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[4]: A message to developers
by ichi on Sun 11th Jul 2010 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A message to developers"
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The difference between the android market and the app store is that if you have your android phone rooted (very easy to do), you can pirate stuff directly off the android market. If you jailbreak your iphone, you can't use the appstore, and need to go looking for stuff in other places

Pirate as in downloading the non-free apps for free? Shouldn't that be controlled on the market servers and not on your phone?

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basically, you can download time limited demos from the android market, which delete themselves after the time limit. You can get around that by backing them up to external storage, and then restoring them again. A lot of people think that is why piracy rates are so much higher on the android.

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