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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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crazy huh?
by TechGeek on Fri 9th Jul 2010 20:42 UTC
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2006-01-14

You find it crazy. Well, these articles are meant to draw views. That's how the web works. If it was totally not a big deal then these stories wouldn't be generating any hits and they wouldn't keep writing them. So some where there are a number of people who feel a need to read and think about this subject. There are many people who are perfectly happy with Apple. I suspect that they are mainly people who weren't smart enough to use their full blown computers and had to have Best Buy install Office for them. But there are a lot of hard core users and developers that aren't happy. And without developers, you don't have a platform.

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RE: crazy huh?
by mrhasbean on Fri 9th Jul 2010 23:32 in reply to "crazy huh?"
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2006-04-03

I suspect that they are mainly people who weren't smart enough to use their full blown computers and had to have Best Buy install Office for them.


Do you know how to do an oil and filter change on your car? What about changing something simple like a headlight bulb? How about an ignition relay, or even a fuse? I can do all of them because one of my hobbies has always been mucking about with cars. For the majority of people though they either aren't interested, or scared they will break something or do something wrong that leads to more expense.

So it's got nothing to do with being "smart enough". Those people who aren't interested in learning how or can't get a grasp on the concept, maybe don't think it's important for them to know how, are in fact the MAJORITY of people that the commenter was talking about. And he's exactly on the money. The biggest problem with the App store is that it threatens the power geeks believe they have because they do know how to do this stuff. For CONSUMER devices the App Store model is MUCH better, because the consumer can manage the whole thing themselves without having to specifically learn anything new.

Sure it cuts the middle man out of the market - and that's the bit that geekdom hates - but this is happening in all sorts of industries. Look at digital cameras. Using film required a middle-man - a processing centre - to turn our snaps into something we could see. Nowadays we either whack them on a digital photo frame, print them on our photo capable home printers, upload them to a web gallery or take the camera / memory card down to the local supermarket and print them ourselves, or any combination of the above. We're seeing the same process with the App store and it's clones.

And, as has been pointed out previously, any iDev can distribute an app to up to 99 of his / her friends, colleagues, business associates without having to use the App store at all, so there are opportunities for customised vertical market or company specific applications that bypass the App store altogether.

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RE[2]: crazy huh?
by emerson999 on Sun 11th Jul 2010 04:01 in reply to "RE: crazy huh?"
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2007-12-08

Do you know how to do an oil and filter change on your car? What about changing something simple like a headlight bulb? How about an ignition relay, or even a fuse? I can do all of them because one of my hobbies has always been mucking about with cars.


I can do that because google exists. That's true for any number of things. As information on how to do things becomes more and more easily accessible, the guts of every day items should become more as well, not less.

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RE[2]: crazy huh?
by wirespot on Mon 12th Jul 2010 07:26 in reply to "RE: crazy huh?"
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2006-06-21

Sure it cuts the middle man out of the market - and that's the bit that geekdom hates - but this is happening in all sorts of industries.


You're mixing up all sorts of things here.

Devices that "just work" (be they cars or iPhones) cannot do so without tech support. The fact they don't require the user to open up the hood doesn't make them magical. It just means somebody else is getting their hands dirty when they need to.

That middle man (tech support and retail personnel) will not go anywhere. At most it will be replaced by Apple stores and Apple people, or authorized resellers.

If you meant that they are so easy to use that geeks won't be required to render help to friends and family even for the most mundane tasks -- that's great. We, geeks, absolutely hate that. We welcome this.

And now, once that your confusion about "geekdom" is out of the way, we can get to the core of the matter. Geeks are also consummers. They are super-users and as such they want devices that they can tweak, dissasemble, hack and so on. This kind of dumbed-down, hands-off approach that Apple proposes is not for them. That's why they don't like Apple's devices and never have.

And if you come to think that developers are usually geeks -- you can see why there's limited appeal to the way Apple is doing things.

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