so does Netflix — but if things aren’t going well with the competition and its in-app subscription fees, both those big services could become Android-exclusive, or at least more Android-friendly. Chalk up two more reasons to buy an Android phone or tablet computer over something that runs on iOS.
If Google gets subscription services for publications together relatively quickly, it could easily offer a better deal to content providers on that front, as well. Google’s getting ready to drop Android Honeycomb and its major improvements along with the Motorola Xoom (MMI), and if its tablet and smartphone businesses continue to grow at the rate they have, it might be able to pretty effectively woo content providers over to its camp.
The whole situation has the potential to snowball, at least on paper. Google undercutting Apple on subscriptions pulls more content providers to Android, which brings more users looking for the content they want that they can’t get on iOS, which brings more providers and developers, which brings more users. And all Google would have to do is set a subscriber tax below Apple’s — significantly lower, and it could cause the grass to look a whole lot greener on the Android side of the fence.
Of course, this whole line of thinking carries some big “ifs,” and those are, it’s all possible if Google capitalizes with an in-app subscription service, and if it’s able to offer one at all. Android still isn’t even to the point of in-app purchases just yet, much less subscriptions. But it’s still fun to think about the possibilities — and hopefully, Google is thinking about them, too.