Palm OS developers currently evaluating to port to Android will be more than happy to hear that google’s Eric Chu has just stated that the OS will contain a OTA purchasing system said to be developer-friendlier than Apple’s:
…We chose the term “market” rather than “store” because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available. Similar to YouTube, content can debut in the marketplace after only three simple steps: register as a merchant, upload and describe your content and publish it. We also intend to provide developers with a useful dashboard and analytics to help drive their business and ultimately improve their offerings.
I also wanted to share some early details to help with planning… Developers can expect the first handsets to be enabled with a beta version of Android Market. Some decisions are still being made, but at a minimum you can expect support for free (unpaid) applications. Soon after launch an update will be provided that supports download of paid content …
Chu furthermore posted the following four screenshots:
As of now, nobody knows about payment venues or revenue shares – stay tuned for further information as we get it!