Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Wisconsin and now....Android? Apparently, people in the Middle East are not the only ones organizing to protest what they see as oppressive policies. It appears as if a certain group of Android developers are forming a union in an attempt to force Google to change some of their policies for distributing apps. Please read on and give your thoughts and comments on the demands of the Android Developers Union.
Although, it is still unclear how many people are working behind the scenes to support this protest movement, the Android Developers Union has already laid out a list of seven demands on their website:
1. Renegotiation of the 32% Google-tax on applications sale: Reduce the tax on every app.
2. Remedy to the Order of Entry Effect: Change the Most Recent and Top Selling categories to give smaller apps a chance to up the rankings.
3. Public Bug Tracking: Make the Android Market open-source for developers to be able to fix bugs.
4. Increased Payment Options: More payment options aside from Google Checkout
5. Codified Rules and a Removal Appeal Process: Make clear rules about content on Market and allow developers to appeal the removal of their apps.
6. Communication and Engineering Liaison: More feedback and communication with developers.
7. Algorithmic Transparency: Open and share the Market algorithms with developers.
Obvsiouly, it difficult to tell at this point how successful the Developers Union will be at attaining their goals, but I bet that these demands resonate with many Android developers. Given the fact that Google takes pride in Android being an open-source software, it should guarantee the same degree of openness and communication with the developer community. The new Android revolutionaries are threatening to boycott the Android Market and distribute their apps through alternative markets. As an AndroidPIT fan, I hope that developers are taking advantage of our Android App Center to market their apps and have an overall better experience. At AndroidPIT we're always open to new ideas and suggestions for improving our App Center and website. I encourage all developers to use our Forum to hash out new ideas and plans. We're trying to build a friendly and open community here at AndroidPIT and I am very understanding of some of the concerns expressed by Android developers with respect to Google's Android Market.
Feel free to give your two cents on the issue in the comments section!