Report says Google is hiring developers to work home on mobile apps for its Android operating system, as the tech giant goes on its challenge to Apple’s iOS and the popular gadgets that run on it.
Google product-management director, Benjamin Ling has been overseeing a try to wheedle software engineers, user-interface experts, and product managers into the Google fold, according to the report of The Wall Street Journal, quoting unidentified sources.
The Journal added that several present Google workers have moved their positions at the company to link the app project, which will be extended across worldwide offices of Google and cover the whole thing from Angry Birds-like games to Foursquare-like check-in apps. The ensuing apps will almost certainly be free, with ads incorporated to make income, the Journal alleged.
The mobile fight has been exploding for Google and cross-Valley competitor Apple. Google has been breathing behind neck of the Apple in the smartphone market, and a few say tables for instance Motorola’s Xoom, which run on Google’s “Honeycomb” OS for tablets, may well provide the violently well-liked iPad a run for the money.
Apple, in the meantime, is lastly giving up the iPhone on Verizon, and has a well guide when it comes to apps. Over 350,000 paid and without charge iPhone and iPad apps are accessible in Apple’s App Store, and over 10 billion have already been downloaded as the launch of the store last July 2008. It’s a general industry regulation of thumb that the more apps obtainable for a specified gadget, the more possible purchasers that gadget be able to create a center of attention.
Android Market of Google presently features below 130,000 apps, although it’s steady of offerings allegedly raised over 500 percent previous year, compared with Apple’s App Store, which saw offerings increase by about 110 percent. Developers, it appears, are warming up to Android.
In addition to separately from company competitions and fights among gadgets, the market for mobile apps is not anything to sneeze at. Gartner lately forecasted that such apps will generate $15 billion in income this year, with downloads over repetition, to 17.2 billion from 8.2 billion of 2010.
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