We’re always linking to sites like androlib.com when we’re linking to Android apps. It’s generally because the official online version of the Android Market is pretty poor. It just shows a selection of apps and doesn’t do a great deal to help you search through them. For a company specialising in search, that’s a bit .. weird.
At the same time, Google have changed the way they sell the Nexus One because the existing web shop just isn’t working that well. Sure, it’s not quite blown the market apart but the direct online availability has at least put the phone in the hands of early adopters and many developers. Google now say that …
“It’s clear that many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from.”
They’re now switching to make the Nexus One more widely available in stories and through networks.
Google have shown that, despite the huge success of Android, not everything always goes to plan.
Link – Google Blog – Android Market (Online)