Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Sat 14th May 2011 15:43 UTC
General Development Application stores are growing everywhere like mushrooms. While users have initially embraced application stores because of the ease they offer with application installation, developers have several complaints. Division of profits from paid application and ineffectiveness of the screening process are among the major issues. Are application stores the best distribution channel possible? Can they satisfy both developers and users?
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Security in the application
by wocowboy on Mon 16th May 2011 10:40 UTC
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The author touched on security only in his discussion of the Application Store itself, never mentioning the subject of security in how it relates to the applications themselves. Apple is fanatical about making sure the apps that pass through App Store work as they are supposed to, do not contain malware or viruses of any sort, and that they do not pose any risk to the customer's phone or computer. This policy has caused many apps to be rejected and brought great hue & cry from developers who have been lauded on this site as well as others, when in reality they should be facing serious questioning as to why their app contained said malware in the first place.

The Android system has none of this protection built into its app store per se. The Android Market does not vet apps for all the above mentioned bad stuff, they make a point that it is open to all, come and sell your product, we will not test your app for viruses or malware at all. I don't know if the Amazon App Store does it or not, but there is absolutely NO assurance to the customer that ANY app they get from a website or file-sharing site has been tested and can be guaranteed that it will not brick their phone or send information about themselves unknown to them, the instant they install it on their phone or computer. This is a VERY serious risk that is not even addressed once in this article, and is in my opinion the very top reason the Apple App Stores are so successful.

There have been Android apps that have had viruses and malware in them already, that have caused problems with people's phones. To my knowledge there has never been an iPhone app that contained malware.

Edited 2011-05-16 10:50 UTC

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