Thursday, October 15, 2009

Paranoid Android

The Bad News
Well, it turns out that we Canadian Android (Candroids?) developers are not allowed to sell applications on google app market :_(

The Good News
Jesse Brown of the excellent Search Engine podcast has blogged about my dilemma. Check out the full details here. Here's a snippet of what I wrote:

So, I access the merchant account to give them my bank account details and guess what, no Canada! Wait a minute, I just paid $25 for something that I can't offer in my own country. I moved here from Ireland a number of years ago so I am used to always lagging behind a big neighbour (i.e. England) but when I search online I find out that google doesn't allow Canadian (or Irish for that matter) developers sell on Android market and appears to have no plans to do so in the future.

So much for an open and fair system for everyone.

Monday, October 5, 2009

My first android app!

Had a little free time over the weekend and came up with the following. The image on the left is a clue and no, its not an indication of how I feel after an intense bout of coding :-) Rather its a simple application that uses the orientation sensor on an android phone to alert you (via a vibration) that you are not sitting up straight. I call it PosturePerfect. As I mentioned in a previous post, I am thinking of trying out Android Market to promote and sell the app. Right now, I am thinking of having two versions: a free trial version and a fully featured pay version.

I don't really care whether I make a penny on it or not. To my mind, the interesting side of all this is that a person, in his or her spare time, can do something that used to take a full software company: including marketing, quality assurance, etc. And all of this is accomplished using a cluster of open and freely available tools. It would be nice if it was a success of course...