Four days ago, we told you that Microsoft might have started paying developers in order to get popular apps ported from the iPhone to its operating system. Now, there’s word that Google’s doing it, too. Only it seems that neither company’s offers are exactly irresistible.
Of course, as with all sorts of financial matters, your personal interest may vary. Did you ever hear that Bill Gates would lose money if he stopped his Microsoft-related work in order to pick up a $100 bill? Then towards the other end of the spectrum, you have folks who pick up pennies in front of their dates.
But anyway, Jay Yarow spoke to the makers of the Angry Birds app about Google’s offer and wrote afterward, “Even though Joe [Wee] hears from Google on a daily basis, he says he’s passing on it because games for Android haven’t sold in the past.”
That’s a pretty big blow for Google, and probably a sign that developers can’t plan any new car purchases around porting an app.
Still, Android’s getting more popular all the time, so the possibility shouldn’t be discounted on a permanent basis.