Android apps missing, Google Navigation heading to continental Europe

Many people have reported the disappearance of certain applications on Android Market. What’s worse, Google was apparently not acknowledging the problem, leading many to believe that Google was not concerned about the problems that developers’ applications were experiencing. Fortunately, a statement was posted on the Android Developer Blog yesterday saying that the issue “appears to be resolved.”

Regarding the problem, AndroidCentral writes that “applications have been disappearing from the Android Market for many of you (and us) for a few days now, and they have been crying out for answers.”

The Google team had the following to say about the matter in a blog post:

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We recently realized that some Android applications were not visible in the Android Market. While we were troubleshooting internal issues and rating the solution and communicating with our hardware partners, the developers struggled to get our help through various technical support sites. Unfortunately, we did not meet our own standard of customer care by not communicating the issue to our developers and how we were working to resolve it.

We are happy to say that the issue appears to be resolved with a patch and to the best of our knowledge, all previously affected apps are active and visible again. Again, we apologize for the delay and inconvenience this caused.

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AndroidGuys reminds us that “fixing this problem is one thing. Understand that they must be more transparent and communicative
is another one. Hopefully they see the value of being honest. People generally respond to bad news somewhat more favorably if they acknowledge it. Generally, saying nothing is seen as not caring enough. “

In other Google news, Engadget reports that Google Maps Navigation has finally reached Canada and “most of continental Europe.” The countries that received the service are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.

I tried it myself today here in Germany and indeed the turn-by-turn navigation service was working (although the “female” voice could definitely use a little help with its German pronunciation).

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Other sources: AndroidCentral, AndroidGuys, Engadget, Phandroid

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