Android to offer Application Store in the future

Google might offer an application store--similar to one for the iPhone--for its Android mobile operating system sometime in the near future.

Notice the Market icon...possibly a shortcut to the Application Store?
Notice the Market icon...possibly a shortcut to the Application Store? Stephen Shankland/CNET News.com

According to Android project leader, Andy Rubin, Google might offer an application store--similar to one for the iPhone--for its Android mobile operating system sometime in the near future.

The Register reports that Rubin is interested in a safe-and-secure venue where customers can purchase and download applications so that developers can get paid for their software. Of course, seeing as Android prides itself on being an open operating system, we're sure you'll still be able to get open-source applications for free from other venues, but having one centralized application store would definitely make Android devices more appealing. We certainly look forward to new applications that will be able to make full use of the touch-screen abilities of the Android OS.

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