Handango to Open Android Marketplace Competitor, With Paid Apps

Gizmodo is reporting that Handango, a popular application merchant for pretty much all mobile devices, is planning on opening up their own marketplace for Android that will include an option for paid applications. Currently, Android Market doesn't offer developers to charge for applications but will in the near future. They'll have 100 for-pay applications on the October 22nd launch date and will support one-time, monthly, or annual billing methods.

Obviously, with everything 'open' and Google essentially taking a hands off approach with the Android Market, it doesn't look like they can stop competitors from creating competing avenues or products. This might set bad precedent, with each big-name company opening their own "store" and taking away business from Google. Hopefully, this doesn't become the mess that we at AndroidCentral are desperately afraid of.

Casey Chan