Android developers unite against Google, want fairer rules

Android developers unite against Google, want fairer rules
Some Android developers have decided to take the power into their own hands, and formed an anti-Google group called The Android Developers Union.

They present themselves in the following way:

"This is the Android Developers Union blog! This blog will host stories by developers and customers who have been screwed by the Android Market, updates about our campaigns to improve the Market conditions, and comments on the response from Google!"

One of the seven demands that these unhappy developers have made is the renegotiation of the 32% Google takes for every app that's sold through the Android Market. If their complaints are not taken into account, the devs claim that they will move to another platform and will try to convince other developers to follow their path.

The Union's blog is also a place where various developers write how they have been mistreated by Google. One such example is Ric, who has created more than 18 Android apps. His problems started when he released an application called Rapid Download!, which was later removed without any warning or notification.

After that, he contacted Google, and received some automated e-mails. When he started to receive non-automated e-mails, they were of no use, except for the one that he says "threatened" him. According to him, the mail read:

"[If he]... violated the rules again, [his] account would be deactivated and all of [his] applications would be removed from the Market."

As he makes a living from Android apps, this would mean he is without a job and without an income. He continues:

"This kind of treatment is unacceptable. Since I began developing Android applications two years ago, Google has collected over $14,000 in “service fees” as part of their 30 percent tax on all sales – and the only service they have ever provided me is a threatening letter."

Do you think these developers will succeed against Google?

source: TechEye via Phandroid



1. 10aera

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Well... it is true that what Google answered to Ric wasn't cool! But it is also true that Google deseves a great percentage of earning because their's is the platform (in this case, boss and owner of the building and environment) developers use to make profit. If he makes his living from android... thanks to google... he must respect the rules of android and google like any other employee must respect his/her employer rules! However, Google depend deeply on its developers... so... a new arragement must be done... 20% for google will be nice considering that the main source of profit for google on android is on advertising... take care of your employees and they will take care of the company!

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

agreed. people must also remember that Google offers the payment method for them and as a company that offers payment service to any other a certain percentage must be applied in other to, at minimum keep the service operational

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

But this totally contradicts to what android fanatics claim that Apple is money hungry while google is not. Apple gets way lesser kickback from developers than this.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think I've never talked about how much apple charges to devs, I think 25-30% is a fair rate for paid apps if you count that little promotion is needed (some apps promote themselves) and that you do not require to have any other payment service

15. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

A typical Apple fan. Why don't you research what Google does with their 30% before you spout out ignorant posts. Google actually relinquishes most of that 30% to the carrier the purchase was made over. They hold on to a small portion to cover legal and operating expenses.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Blah, its just an idiot group of developers and it will go nowhere. Average business profits are concidered healthy at 6-8% after its all said and done. This guy is complaining about 68% profit. You make the product yes, but then isnt it google that serves it on the market probably on some centralized server somewhere. That takes a lot of money. Dont be so quick to jump on the developer's side just because he is the main character in this article. Why was his app removed? Google rarely removes an app, so there must have been a good reason. Why does he not think 68% profit is a good profit for an app he probably wrote in his underwear in his mom's basement? He doesnt pay any of the upkeep costs once its loaded on google's servers.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As large and powerful as the Android OS has become, it will take a large group of developers to make a dent. While I have no idea how many programmers are in this line of work, one would think those who are trying to break into this buisness are praying these deveoplers do go to another OS so they can take their place. No reason for Google to change anything at this point, as they are on the verge of becoming the largest OS in the market, maybe as soon as the end of this quarter. More power to em, though.

4. lol unregistered

haha microsoft right across the street is offering a 70/30 split for developers. Android= short term success.

5. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

WHAT? 32%? But isn't google really nice and not money hungry like Apple is according to android fanatics? How could this be? Let me guess what android fanatics would say. "This is a marketing strategy by Apple", or, "Apple paid those android developers to badmouth google".

16. giantgnome

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Stop spamming please, read my reply to your earlier spam why Google's 30% cut is still different than Apple's 30% cut.

32. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009 Google only takes 2 percent more this way than Apple does. And Google doesn't block purchases made in-app or off the market. And the OS is given away for free. We never said Google was a flower child company. I expect them to look for ways to make a profit; a company can't operate any other way. What we argue is that Google just isn't as cutthroat in its practices as Apple is.

6. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Drop the name "Union" from the group and replace it with Alliance. No companies want to deal with unions anymore, and the public doesn't exactly hold high opinions for them either. Then go after Google.

8. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Another black eye for the shit os.

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

can I get a Job there? they sure pay you well to talk

14. zuno gyakusatsu

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

at least someone here has a brain. well played my friend. android is the feces of the mobile world.

18. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

And why is that?

19. Misanthropos

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

It's unstable, it's unoriginal, lack of security, lack of email support, each device varies accross the market causing incompatabilities, the bad apps get through and ruin people's phones, it's gotten to the point of being more "hype" and "social symbol" than Apple. Only thing is, Apple creates a quality product that is uniform cross carrier with apps that are checked on, so you know they will work with your phone.

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Unstable? I haven't had an issue with instability while using either of the Android devices I've used. I also know many, many users who would swear by their Android phones. Lack of email support? What email support does Android lack? I've gotten many email services to work on Android devices. Device varies? True, but you get what you pay for. Most high end Android devices have no issue running most of the apps on the Market, and usually if there are issues the developers release updates to fix them. Bad apps get through and ruin peoples' phones? Yeah sure, okay. That's why there's a little star rating you can use to downrate crap apps and thus warn others away from using them. Shocking, right? And don't talk to me about bad apps when Apple okayed the Baby Shaker app. Yes, Apple is pretty uniform. They're uniform when it comes to locked down content, overpricing, arbitrary app control, and crappy reception on their devices. And as for you, Derp, research reported reliability of cell phones, and you'll find that Apple ranks about the same as the other smartphone manufacturers. Slam. Frickin'. Dunk.

21. derp unregistered

How about the fact that Android is the least secure mobile OS out there? The email application is laughable with how buggy and unreliable it is. Shall we even mention the infamous fragmentation issue? Android fanboys gloat about how their oh so loved OS is open source but look at how its biting them in the ass. WebOS is far more open source than Android ever was. Throw that on top of garbage hardware, mass produce it with overly slack QA, and you have your current line up of faulty screened (Motorola), random power cycling (LG), Freezing & constant Force Closing (HTC), Phones. Yay Android.

9. cc unregistered

Oh hawk.

10. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

This is like someone being surprised 32% of their income is deducted off their cheque every two weeks in the form of taxes and insurances. The union boys need to grow up . There is nothing new here by Google as opposed to any other employer. Stop whining, union members, no one gets 100% of their value.

13. Yeco

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

First of all, developers need to come up with more quality apps in order to use that as leverage to negotiate take rates.

17. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

Oh plz ppl! Google is as greedy as any company. And dont any forget it. They might be more greedy! At less apple checks their app store.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why else would Google 'give away' the Android O/S? Just like with their 'free' search engine, someone is paying the freight. It comes direct (in the form of a 32% haircut to the developer) or indirect from ad revenues. As messiah posted, no one gets 100% of their value.

22. Nobody unregistered

Amid comments of hateful stupidity I offer this. If you like Apple, you've leaped at this opportunity to shove more rhetoric down the Android-liker's throat, and if you're a lover of Google, you've tried to rationalize this to proclaim Google's innocence, either way, unless you're a developer and actually have spent some time in the business, you do not know what you're talking about, you don't know the ins and outs of app-making, you don't have any place to spout crap about it, because you're speaking in ignorance. Maybe 30-some percent is a lot to ask, maybe it's not, all things considered, you don't know, let the Developers who have been offended or whatever take it up with Google. Because maybe the deal isn't a problem for most developers, and the few who are a part of this movement just feel like they should get more; maybe there really are evil-doers who work for Google, whatever, this is between the two afflicted parties, it's not your personal smear-campaign; I'm getting sick of having all this juvenile bickering between the fandoms. If you like Apple, fine, you have a preference - good for you! - but that doesn't make it any better than Android or WebOS or what the fuck ever, just grow up, stop focusing on yourself and your likes as if they're the only that matter. You might think that Android, for example, is a crappy OS, but if you honestly think that because you think something, it automatically is so, you yourself are shit. Smelly shit, at that, for you stagnate and bring down the collective worth of all those around you. ("All those around you" being the others who are in the iPhone fanclub) Contrastingly, and just to be fair, if you dislike Apple and think Steve Jobs is some evil dictator who thinks that everyone should love Apple or whatever, I say this: if you were in a position he was when he launched the iPhone, so far beyond, so at the top, and after all the time researching and perfecting the product, only to have the vast and ominous waves of Android threaten that high seat in a few years, you yourself may just be forced to keep things a little tight in order to keep that seat. And, considering that a lot of end-users don't even know what the OS stands for in iOS, maybe that's why Apple limits things and come across the way it sometimes does... I lost my train of thought, but the point is, there's generally a reason for everything, and stop the fucking bickering, everyone. Grow up. You may ensue the hate-responses now, thank you.

24. Air305 unregistered

i hated the android OS to complicated you know what they say "the pretty grrls dont have androids they have a blackberries"

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And they still don't freakin' know how to use them.

25. Z unregistered

I believe in negotation. I think Google is making a decent profit out of Android and it would be rational to accept a small cut down on its fee. Also a business partner that behaves like Google did is never a good partner. A small fee reduction and better support from Google would make everybody happy. Otherwise, Nokia and Microsoft are waiting around the corner (poor Symbian).

26. treytrey408 unregistered that was threatening. build a bridge and get over it dude.

27. Google Inc. unregistered

Well, this seems fair. Developers get the Android OS for free, so Google deserves to make their own rules.

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