Google’s Android platform manager Eric Chu knows that though the number of Android smartphone users may be rising quickly, the number of purchases of paid apps in the Android Market is not doing nearly as well. In fact, Google is downright “not happy” about the purchases of paid apps, said Chu during a question-and-answer session with anxious app developers at the Inside Social Apps conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. ~ Oliver Chiang writing in Forbes

I think Michael Garofalo's comment is a typical statement about the challenges some Android developers face. I think it lends credence to the argument that the Android Market and eco-system is primarily designed to sell Google Ads.

Android is open source... so supposedly everything on there is supposed to be free. It's not just a problem of the Android Market, which really isn't so different from Apple's App Store. It's the mindset of the users. (via Business Insider)

There are two major reasons that the Tab and iPad are not direct competitors: size and app stores. This may seem like it should not be that big of a difference, what’s three inches after all – additionally the Android Market is a pretty robust app store right? Well no, not really. There may be a lot of apps in the Android Market, but there are not many good apps. Oh, and three inches turns out to be a huge difference for a tablet.

People buy hardware devices to do things — solve problems or entertain — not because the hardware specs are cool.