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Android Market to offer app refunds

One of the biggest advantages Google has by jumping into all this phone jazz after Apple is thechance to flat-out copy some of Apple’s successful innovations, but maybe even bigger is their opportunity to improve on some of the iPhone’s shortcomings.

+1 to Google for recognizing one of the biggest App Store flaws:  The inability to return apps that don’t live up to expectations.  From Computer World:

The Android Market business and program policies also include an item that says users can return any application for a full refund within 24 hours of the time of purchase. In the absence of a trial version of applications, this offer will let users return an application that might not deliver exactly what they expected.

24 hours is a pretty damn satisfactory cushion, considering I usually realize I’ve made a crappy app purchase within about 90 seconds.  There’s a huge downside to a cushion that big:  24 hours would provide enough time to not just return the apps that suck, but also the really good apps you realize you just won’t use all that much.  Good for the consumer, but terrible for developers, considering the cell phone app stores are proving to be the greatest enabler of regrettable impulse buys since the supermarket gum rack.

Anyway, here’s to hoping Apple takes notice and offers something similar.  [via Daring Fireball]


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October 16, 2008 at 7:31 pm

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iGoogle goes widescreen

(First, a lengthy aside/mini-rant:  It baffles me that any VC would pump money into a “startpage” company like NetVibes when Google has such a ridiculous advantage in this space.  Forget the unbelievable human resources Google has at their disposal: By simply promoting iGoogle on their homepage, they’re guaranteed a gigantic cut of marketshare.  I like to think most people who could use a startpage like this have already figured out how to set one up, and those that haven’t… guess where they’ll go to “search” for answers when they finally realize the void they need filled?  Even with an inferior product, which iGoogle is, Google will still manage to meet the needs of casual users just entering this space.

I’m not saying it would be impossible for someone like NetVibes to be acquired by a company that wants to make a splash in this space — although big players like Microsoft and Yahoo have already set themselves up in this area — I’m just saying it seems like a pretty tough nut to crack, and there’s probably better bets out there.  Like finding companies to solve the unsolved.)

Anyway, the new design (along with a few quality feature additions that will keep people entrenched in Google-ville a little longer) is a nice step forward for iGoogle.  Tempting to make the switch, but I’ve got too many feeds to tackle in Google Reader to have it as anything but my startpage.

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October 16, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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Gina Trapani’s hands-on T-Mobile Android G1 review

Some good stuff here, from one of the few tech reviewers I actually trust to cover the important stuff.  Mainly because, as Lifehacker editor, she tends to focus on features that make life more efficient – not a bunch of useless bells and whistles.

I have no interest in buying this phone, or any future Android-soaked hardware, but I will be rooting for all of them.  The iPhone is an amazing piece of technology that I can’t imagine taking for granted, and competition will only make it better.

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October 16, 2008 at 7:27 am

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