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Should I put my (development) apps on the android market?

 
James Elsey
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Hi,

I'm coming up with more and more "little apps", or things that serve a particular purpose but are a bit rough around the edges so to speak.

These are normally bi-products of writing tutorials such as "how to display markers on a map" etc, I'd like to have these hosted somewhere so when people read my tutorials they can download my app to see what the tutorial actually produces.

I don't really want to mess around with hosting APK files (since my tutorials are on a Wordpress site)

I'm thinking to put them on the android market for free, is there any downsides to doing this? What other alternatives do I have?

Ulf, if your floating around reading this, what did you do for the apps that you created?

Thanks
 
Ulf Dittmer
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As it happens, I am around :-)

By last count I have 13 example apps that I use as vehicles for Android experiments, but only 2 of those I've polished enough to push them out to the Market. I wouldn't push the other ones out, even though some of them are functional enough to be usable by other people. If they're in the Market people will install them without going through the tutorials, and wonder what they're all about. They'll leave generally inactionable feedback (a hallmark of the Market), and both you and they will probably end up being frustrated. Plus, it takes some work to publish them, and at least my sample apps change frequently as I add new features or improve things; I wouldn't want to have to re-publish. That might be different for your apps if the tutorial is finalized, though.

On the other hand, I'm not sure why you wouldn't make the .apk files available for download from your site? Only folks who have at least seen that there is an accompanying tutorial will notice them, and -being aspiring Android developers- they will know what to do with an .apk and how to figure things out from the source code.
 
Michael Rivera
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Just go for it, you'll never know what users might need?

or start by publishing them for FREE!
 
Harald Kauner
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I would definatly put them into the Market for free!
If people don't like it, they may give you a bad feedback, but for you there's no diffence between having a bad one or just none ;) so, i were you, i would try it!

I really like searching the market for "newest apps", so i would try it ;)

ps: When it comes to publishing for free(?), I've found an interesting article: creatingapps for free - helping people
 
Mark Spritzler
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"Mac Android"

Please change your display name to meet the JavaRanch Naming Policy of using your real first and real last names. This and being nice are our only two rules.

Thanks for understanding.

Mark
 
Harald Kauner
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oh, I'm really sorry Mark! - already changed it!

James, please tell afterwards how you did it - sharing your experience could help others/me/.. ;)
 
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