AT&T and Others Announcing Rival to Apple's App Store

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  1. coledog macrumors 6502a

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    I would think that this means the iPhone exclusivity will definitely be running out as I doubt Apple would be very happy with this.
     
  2. pcs are junk macrumors 65816

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    probably wont work since you cant run a pc program on a mac, vice versa, as an example. iphone apps are programmed with objective c, other phone apps are programmed with something else. also apple wont allow an app to be put on the iphone that has competition with the app store. and also, even if we could use those cross platform apps, we already have something similar, if not the same in the app store already. no matter what any other companies do, apple will always be ahead.
     
  3. coledog thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would imagine this isn't for the iPhone at all. It's for other phones and manufacturers, I.E: Samsung and LG...

    This is like Blackberry's app store or Android's. It's for other phones, in this case it's for all the new phones coming out that have apps but don't have the means or wish to run their own app store.

    Essentially you'd have:

    Apple App Store
    Blackberry App Store
    Android App Store
    Verizon App Store
    AT&T's App Store
     
  4. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Apple didn't do anything really revolutionary with the AppStore. It is neatly implemented, but in reality there have been web based application stores for a long time.

    Blackberry has supported OTA program installs directly from webpage "AppStores" for a long time and there have been huge marketplaces for Windows Mobile, PalmOS, and Blackberry applications for years.

    The AppStore success is due to the device, not the store itself.

    1) A capacitive multitouch device with an interface built from the ground up to use it.

    2) Modern development tools using Apple's powerful APIs with langauges such as Objective-C instead of poorly implement JVMs.

    3) Large install base of completely up to date (running a single OS version or multiple 100% compatible OS versions) devices allowing developers to avoid version fragmentation and backwards compatibility headaches.

    2 billion might sound impressive, but 2 billion LG/Samsung/Nokia flip phones running buggy/fragmented JVMs isn't going to translate into massive sales.
     
  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    This is probably about widget support.

    ATT just bought Plusmo, a nice widget platform. Wonder if that's involved.

    Another such standard is one by the Joint Innovation Lab, which has a billion potential customers from Vodafone, China Mobile, Softbank and Verizon.

    Re: Apple Store success. I'd say it's more due to the fact that it's tied into the iTunes store, plus it's well integrated into the phone's UI.
     
  6. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Basically Apple will have to find new ways to make their App store stand out.

    I have the iPhone and love it, however a lot of PPL I talk to don't care for it, or hate AT&T, so Apple's choices are getting smaller.

    1) Everyone is competing with the iPhone Android, Windows Mobile, etc so everyone is working on their app stores and better phones that do more, Apple will have to stay 3 steps ahead bc everyone else is catching up.

    2) Apple's controlling everything will soon come to an end, because AT&T needs to branch out and I can not blame them because if Apple pulls the plug on AT&T they will have to find another phone or service to keep their business strong.

    3) Everyone wants to see the iPhone on Verizon because they complain about AT&T and T-Mobile's service so if Apple ends their agreement with AT&T who can pick up the slack, T-Mobile I don't think so, then again Verizon will never get the iPhone too much power hungry control freaks in both companies to ever come to an agreement.

    4) It will be the dawn of a new era of phones, and quite frankly the Android OS is gaining ground quickly.

    Apple needs to losen up it's tight grip because if AT&T doesn't have their exclusive agreement, then who will push the iPhone? also AT&T is basically on their knees to Apple, so if they lose their only chip in the game, why bother, find something else you can make a lot of money at and have at it.

    Just my $.02 in the whole theory.
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Apple prevents other apps from running on their phone and they prevent their apps from running on other's phones.

    So why, exactly, is Apple going to be mad that AT&T wants to sell apps to other people's phones? That's something that Apple has exactly zero interest in.
     
  8. charliehustle macrumors 6502

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    wow, this is big news.

    It's obviously more of a long term thing, but looks good.

    Apple might end up getting screwed over, because now they can't use the "app store" as a reason to buy a phone.
     
  9. goobot macrumors 603

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    i wonder if the iphone can have a att and app store?
     

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