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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RE: Hmm
by WorknMan on Tue 13th Nov 2012 05:07 UTC in reply to "Hmm"
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So app stores have become the new mail order catalogs. Just flood the (whatever) and even if just 1 out of 100 buys something, it's profitable.

Ya, pretty much. For me, rather than having a super-curated app store, I'd rather have one that is honest about whether the app is REALLY free or not.

Honestly, I don't mind paying for apps, but I hate downloading apps marked free, only to find that they're infected with adware, or you have to make an in-app purchase to get the full functionality. If it costs money, then just make me pay for the f**king thing up front, with a free trial preferable.

Point being, I blame app store vendors for a lot of this.

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