Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Nov 2012 23:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The abuse of push notifications is spreading across the App Store. As a result, users are starting to reflexively reject app requests to send push notifications. I always allow apps to send me push notifications, just so I can see what other app developers are doing. Here is a collection of valueless, invasive, and annoying push notifications that I've received recently." Perfect illustration of why one of the usual arguments for strongly curated application stores - quality control - is, as it stands now, pure nonsense. A decent quality control system would bar all these applications from the store. Similar stuff is going on in the Windows 8 application store: a never-ending stream of ugly, pointless crap nobody cares about. Heck, many of them do not even have a tile icon! The end result is that whether you go to Google Play or the App Store, 99.9% is crap. I would much rather have a very restrictive, quality-focussed store - but with an option to enable sideloading. The way application stores work today in no way leads to better quality applications than with plain-old internet distribution. In fact, I'd argue things have gotten worse, not better, due to application store spam.
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Anythign not obviously violating the ToS goes!
by tomz on Tue 13th Nov 2012 00:12 UTC
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Even the Amazon App store isn't "curated".

Apple, for all the pain they inflict on their own developers, doesn't actually seem to test out the apps, merely run them through whatever validator to insure they aren't doing anything obvious.

But because they don't actually distinguish, there can't be even a hierarchy of "High Quality Apps, certified by Apple", the 5 star (when it isn't star spam) big catalog apps, and an "anything goes". So there are many fart apps, sex content when they can hide it to get it through, Faux app copies...

The "Apple seal of approval" only means that the developers didn't break an obvious Apple rule, not that it is horrid to the user. And sometimes things like tethering gets through, and is pulled. Or kill-switched.

Windows is similar.

Google doesn't try, but then they aren't making a pretense. There may be room for a side-loading quality app store under Android. So it could be done.

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