Linked by snydeq on Thu 5th Jan 2012 15:10 UTC
General Development Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister sees a glaring omission among the proposed plans for the new Application Developers Alliance for mobile app developers: any clear focus on easing cross-platform mobile development. 'Currently, the leading mobile operating systems are all vertically integrated "walled gardens," and developing versions of the same app for multiple platforms is both challenging and costly,' McAllister writes. 'That's where an organization like the Application Developers Alliance could help. By organizing app developers from all across the mobile OS market, it could act as a unified voice to put pressure on Apple, Google, and others to lower barriers to entry for their platforms. ... But as long as it's being underwritten by leading proponents of the status quo, it seems unlikely that the Application Developers Alliance would rock the boat by taking a stand against walled-garden-style mobile platforms.'
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Make Paid Apps Portable, Now!
by curio on Thu 5th Jan 2012 19:04 UTC
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If all developers in the Application Developers Alliance were to agree to make choosing platforms simpler/cheaper by allowing their customers to move their paid Apps between iOS and Android etc.., they would greatly enhance their prospects for success in establishing some sane, cross platform common App solutions. So too, independent third party App's stores and/or an Alliance version should be encouraged and supported as viable alternatives to the growing list of platform specific App portals that are becoming ever more tightly locked-down by the day. Apple, Google, Amazon, B&N, ArchOS, etc, etc.... Even Microsoft is planning to go walled-garden for much of Windows 8's Metro software. With either the open or locked-in model, App's store fragmentation is inevitable. We might just as well choose to support the free-est version.

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