nothing to lose. The current situation on the other hand is that customers have to test the application within 15 minutes !!!! Just ridiculous.

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RE[2]: Android Market sucks
by Laurence on Mon 18th Jul 2011 11:52 in reply to "RE: Android Market sucks"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The article doesn't mention the reason for the change. Maybe people were abusing the system in that country. Like buying apps, returning them, and then buying them all over again to keep from ever actually paying for it. Also, since Apple has an all sales are final policy in most places, you can't really fault Google which at least gave 24 hours to start with. As for the quality of the actual store, I haven't heard any real complaints about it.

From what I heard (discussions on IRC) the reason for the drop was that some people were buying games and completing them in 24 hours and then returning them. However I'm yet to read anything (semi) official verifying this.

15mins, is in my opinion, worse than useless. It limits where you can download the app (as you need to save yourself good time to test it) and then encourages users to just ditch the app at the 1st sign of trouble and without even trying it properly. While I can understand 24 hours might have exposed the market to abuse, 15 minutes is far too far the other way!

In fact, there's not much I do like about Androids market. The OS as a whole I love but Android Market in severe need for some TLC.

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RE: Android Market sucks
by WereCatf on Mon 18th Jul 2011 11:01 in reply to "Android Market sucks"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I have now had an Android Honeycomb tablet for about a month. It's the first and only Android device I own or have used and thus I had thought about doing an article here about my experiences with it, mostly focusing on the shortcomings and criticism of Android. But meh, I don't think anyone would bother reading yet another such article, so I think I'll skip it.

Anyways, Android Market was actually one of the points I had planned to ramble about: there has already been 5 or so cases of malware being implanted in Android Market during just the last few months. That's quite often and a horrible risk for end-users who obviously expect a market-place like that to be safe to use! It is nice for developers that Google doesn't check the applications and that you can just slap whatever you want in there, but safety for end-users should come first. Google should really start reviewing the applications and games that are submitted to Market.

Also, the categories - system... well, what's the point of having such when it's not enforced in any way or form? There's plenty of apps that are in the completely wrong section, ignoring any and all guidelines and common sense, and some developers even seem to push their apps in wrong, less-active categories just so their apps would stay visible as long as possible. While this isn't a security problem per se, it does constitute to the somewhat soddy, let's-just-slap-something-together feeling of Android.

Thirdly, the comments and ratings system is buggy. First of all, even if I buy something I still cannot make comments or rate the applications on my tablet if I'm using the Market app; I can only comment and rate if I use the browser to browse Market. Also, for some reason, I'm seeing different comments in the Market app and the browser version. I've even seen some applications that have 15 comments when viewed with browser and none at all when viewed with Market app. Again, really soddy and constitutes to the bad taste left in one's mouth.

Fourth...Well, it seems Market just suggests stuff based on what has been popular, not in any way or form related to what you might be interested in. It would be nice if you could for example define a list of what kinds of stuff you'd like to see in suggestions.

Fifth, Market shows applications as compatible or incompatible based on the device manufacturer and model, not based on actual physical properties and software version. For example I sometimes see an application shown as "incompatible" on my tablet even though Galaxy Tab 10.1 has exact same hardware and software; the developer simply hasn't listed my tablet in the compatible devices and thus Market doesn't allow me to install it, yet it works just peachy if I find the .apk somewhere else. Again, this is something Google really needs to fix, it isn't THAT hard to check what processor is in use, how much memory, storage, software version and screen space is available, and compare that to what the application developer has stated as the minimum instead of relying on a pre-compiled list of "compatible" devices.

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RE[2]: Android Market sucks
by TechGeek on Mon 18th Jul 2011 14:10 in reply to "RE: Android Market sucks"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

Werecatf

I would be interested to know which tablet you have and what your over all impressions are of the device and interface. The marketplace may stink, but with the freedom Android offers, a better one will be built eventually.

I agree somewhat with you about the malware, but I don't want a walled garden around the OS like Apple has. Thats one of the main reasons I won't buy an iPad.

Edited 2011-07-18 14:11 UTC

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RE: Android Market sucks
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 18th Jul 2011 14:32 in reply to "Android Market sucks"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

What are the missing features that you would want? I'm a rare visitor to the store, I usually know what app I want before I launch the marketplace. For that, it works great!

Call me paranoid, but I'm not browsing for a random app from an unknown dev in the marketplace.

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