Good news for open market Milestone users! With the recent release of Android 2.0.1, Google and/or Motorola also fixed the Android Market problem, a certain amount of Motorola Milestone customers faced with their smartphone. The basic problem is, that the handset manufactures have to inform Google about a device and firmware release since every device identifies itself when it's accessing the Android Market. However, Google also checks for the device version and compares it to its database. As a matter of fact there are several device version, one for each carrier/country and if a device isn't listed in the database, it gets a subset of available applications only.
For some reasons, the carrier versions of the Milestone were listed, but not the open market version, as - for instance - available from Amazon. This means that users with an open market (often referred as vanilla version) Milestone from Amazon only got a subset of applications listed, compared to available applications for the O2 or Vodafone Milestone. Nevertheless, since late last night, this problem seems to be finally fixed and vanilla Milestone customers seem to have full access to Google's Android Market as well.
In the past, we often heard about this problem. For instance it happened when Samsung released a bug-fix firmware for its GT-i7500 Galaxy and after this update, users only found half of the programs they found (and installed) before they've updated the firmware. However, it never took that long to get a device into the database (remember the Motorola Milestone was launched end of November in Germany) and just now - early February - Google (and/or Motorola) fixed this very annoying problem.
Google has definitely to overhaul this whole Android Market approval system. It doesn't makes sense if customers are locked-out of it, just because they are using a device or firmware, Google isn't aware of! Furthermore it hits the developers of Android software since their addressable market is much smaller than - which might hurts their application sales and therefore revenues and incomes!
At the end of the day, the problem was solved now for Motorola Millstone users but the question is a) for how long and b) which device hits it next?
Cheers ~ Arne