Angry Android developers form union against Google policies

2 Mar 2011

There is dissension in the Android ranks as developers irked at Google’s Android Market policies have formed the Android Developers Union to protest the policies.

The new union has compiled a list of seven demands it says it wants Google to implement that would improve the market, including renegotiation of the 32pc ‘Google Tax’ on app sales, public bug tracking, algorithmic transparency and increased payment options.

They threaten Google that if these demands are not met they will cease development and move their efforts to rival platforms.

“We, the members and supporters of the Android Developers Union, are fed up with the conditions of the Android Market,” the new union states in a kind of call to arms, or handhelds.

‘Sharecroppers on Google’s digital plantation’

“We are tired of being treated like sharecroppers on Google’s digital plantation! We have compiled a list of seven demands which Google can implement to improve the market. Implementing these demands will absolutely improve the working conditions for Android developers, thereby improving the Android ecosystem and giving a better experience to our customers.

“If our demands are not met, we will move our applications to alternative marketplaces or the web, cease Android development in favour of other more open platforms, we will dissuade other developers from developing Android projects, and we will work tirelessly to counter any of Google’s hypocritical claims about openness in the media.

“These are our demands! They are simple and they are attainable, so we hope that Google will do the right thing!” the union proclaimed.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years