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[2]: Hmm
by Nelson on Tue 13th Nov 2012 16:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmm"
Nelson
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I agree. I'd love to see clearer up front descriptions about the app in the Marketplaces.

At least on Windows this metadata is already available (for Advertising and In app Purchasing) so you can get a lot more descriptive than they currently are

"This app is paid + includes in app purchasing." or "This app is free + includes in app advertising"

Also, I'd love for a clear description on what upgrading from Trial does. This should be a hard requirement.

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