Google Android Market - An open content distribution system

Google unveiled its plans for a store “Android Market,” an open content distribution system that will help end users find, purchase, download and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices. Basically, a concept similar to the iPhone's App Store. Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google […]

Google unveiled its plans for a store “Android Market,” an open content distribution system that will help end users find, purchase, download and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices. Basically, a concept similar to the iPhone's App Store.

Developers will be able to make their content available on an open service hosted by Google that features a feedback and rating system similar to YouTube. We chose the term “market” rather than “store” because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available.

On the other hand, Google also shared details of the first Android-powered handsets:

The first handsets running Android, expected to appear later this year, will include a beta version of the Android Market, Google's Eric Chu wrote in a blog post revealed. Initially, users will at least be able to find free applications there. After that, Google expects to update the Market to allow users to buy and download paid content.