Android Apps

Rumor: Google set to open an Android Market for business? Probably not.

March 8, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Productivity

Rumor: Google set to open an Android Market for business? Probably not.

A few people have sent in tips about Google releasing an Android Market geared towards business users. The rumor suggests that the new Market would be a way for Google to highlight Android’s enterprise capabilities, drawing attention away from an app store full of games, soundboards, and “sexy lady” apps.

A new market sounds good in theory, but this rumor seems to be the result of a misunderstanding. The source of this story is a ZDNet post based on a story by Mashable. The problem is that the original Mashable story has nothing to do with Android; it’s about Google Apps (the online service for business). Mashable editor Benn Parr quotes an unnamed source that Google is working on an App Store for business users on desktops rather than mobile phones. There’s nothing to suggest that a brand new market will be unveiled this week.

The Android Market already features Productivity, Tools, and Travel apps that are business-friendly, but is that enough? While it would be nice to see a new Android Market strengthen Android’s enterprise cred, don’t hold your breath for an announcement this week or anytime in the near future.