App Store Overload? Kindle Gets An App Store
from the it-ain't-the-web dept
It’s amazing how people see one semi-successful concept and suddenly everyone has to pile on. The iPhone’s app store has certainly been a success — much more in terms of making the iPhone more attractive than for most developers. But it has all sorts of people thinking that “apps” are in again, and we’re seeing app stores pop up in a variety of different places. The latest is Amazon’s Kindle, which hopes to make the ebook reading device more valuable with more apps.
It does make me wonder, though, if people are betting too strongly on app stores, and not recognizing why it works so well in some areas. I also wonder if focusing on apps and app stores is going to make people miss out on the fact that web-based apps (that don’t need to go through any app store) may overtake client-side apps. We’ve already gone through this on the desktop, and one by one, web-based apps have come along that match (or sometimes exceed) the functionality of client-side apps, leading many to turn away from client apps altogether.
Separately, adding another app store to another device may only serve to confuse (or annoy) some users. If you have an iPhone and a Kindle, and there are the same apps on both, which are you going to use? It may depend on the app, but my guess is that in most cases the phone is going to win out over an ebook reader.