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2/25/2009
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Marin Perez
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Android Users Can Look Rich, Too

Remember that $1,000 iPhone App "I Am Rich?" The app showed a glowing red jewel, and ... well, that's about it. The point was that you could afford it and show it off. Now Android users can have that same kind of fun, and you'll also be able to get a recession-friendly discount as well.

Remember that $1,000 iPhone App "I Am Rich?" The app showed a glowing red jewel, and ... well, that's about it. The point was that you could afford it and show it off. Now Android users can have that same kind of fun, and you'll also be able to get a recession-friendly discount as well.The Android version changes its name to "I Am Richer," despite the fact it only costs $200, which is the maximum price a developer can charge in the Android Market. It changes the jewel to blue, because I guess blue diamonds show off your wealth more than red ones. Other than that, the app won't do much besides make your wallet lighter.

What's interesting about this app is that it should be a good example of how Google will handle its application store compared with Apple. The iPhone version found eight suckers to pay the $1,000 price tag, but Apple quickly yanked the app for no discernable reason. More than likely, they weren't appreciating the bad press the mobile program was getting.

Google said it will be keeping its mitts off applications in the Android Market unless there's malware, or something equally nefarious. I tend to like this a lot more than Apple's stance because it treats users with a higher level of respect and trust. It treats the Android platform like it would a personal PC: users can choose what to install and buy for their system. While I understand there are certain considerations that must be accounted for with the mobile space, I think Google has the right approach.

(Thanks for the photo, Gizmodo)

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