Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jan 2010 23:38 UTC
Google Ah, and there we have it: another chapter in the discussion between open and closed when it comes to application stores. A phishing application, masquerading as a banking application from First Tech Credit Union, made its way onto the Android Market. It was removed quickly, but the damage is done.
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App Market model fundementally flawed
by rafial on Wed 13th Jan 2010 05:48 UTC
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For my part, I view this as further proof that the "App Market" model, whether "open" or closed is fundamentally flawed. It creates problems for developers, by forcing them to dance to the tune of some gatekeeper, and severing the direct interaction between software users and software creators, at the same time it gives users a false sense of safety by giving apps sold through such markets a veneer of legitimacy. With traditional computer software, coming from a multiplicity of sources, users have learned to think critically about whether a piece of software might be trustworthy or not (e.g. in the case of a banking client, is this coming from the bank's website or not?), but in the case of these App Stores, all software is poured into one giant soup, associated with a credible source (Apple or Google) with the wave of a magic wand, and then consumers are left to fend for themselves.

Personally, I consider "App Stores" to be a huge step backwards the the distribution of software. Hopefully they'll prove to be an aberration in the long run.

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