Paid content on Android doesn’t work, says Angry Birds dev

By on December 30, 2010
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Believes Apple App Store will remain the number one platform for a long time.

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In an interview with Tech ‘n’ Marketing, Rovio Games developer Peter Vesterbacka said that the Android Marketplace was too complex and too inconsistent for paid content to ever work on the platform.

Vesterbacka partly blames carriers, that according to him, are just adding to the complexity of the the very “Google centric ecosystem”. However, he dismissed concerns over the fragmentation of the Android platform, saying it wasn’t “a huge problem”.

The Angry Birds dev had good things to say for the Apple platform, saying the company has done many things right, and backs it up to be the number one platform for a long time.

Here is what he said:
“Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right. And they know what they are doing and they call the shots. Android is growing, but it’s also growing complexity at the same time. Device fragmentation not the issue, but rather the fragmentation of the ecosystem. So many different shops, so many different models. The carriers messing with the experience again. Open but not really open, a very Google centric ecosystem. And paid content just doesn’t work on Android.

Besides Apple and Google, it will be interesting to see how long it will take for Nokia to get their act together. MeeGo is clearly the future there, remains to be seen how big and how soon. HP-Palm webOS is a really cool OS and has been a pleasure developing for that one, but the volume is irrelevant for the time being. Everything else is more or less “interesting” right now, ie no real business to be had, at least not yet.”

Source: Tech n Marketing.


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