AN ANDROID Developers Union has been set up to fight Google over allegations of poor Android Market conditions.
Apparently a disgruntled Android developer has compiled a list of demands that he believes will improve the Android Market. The demands include renegotiation of the 32 per cent Google tax on apps sales, public bug tracking, increased payment options, and a removal appeals process.
He says on the Android Developers Union blog, "If our demands are not met, we will move our applications to alternative marketplaces or the web, cease Android development in favor of other more open platforms."
"We will dissuade other developers from developing Android projects, and we will work tirelessly to counter any of Google's hypocritical claims about Openness in the media."
It is difficult to know how seriously to take this Android Developers Union, as it's unknown whether there is actually a group of developers involved rather than just one who is a little crazy and seriously annoyed. The picture the blog uses doesn't help, which is a photoshopped Android logo with a communist red star symbol and a fist of defiance.
One of the comments on the union's website was by 'Troy', who wrote, "But where exactly would you go? To Apple's app store? Symbian? The first one I mentioned is more locked down than Google's and Symbian is going to be replaced in 2 years."
"Every other app store is DOA due to the low market share they have. Android Market is the best thing you have going for you. Face it." µ
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