Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 12:06 UTC
Apple Exactly five years ago today, Apple officially released its entry into the mobile phone market, the iPhone. Immediately loved by customers the world over, ridiculed by the competition, and, in my book, not particularly innovative feature-wise, it changed the mobile phone industry virtually overnight. Love the iPhone or hate the iPhone, its industry-changing impact is evident.
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RE: App Store
by zima on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 13:45 UTC in reply to "App Store"
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App Store was introduced only a year later, in July 2008 - in the same month, Opera Mini saw "approximately 15.8 million users" ( http://www.opera.com/smw/2008/07/ - and already 17.3 million in August; also, by April of that year and "since its worldwide launch in 2006, more than 44 million people have downloaded and used Opera Mini" http://www.opera.com/smw/2008/04/ - so it went far beyond handset pre-installs), dwarfing the number of iPhones in the wild ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IPhone_sales_per_quarter_sim... )...

...and this is just one 3rd party app that people installed on their phones - curious "basically no one did" you have there. They also sought games at the very least (IIRC Opera mentioned, in one State of the Mobile Web report, that games are the top downloaded content), largely in earlier app stores already fulfilling your description - like operator ones (for better or worse, those...) or Getjar.

Apparently some very much like to see "Apple this / Apple that" (perhaps looking at things from the bubble of their, overall, quite atypical place) ...but hard data disagree.

Edited 2012-07-02 13:51 UTC

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