Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Oct 2013 22:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The French Minitel never ceases to amaze me.

In 1984 the government allowed developers to create services for the Minitel. The government took a 30% cut and passed the rest on to developers (sound familiar?) creating the world's first app store. From a user's perspective using apps on the Minitel was frictionless - you were just billed for what you used through your phone bill.

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How big was this app store? In the nineties it was pulling in over a billion USD a year! This is an astronomical sum when you consider France's population size. Though the crossover point is near, the Minitel in its lifetime paid out more to developers than Apple has to iOS developers to date. Companies would advertise their apps in the subway, on highway billboards, and on television.

Amazing. This could very well be the first application store, something many people think is a new phenomenon invented by Apple.

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RE[2]: Success
by ferrels on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Success"
ferrels
Member since:
2006-08-15

The only person tripping here is you. Apple hasn't had an original idea since their inception. Even OSX is Darwin/NetBSD with a different gui thrown over the top. Apple is great at marketing and appealing to the herd mentality, but lauding them for copying or re-inventing something, including the smartphone is ridiculous. That's like rewarding an artist for making copies of the Mona Lisa and telling him how great he is for making copies.....get real!

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RE[3]: Success
by WorknMan on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 02:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Success"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

LOL, of course Apple re-invented the smartphone. Want proof? Watch the original keynote:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4OEsI0Sc_s

Steve Jobs is having to explain to the audience how the navigation on it worked, because there hadn't been a phone like it before. And pretty much every smartphone to come after it worked the same way.

Am I saying that the iPhone is currently the best smartphone on the market, or that they haven't ripped from other phones since? No. Just that it was a game changer when it came out. iPad was the same way in regard to tablets.

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RE[4]: Success
by moondevil on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 06:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Success"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You mean like the Nokia 7710, just to cite one example?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7710

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RE[4]: Success
by tylerdurden on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 17:46 in reply to "RE[3]: Success"
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2009-03-17


Steve Jobs is having to explain to the audience how the navigation on it worked, because there hadn't been a phone like it before. And pretty much every smartphone to come after it worked the same way.


Seeing someone willingly using Jobs's reality distortion field, as the basis for an argument, has to be the saddest line of reasoning I have read in this site in a loooong time.

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