Google's problems with Android Market continue

The total number of downloads for applications have dropped, developers complain

After applications recently started disappearing from the Android Market, Google continued to have reliability issues with the online store as developers over the weekend experienced issues with erroneous download counts.

On Saturday, a number of developers started complaining about incorrect download counts on Android Market. The total number of downloads for their respective applications had in some cases dropped by several thousand, developers reported.

Just as when applications started disappearing from Android market, some developers were not happy with the latest turn of events and voiced their displeasure on the Android Market Help forum.

"Google, please, fix this market software once for all, or at least make it more robust!," wrote rgruet.

On Saturday, Google said in a brief blog post that it was looking into the matter, and on Sunday many developers said that their numbers were back to normal.

However, some developers still think Google should be more vocal and better communicate about the issues it is having with Android Market.

"Since it is the second serious reliability issue in a few weeks, I think we may expect some extra firepower made available for monitoring and care-taking of the Market in general in the future. At least I hope so," said monsta, in a post on the help forum.

Keeping developers happy is important for Google, and how it communicates with developers is something that Google could improve, according to Leif-Olof Wallin, research vice president at Gartner.

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