GooveShark Kicked out of Android Store

There has been alot of litigation happening and threatened litigation over YouTube and other sites where Google is defending their ability to generate income from user-generated content.

In that political environment, Google decided to pull the GrooveShark app from the Android Store. Unlike an iPhone or other iOS device, Android users can still download the GrooveShark Android App and use it without rooting, just not from the official Android store.

Until Spotify makes it to the states, this may be the only choice for those of us who want more control over our playlists than or Pandora give us.

My Favorite Android Applications

I have been reviewing and using Android apps and have compiled a list of those that are not only still on my phone, but that I use regularly. If you have not tried these applications yet, I highly recommend them.

Nearly all the applications I am recommending here are free. I will note if they cost any money. That being said, if you truly enjoy the application, you should donate to the developers as it helps to keep the open source community alive and thriving.

Advanced Task Killer

I wish that Android did a better job of stopping applications when I was done with them in order to conserve computing power and battery life. Until that happens, we have Advanced Task Killer I use this to not only kill the apps that come as bloatware on my Verizon phone, but also to monitor just how much resources I am using at any given time. Continue reading

Subscription Process Will Differentiate Apple & Google

Google’s service will allow publishers to sell newspaper or magazine subscriptions through the Web or mobile devices, taking 10 percent of the revenue through its Google Checkout payment service. Apple said Tuesday that it would take 30 percent of subscription revenue from purchases made inside apps, although publishers can continue to sell subscriptions through other means and keep all the revenue.

Read more on SFGate

Which Market would you rather be a part of if you are trying to sell subscriptions? Especially if your initial app is freeware!

New Web Based Android Market

The New Web-Based Android Market Is Up

In the midst of their Honeycomb announcements today, Google announced the brand new Android Market web site, which allows you to browse, search for, purchase, and manage Android apps for your phones (and tablets) right from your computer.

It also allwos you to manage your phone, though only simple things for now (changing device names).

I’m sure they will add additional functionality later, but you can check the site out right now by heading to You can browse the Market just fine, and whatever issue they had previously with signing in appears to be fixed, since I was able to log in and manage my apps.