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Missing Android Apps Back, Google Navigation Heads To Mainland Europe

Douglas Carter
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Many people have been reporting about certain apps going missing in the Android Market. What's worse, apparently Google were not acknowledging the problem, leading many to believe Google was not concerned with the problems that developers apps were experiencing. Fortunately, yesterday a statement on the Android Developer Blog was released that said the problem "looks to be resolved."

In regards to the problem, AndroidCentral writes that "Apps have been disappearing from the Android Market for a good many of you (and us) for a few days now, and you've been screaming for answers."

The Google team had this to say regarding the matter in a blog post:

Recently we became aware that some Android applications were not visible on the Android Market. While we were internally troubleshooting and qualifying the fix and communicating with our hardware partners, developers were trying hard to get our help through various technical support sites. Regrettably, we fell short of our own standard for customer support by not communicating the issue to our developers and how we were working to resolve it.

We’re pleased to say that the issue looks to be resolved with a patch, and to our best knowledge, all apps that were previously impacted are up and visible again. Again, apologies for the delay and inconvenience this created.

AndroidGuys reminds us that "Getting this fixed is one thing. Understanding they need to be more transparent and forthcoming with communication
is another. Hopefully they see the value in being upfront. People generally respond to bad news somewhat more favorable if it's acknowledged. Not saying anything at all is typically received as not caring enough."

In other Google news, Engadget is reporting that Google Maps Navigation has finally made its way into Canada and "most of mainland Europe." The countries which received the service are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland.

I tested it myself today here in Germany, and sure enough, the turn-by-turn navigation service was working (although the "female" voice could definitely use some help with her German pronunciation.)

Other Sources: AndroidCentral, AndroidGuys, Engadget, Phandroid

Image from AndroidCentral

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    Jay O. Jun 9, 2010 Link

    Glad to hear they're trying to resolve this issue, it was beginning to get on my nerves. That, and the ridiculous amount of time it takes to download certain applications.

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