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[3]: App Store
by zima on Thu 5th Jul 2012 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: App Store"
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But again, when iPhone apps were just introduced in VII'08, merely one j2me (so for "feature phones", consumer stuff) app had already been downloaded by more people than the total number of iPhones existing even a year later (or even 1.5+y, judging from quick glance at that sales chart I linked above). That most likely goes far beyond "no one except for freaks or maybe some business users installed apps" (really classy description, that 1st one... and I wonder how would you describe those who chose iPhone when they were very expensive and/or camped for them under shops), especially since Opera Mini user surveys (discussed in some reports, in their archive) don't paint them at all as "freaks or maybe some business users" - just your fairly usual (if largely younger) folks, just mostly not living in few atypical countries where Apple has significant presence.

Yes, Apple popularised the concept and took it further*, which also included making it more visible thanks to their marketing (making many people believe it's "another" Apple invention?), but come on...

BTW, shovelware (particularly those glorified "Web 3.0" RSS readers that you mention) is not a good thing... but I guess custodians of those new appstores are happy, as long as rubbish inflates app numbers.

*though not as much as you probably think: the changes in global access rates are still more quantitative than qualitative, over the last few years; majority of the 5+ billion mobile subscribers likely still don't have the ability to install any apps - and when they'll get it, it will rarely be from Apple (indeed, Apple quite openly aims to prevent the majority of people from getting technology advancements: ). .

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