We hear more than our fair share of complaints about the Android Market. And I admit, I do my fair share of whining. But when put in perspective that is ALL we are really doing… whining. Developers of the heralded iPhone are being screwed left and right.
I just wanted to point you folks to the TechCrunch article about this situation and offer some quotes from iPhone Developers found on Gizmodo – parts from both quoted below. Constructive criticism and complaints in context are all good but lets take a moment to recognize what a fantastic job Google and the OHA have done thus far.
Apple’s contract, … , says that payment will be made to developers within 45 days of the end of the month. Developers are claiming that there are massive delays in payments for as early as last fall and are not being paid the amount of money that the developers are in fact due from sales. One developer, who hasn’t been paid since November 2008, forwarded us an email chain between Apple’s App Store finance team and himself. An Apple employee, who was responding to the developers complaints, wrote that the developer’s continued emails about the late payments was “bordering on harassment,” and claimed that the finance team receives thousands of emails a day and couldn’t get to his right away. Another developer on the forum says that he hasn’t been paid since September and is owed close to $7000 for sales.
iPhone Dev Quotes from Gizmodo:
30 something year old family man with bills to pay owed 1,000’s (soon to be 10’s of thousands if March is missed also) here.
I’m with you. I am a 30 year old work-from-home Dad of 2 kids. I’m owed probably about $10k at this point ($2k from past months, $8k from the month with no payments or financial reports yet).
This is a BIG deal for me and my family.
Over $10,000 here. Family, kids, mortgage etc. Mails unanswered etc. In dispair. No where to go. They don’t reply to emails and there is no number. Can’t do anything physically because I’m in the European Union.
Apple still owes me more than $7,500 since September 2008 for US and World regions. I supplied them with a new SWIFT code and a intermediary bank they could use last month, but still nothing. Sent them tons of emails but I never got to know what is really wrong/faulty so I just tried to give them another SWIFT code that DNB (Biggest bank in Norway) uses. All other region payments have been OK.
Apple owes me near $2000 since Feb. Zero payment received. Zero email replies.
If you have similar horror stories about Android Market, by all means, speak now or forever hold your peace. But otherwise, lets take a moment to appreciate Android Market and realize that our when put in perspective, our complaints merely amount to nit-picking (mine especially). Also just want to recognize and thank all of the Android developers who have contributed to what Android has become. It is only getting better!