Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Sat 14th May 2011 15:43 UTC
General Development Application stores are growing everywhere like mushrooms. While users have initially embraced application stores because of the ease they offer with application installation, developers have several complaints. Division of profits from paid application and ineffectiveness of the screening process are among the major issues. Are application stores the best distribution channel possible? Can they satisfy both developers and users?
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JAlexoid
Member since:
2009-05-19

30% is an OK cut. Considering that both Apple and Google are running all the infrastructure. And Apple needs to employ people to do the reviews.

In any case, anyone starting a business around sales of a mobile app is crazy. That train has left and has already been derailed.

Only mobile application development services is a making money these days. And even there, hope that some tel.co decides to bundle your app with a launch of their new phone or some company needs an app to support their marketing campaign.

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

JAlexold,

"30% is an OK cut."

Although I agree with all your other points, 30% is certainly not a competitive rate.

I'd be willing to bet that large swaths of developers and users would gladly switch to alternate sources if they weren't bound by DRM (those that jailbreak do have underground sources, obviously). This is precisely why apple chose to go with a walled garden.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Well it can't be competitive, when it's in a monopolistic market. But in reality, 30% is the rate that hit the sweet spot. Prior to that other online software outlets had a 40%-50% rates.

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