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Android Market Forces Dev To Spam So They’re Banned

So Android has a shitty market that lets everyone and their grandparents join in in. It gets so inundated with apps that the good ones can’t make it to the top, so what’s a dev to do to try to make a buck? Flood the market with their own spam, naturally. Well that’s what So Wallpaper did. See, they had 1,500 apps in the market and Google removed all of them. Some of them were spam but others were real apps and in an attempt to promote the real ones they threw spam into the market. Apparently Google also recently cleaned 6,000 spam apps also. But let’s get back to the motivation here. Here are a few quotes string together:

We didn’t want to have to do that. But the Android Market doesn’t have many people who like to pay for apps. So how is a developer to live? Just off of ad revenue?

We have many developer accounts, such as, rosa,, and gogopwz. Each of them also has many apps.We will still flood the Android Market until it provides a better profit environment. We will fire in the end! We welcome other developers to join with us.

I’m not really convinced that pissing everyone off by ruining the market is a good route to take…and probably even worse to be so vocal about intentionally doing harm. Obviously developers want and deserve to get paid for their hard work and in a good market they should. The good apps should float to the top and the developers get compensation in the forms of straight money or ads. Is it the developers fault (for not making a good enough app) or Google’s (for not making a good enough market/structure)? is Google the new Apple who is about to take control of the market? Those of you who use Goog share your thoughts on the ease of finding good apps and if you ever pay for apps, only get free apps, use ad apps, etc.

via Android Guys