Android app badges

Both Amazon and Google, the two biggest players in the Android app space, have the ability to show “badges” so you can link people directly to your app.  Maybe it doesn’t surprise you, but Google did it better for the Android Market.

Android Market button

Available in Android MarketGoogle went so far as to have a badge generator for you, and to host the images.  That’s pretty handy.  You just enter your package name, select the button size, and you now have a snippet of code to paste into your page.

Overall, Google’s solution is pretty slick.

 Amazon Appstore button

Droid Secret Tips Pro on the Amazon AppstoreAmazon posted in their developer blog about using their badge – but didn’t provide much more useful information besides the three images and some info on using the right link (which unfortunately I think was wrong).  So, what you see above was an image uploaded to my server, and manually linked to my app.  I didn’t find that very difficult, but it did take more time than with the Android Market badge.

Not that there’s really a competition — I’ll probably use both badges when I use them.  Not everyone will take the time to set up an Amazon Appstore badge, though, so Amazon will probably loose out a little from that, and from the lack of sizing options.

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About ProjectJourneyman

I am a software engineer that escaped the cubicle world at a large company to go solo with Android app development. My attention to detail and quality applies both to my apps and to my research on how to make money with Android. Now that I have the freedom to work on my own projects, I am documenting my efforts in the hopes that it will help other current or aspiring independent Android developers get the income they desire.

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