And then Google dropped this bomb in the Terms of Service:
No Fees. You may not charge end users any fees or collect any payments in order to download or access your API Client, or in connection with virtual goods or functionality of your API Client.What.
What could Google possibly be thinking? The only reason that the app store is thriving is that there's money in the work. Rovio doesn't build Angry Birds to spread joy in the world; it builds Angry Birds to keep the company in the black.
Would we have Instapaper, Clear, RunKeeper, or Pandora? Or how about 90% of the apps on your homescreen?
Building apps isn't fucking philanthropy. It's work.
I was willing to risk $2000 on a Glass unit for a chance to have first crack at development, UX design, and sales. I wanted to be an early adopter. I wanted to build things.
But instead of companies and developers aching to start exploring this new market, who gets into the program? Neil Patrick Harris. What the fuck.
And you can't sell apps. (I'm not calling it glassware. That's stupid.)
When Google Glass was first announced, I heard a mantra repeated again and again:
"I'll buy Glass when Apple makes it."That's a pretty fucking good idea. If I was going to build software for Google, I'd demand $140k a year and catered lunches.
Even if the next wearable product by Apple is awful, I know that I can at least get paid for my time.