Although this scheduled down-time will not have an impact on the consumer right away, the Android Market is going down for some good house keeping. However, only the ‘developer version’. To reiterate, the normal consumer level market will not change. At least, not yet. There is a lot of speculation surrounding what Google are planning to improve and change with this down-time, and we’re just as interested as everyone else.
Will we see the ability to buy music directly from the Android store? Perhaps we’re going to see some hybrid Amazon Android Market creation. Either way, something is coming. It might be small, it might be big, but the developers will let us know. And we’ll make sure you know too. To read the message that was sent to developers, click to read on.
We’re writing to inform you about a planned service outage impacting Android Market that requires your attention.
We plan to perform maintenance on the Android Market Developer Console on Thursday 18 November 2010 from 10AM to 4PM Pacific Standard Time. During this time, there will be view-only access to the Developer Console at http://market.android.com/publish. You will be able to view your list of applications and error reports; however, you will not be able to upload new apps or make updates to existing apps. The publish status of your applications and use of the Android Market app on phones should not be impacted.
Thanks, and we appreciate your patience while we work to improve Android Market.
The Android Market Team