Rumor: Google planning to launch application store for businesses

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal via CNET.com, Google is preparing an online store in which it will sell third-party business software to Google Apps customers.

Google's store could arrive as early as March with the works of third-party developers available as enhancements to Google's office productivity software suite, allowing Gmail and Google Docs users to purchase add-ons for features too specialized for the mainstream Google Apps product.

Google already has a similar solution in the form of the Google Solutions Marketplace (GSM). The difference is that GSM lists third-party software for both Google Apps and Enterprise Search, but it does not let the user buy the applications directly from Google.

Google was only able to issue this statement, "The Google Solutions Marketplace makes it easy for our customers to connect with an ecosystem of products and professional services. We're constantly working with our partners to deliver more solutions to businesses, but we have nothing to announce at this time."

The report also states that developers would share the revenue with Google. While a specific breakdown was not indicative, one can speculate that Google will employ a model similar to the Apple and Google mobile application stores (which would translate to about 70% of the revenue going to the developer).

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No different to the BlackBerry App"World" which only allows purchasing of apps to very limited countries. The rest of the "world" like us here in Australia can only download "free" apps and even a lot of those we don't have access to. I love my BB but Apple has got it figured out when it comes to the mobile app stores.

Rudy said,
If it works as good as the AppStore for Android then we have another failure...

[sarcasm] Yeah wow, that Android Market - how useless. [/sarcasm]

spengbab said,

[sarcasm] Yeah wow, that Android Market - how useless. [/sarcasm]

Haha, you took the words right out of my brain. He must be an iPhone Fanboi.

vaximily said,

Haha, you took the words right out of my brain. He must be an iPhone Fanboi.

Yeah, Android store is pretty nice. The only issue is market segmentation, not all android devices are on 2.1...etc.

spengbab said,

[sarcasm] Yeah wow, that Android Market - how useless. [/sarcasm]

It's only half descent in the US, in Canada we're not even allowed to BUY apps, we can only download free applications. After hacking my Android phone to be able to download/buy all apps I was actually disappointed at the selection

Rudy said,

It's only half descent in the US, in Canada we're not even allowed to BUY apps, we can only download free applications. After hacking my Android phone to be able to download/buy all apps I was actually disappointed at the selection

isnt there a saying people used to say about wine... or men.... that it gets better with age...