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19 February 2010

App is Crap (why Apple is bad for your health)

Apps are harmful because they're one-platform and lock data on the client device instead of in the cloud, where they can easily be reached by other users, or by the same user on another device. They are just a fad that will blow over.

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31 January 2010

The Mobile App Store Landscape 5 years Ai (After the iPhone)

Thoughtful extended piece on the future of app stores. The only part I disagree with is the bit about the operators. The author thinks they're going to be losers, but they have a trump card up their sleeves: payments.

Payments through operator bills will always have better usability than any other form of payments, because the client doesn't have to do anything special. As long as the payment request is routed through the SIM card, identity and mode of payment are automatically validated without any need for passwords and stuff.

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18 January 2010

Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android - Marketplace Comparison

As it says, plus a comparison of developing applications for the three systems. Quite thorough, good read. And yes, the writer eventually picks one of the three as the winner.

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31 October 2009

Mobile 2.0 – Apps vs. Browser Based Web Services

Good discussion of the difference between app stores, mobile websites, and widgets, with widgets taking the middle position between the other two.

An argument against apps I hadn't thought of yet: reinstalling them on a new phone or after a hard reset is a pain. Same goes for widgets, but at least you could beam them over via Bluetooth from your old phone to a new one.

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30 October 2009

Mobile App Stores: The Next Two Years

Interesting analysis of the current app store hysteria and where it will lead to.

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25 August 2009

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Joe Hewitt:

I have only one major complaint with the App Store, and I can state it quite simply: the review process needs to be eliminated completely.

Now that's an interesting idea, and to me it proves that the whole App Store thing is just a temporary fad, and that it does not form the future of the mobile web. After all, what's the point of an app store when apps aren't reviewed and weighed?

Enter apps that can be distributed by Bluetooth. Cool!

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3 August 2009

Steve Jobs hates the App Store

Chris Messina discusses why the app store model will eventually fail.

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