Advertisements are coming soon to a ay Store near you.
announced a pilot program Thursday whereby developers can buy top placement in search results inside the ay Store.
According to an example on the Android Developers blog it looks similar to how sponsored results work in search, with the top entry getting an orange “Ad” tag to identify its prime position.
says the ads will start showing up for “a limited set of users” in the coming weeks. They’ll come from a pilot group of advertisers who are already running ads for their apps in search results.
Developers already can, for example, advertise their apps on search, with a sponsored result prompting you to open an existing app on your device or download it from the ay Store.
ong with the new ad program, also announced that it’s paid more than $7 billion in the past year to Android developers. It’s still shy of the $10 billion Apple dished out in the same time, but it’s another indication that, unlike the past when it was hard to make money on ‘s platform, there’s money to be made on Android.
The impact on you at home: Hooray for more ads! OK, that’s probably not your reaction, though given that makes the bulk of its revenue from advertising across search, maps, other products it’s not tremendously surprising.
However, there actually might be some benefit for you. Sponsored results may give independent developers the chance at getting their app in front of more users instead of just spinning the roulette wheel of app discovery. Yet just like with ads in other products, you’ll need to get a bit more savvy about what you decide to select download.