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According to a story run on the Wall Street Journal yesterday, Google is set to open up paid applications on the Android Market this week.  The statement is made in a rather matter of fact way that cites no sources, anonymous or otherwise. Google, too, hosts an application store, dubbed the Android Market, for phones running its Android mobile operating system, the first of which is the G1 from Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA. This week Google will start allowing developers to charge for software sold through the Android Market, according to people familiar with the matter. The emphasis is…

Slashphone has posted a list of the bug fixes and new features that are part of the new RC33 Firmware 1.1 update that started filtering out to T-Mobile G1 users this week. New features include the Android Market’s application update check and new comment spam marking function, Google’s Voice Search, and the ability to save photos from MMS messages. In terms of bugs, the email app has been updated to deal properly with Comcast email, and it should now exit cleanly instead of issuing the “Force Close” popup.  IM sessions can withstand WiFi being turned on and off now, a…

A new site called AndroidStats.com is providing people with a list of the top selling Android games and other apps from the Android Market.  It’s nothing earth shattering, but it does make it easy to see what apps are moving on the Market.

Google’s Eric Chu sent out an email message to Android Market participants recently that outlines some of the company’s plans for the future of the Android Market.  In particular, Eric explained that developers will be able to target specific countries with an application, which will allow them to offer, for example, a French version of the app to customers in France and an English version of an app for those in the U.S. and U.K. Eric also said that we will see paid apps in the market in “early Q1″ of 2009.  Since it requires some time to set up…

The makers of cold and flu medication Zicam have released an application for Android that lets users monitor the risk of catching a cold or the flu in their specific area.  The free application is available from the Android Market and will provide risk information based on the ZIP code that the user enters. The app tells users what percentage of people in their ZIP are currently suffering, and will also report what the most common symptoms are and what people should be on the lookout for.  The app even offers coupons for Zicam’s products – which is the real…

Eric Chu over at the Android Developer Blog posted some additional details on the workings of the Android Market from the developer’s perspective. Starting on October 27th, 2008, developers will be able to register themselves and then upload their applications to the Android Market. The one-time registration fee will cost each developer $25, which covers the cost of Google authenticating the developer. Once a developer is registered, though, future apps sent to the market will not need any further validation. Right now only free applications can be posted on the Android Market, but starting in early Q1 of 2009 paid…

We’re not sure what the reasoning is, but of the 50 or so applications that were available on the G1′s Android Market when we first received the device two weeks back, only 15 remain. Say what? A number of good apps and games that we currently have running on one of our G1 phones are no longer available to the general public. I can agree in principal that some of the apps that were there were junk, but that was certainly not the case for all of them. This move seems very much at odds with Google’s normal modus operandi,…

It seems that Apple is not the only player in the mobile world that has implemented a kill switch to disable/remove applications that are discovered to be dangerous. While we don’t know if the functionality is actually in the Android OS yet, Google mentions it in its terms and conditions. Computer World has posted a piece on the details. The important point, I suppose, is that in the event of a “recall” of a rogue app that had to be purchased, Google will try to recover the purchase fees from the developer. If they can’t recover all of the fees,…

Today Google’s Eric Chu provided details on its upcoming Android Market application store – something Andy Rubin had hinted at before. The Android Market will allow developers to offer both free and for-purchase applications to people with Android based smartphones. Built-in support for the Android Market will be included in the Android OS. Google will host the application store, which will let users find, purchase and download, and install applications. Users can then provide feedback to the developer and even rate the application in a way that Google says is similar to how YouTube works. For developers, the process is…