I got a new phone yesterday. To celebrate - and to give the camera alongside some of the interesting Android HDR apps available on the Android Market - I grabbed a shot of the Manchester skyline. One thing I am noticing straight away is that while ‘free’ and 69p apps are commonplace on iTunes it is noticeably a different story with Android.
The majority of ‘free’ apps on the App Market are variations of the old tryware model. Depending on how lucky you are and how carefully you examine the functions list you might get something you can use. Equally the Android apps seem to have no real upper limit. While £1.99 and £2.49 verge on premium on iTunes, a wide range of Android apps seem to hit the £9.99 and higher market and these are not the gold, bling, ‘cause-I-can type of App but fairly straightforward tools such as replacements for the built-in functionality of most modern phones such as the email client or camera.
As a consumer that’s all a bit rubbish for the average Android phone owner. But in terms of a sustainability business model with sufficient incentives for innovation maybe the Android Market is closer to the mark. Which platform is most likely to host a ground-breaking application with a very tightly defined audience of specialist users? I think I could hazard a guess.
Camera: Samsung GT-N7000