Linked by snydeq on Fri 9th Jul 2010 17:33 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister discusses 10 ways locked-down app store delivery models limit choice for developers -- and ultimately hurts users. The model, best known in the form of Apple's notoriously finicky iPhone App Store, has established an entirely new relationship between software vendors and consumers, one some are calling 'curated computing,' a mode in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences. This model, deemed essential to the success of tablets, provides questionable value to developers, undermining their interests in a variety of ways. From disproportionate profit cuts, to curator veto powers, to poor security, fragmentation, and hostility to free software, developers must sacrifice a lot to 'curated computing' to get their wares into the hands of end-users.
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I'm fine with it...
by nathbeadle on Fri 9th Jul 2010 19:20 UTC
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2006-08-08

I find it a little crazy that after so many years of the app store being open, a whack of other app stores showing up with other devices, and an over-all general happiness with the app store and it's users (not developers) that these articles are STILL being written.

Just give it up... what's happening is working for WAY more people than those who find it annoying.

I can see why all these comparisons are taking place.. the iphone, and now all the competitors to it are the closest device we have to a computer in our pocket. Just because it is close doesn't mean it should follow all the same rules.

From the article: "According to Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps, curated computing is "a mode of computing in which choice is constrained to deliver more relevant, less complex experiences.""

And THAT right there is what makes these things successful to begin with. Simple to use and all the ways you can use it are easily available. Compare that to a desktop computer where Best Buy is trying to make computing harder than it really is by CHARGING people to install Microsoft Office. It's no wonder that people are loving these devices.

Sure, developers don't like it because it's not like computers.... but, we know they aren't computers (very close). Obviously the choice is there to live with the rules and make some money, or don't live with the rules and make money elsewhere.

Why everyone feels this device and others like it have to be made to act and work (both tech wise and business wise) like a computer baffles me!

They'll never replace computers, but they sure are getting more people using something more like a computer than ever before!

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RE: I'm fine with it...
by ebasconp on Fri 9th Jul 2010 23:37 in reply to "I'm fine with it..."
ebasconp Member since:
2006-05-09

Why everyone feels this device and others like it have to be made to act and work (both tech wise and business wise) like a computer baffles me!

They'll never replace computers, but they sure are getting more people using something more like a computer than ever before!


Why do you think they are not computers?

A computer is a machine that executes instructions stored in a program (that can be replaced, modified or extended) and that consists of input, processing and output units... as all current mobile phones do.

Actually I see these devices as computers with additional support for doing phone calls, because they have an operating system, file systems, memory management, software stacks and everything that a computer has.

Doing some distinction between mobile phones and computers just because its usage is kind of artificial, because computers are designed to be general purpose.

Edited 2010-07-09 23:40 UTC

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RE[2]: I'm fine with it...
by mkone on Sat 10th Jul 2010 10:44 in reply to "RE: I'm fine with it..."
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

That is being very pedantic. The parent poster obviously meant computer as PC (or Mac) rather than computer in its all encompassing sense.

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RE: I'm fine with it...
by google_ninja on Sat 10th Jul 2010 16:03 in reply to "I'm fine with it..."
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Wish I could up vote this more. The appstore is absolutely amazing from a user point of view. And as a developer, its hard to think of a platform where you can make a few grand per month off of a week or two of weekend work.

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