Mobile app stores
If one thing has brought us the "Mobile World Congress": https: //www.xataka.com/tag/mwc+2009 they have been mobile app stores. It is not that these did not exist previously, but it has been during this week that proposals have been defined, new ones have been pointed out and the circle has been closed on most platforms.
It will be, therefore, this year that will bring us the app stores for the vast majority of platforms and operating systems. Manufacturers have realized the lucrative business of being the distributors of these applications and taking a good peak for each of the sales.
On the other hand, for users it is also much more convenient to have a store in the terminal itself, with a centralized and secure payment system, with the possibility of making searches easily and with a simple installation.
Until now, many times installing an application required finding it (not always an easy task), making the payment, installing it, registering it (a process that varies for each one of them), ... Most of the times it was a nuisance that the mobile app stores they want to solve.
Although it was not the first of the stores to appear, the App Store It is the one that has set the standard for the rest to follow and has made these popular.
It is available for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Apple's control over its contents is quite tight, with an application approval system that, in many cases, is delayed for several weeks.
Google also announced that its Android platform would have an application store, the Android Market. In this case, the control by Google is much less, since anyone could publish their applications.
After the announcement this week that paid applications were beginning to be allowed, it seems that Google is getting a little more serious about controlling them, and has already announced that, for example, it will not allow pornography applications.
One of Nokia's great releases has been the Ovi Store, its app store that goes even slightly beyond what its competitors propose. To do this, apply concepts such as geolocation or social networks when offering us the applications.
Thus, if for example we are going to another country it will offer us language guides, local maps, ... Likewise, it will be able to advise us on applications that our friends have acquired and that they think may interest us.
Little is known, at the moment, about Microsoft's proposal, MarketPlace, which will be an application store for Windows Mobile. All they have done is announce that it will be available on Windows Mobile 6.5, but so far no other data has come to light.
BlackBerry and Palm Pre
Other platforms that will have their own store will be BlackBerry, with the BlackBerry Application Center, and the Palm Pre, from which they confirmed that this service will be offered to its users. In any case, we still have a lot of doubts about the latter, regarding its development model, since it is based on HTML and Javscript, and its commercial viability when offering the applications with the source code.