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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RE[2]: Lube
by tony on Sun 11th Jul 2010 00:33 UTC in reply to "RE: Lube"
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I think that Apple has taken advantage of the fact that carriers suck in the US. In Europe and in Asia carriers have always provided a well advertized app store and prople have been installing apps before the iPhone. Apple has brought the app store and smartphones to the US.

I agree, they're pretty awful here in the US, but the app stores in Europe and Asia still weren't at the same level as the modern iteration of the app store (Apple, Android Market, Ovi), at least in terms of Lube (fragmented, spotty, non-ubiquitous). Everyone (Android, Nokia) played catchup after Apple, and of course Microsoft hasn't caught up yet.

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