Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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RE: crazy huh?
by mrhasbean on Fri 9th Jul 2010 23:32 UTC in reply to "crazy huh?"
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I suspect that they are mainly people who weren't smart enough to use their full blown computers and had to have Best Buy install Office for them.

Do you know how to do an oil and filter change on your car? What about changing something simple like a headlight bulb? How about an ignition relay, or even a fuse? I can do all of them because one of my hobbies has always been mucking about with cars. For the majority of people though they either aren't interested, or scared they will break something or do something wrong that leads to more expense.

So it's got nothing to do with being "smart enough". Those people who aren't interested in learning how or can't get a grasp on the concept, maybe don't think it's important for them to know how, are in fact the MAJORITY of people that the commenter was talking about. And he's exactly on the money. The biggest problem with the App store is that it threatens the power geeks believe they have because they do know how to do this stuff. For CONSUMER devices the App Store model is MUCH better, because the consumer can manage the whole thing themselves without having to specifically learn anything new.

Sure it cuts the middle man out of the market - and that's the bit that geekdom hates - but this is happening in all sorts of industries. Look at digital cameras. Using film required a middle-man - a processing centre - to turn our snaps into something we could see. Nowadays we either whack them on a digital photo frame, print them on our photo capable home printers, upload them to a web gallery or take the camera / memory card down to the local supermarket and print them ourselves, or any combination of the above. We're seeing the same process with the App store and it's clones.

And, as has been pointed out previously, any iDev can distribute an app to up to 99 of his / her friends, colleagues, business associates without having to use the App store at all, so there are opportunities for customised vertical market or company specific applications that bypass the App store altogether.

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