Google says Android is an open platform. GetJar CEO Iljas Laurs says it is not. He believes that Android is really closed, because it does not have total freedom. He went on to say that Google will start to exert a tighter control over Android, restricting what kinds of apps are developed and what technologies they can use.
Also, the 30 percent cut for the apps sold is tax on developers, according to Laurs, who said that large developers do not need Google’s assistance to push the app in a platform, and they can do it on their own at a lower price.
CNet has quoted Laurs as saying that the 30 percent cut is an industry standard only because Apple dictates it.
That being said, GetJar is an independent app store, so we need overlook the fact that it is a competitor of Android market, having crossed 2 billion app downloads in August, and 100 million downloads a month.
But GetJar is not the only one saying Android is closed. Skyhook, a private provider of services that help phones locate their position, and visual voicemail company YouMail join the team.
Nevertheless, Android is gearing up. Laurs said by next year, it should surpass Apple as the destination of choice for developers, adding that he expects a number of Android-exclusive apps to pop up.
So what can the developers do? Well, some are turning to HTML 5. And GetJar is saying developers should support independent app stores.
Laurs said he sees a further “forking” of Android; he said three or four versions of Android would be ideal for developers, allowing for competition between platforms and more options for distribution.
Too few options, and there is the risk of more control, but too many can create fragmentation. Developers would be smart to try to support as many of these variants as possible.
Turning to Microsoft Windows Phone is also a good idea, according to Laurs.