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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A message to developers
by WorknMan on Sat 10th Jul 2010 00:54 UTC
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Hey developers,

If you don't like the ecosystem of the iPhone, I've got two words for you...

Droid does

If you build great apps, there's a bunch of us on Android that would welcome you. And we can even install apps from outside the marketplace without jailbreaking ;) So, why not come and join us, instead of bitching and moaning about Apple's app approval process?

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RE: A message to developers
by google_ninja on Sat 10th Jul 2010 16:06 in reply to "A message to developers"
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Not only do iphone users spend almost twice as much on apps then android users, but the android market is pretty much a vehicle for mass piracy.

Edited 2010-07-10 16:11 UTC

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nt_jerkface Member since:

but the android market is pretty much a vehicle for mass piracy.

It's also fragmented by OS version and device type. Even though Froyo is out there are devices that are still being released with 1.6. Google really screwed up by not designing the OS to automatically update. Don't expect the tech press aka Google fan club to report on how many problems this has caused.

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RE[2]: A message to developers
by arpan on Sun 11th Jul 2010 12:41 in reply to "RE: A message to developers"
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The thing is, it is the app store that helps reduce Piracy.

You have to use the App store to install apps (unless you jail break your phone), and that helps prevent piracy.

So, a developer has to choose between complete freedom (for the developer, for the user, and for the pirate), or the app store and the restrictions and advantages that comes with it.

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RE: A message to developers
by nt_jerkface on Sat 10th Jul 2010 21:37 in reply to "A message to developers"
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It wasn't a mobile developer that was complaining, it was a Linux/open source advocate pretending to be concerned with the interests of software developers.

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RE: A message to developers
by MysterMask on Sun 11th Jul 2010 18:40 in reply to "A message to developers"
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Droid does

SPAMers welcome that, too. Say hello to the 1001 variant of the fart app.

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