Will The Android Market Be More Appealing To Developers Than The App Store?

from the let-freedom-ring dept

In the past month, it has become clear that Apple, through their App Store, is going to exercise a lot of control over the programs that iPhone users download. The list of removed App Store downloads include Tetris clones, harmless but expensive novelties, movie listings and useful wireless applications. Although many have sung the praises of the new system, this trend of contingent generativity - Jonathan Zittrain's term for intermediaries exerting control over new creativity - has some worrying implications. An ecosystem with perfect enforceability of rules will come to preempt the creativity which comes from the edge (and even piracy). If developers worry that their applications will be shut down by an overzealous enforcement organization (there is no evidence Apple is pulling applications after anything more than a third-party complaint), then innovation will stagnate.

Google seems to understand this. In announcing their competing service, the Android Market, the Android team notes "We chose the term "market" rather than "store" because we feel that developers should have an open and unobstructed environment to make their content available." Application creators will be as free to post information as videographers are to post to YouTube. Although the lack of review before posting doesn't mean Google will not remove applications if complaints are made, their ethic of freedom suggests they see mobile applications in the same light as the Internet: creators will build unanticipated, useful applications if given the chance to experiment freely.

Filed Under: android, app store, mobile, mobile platforms, openness
Companies: apple, google


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    koresho, 2 Sep 2008 @ 7:58pm

    this is just shown over and over...

    As Apple continues to annoy customers with their lock down policies and high prices, overhyping new products and underdelivering in true functionality... Their cult-like following is coming to an end.
    I talk to more and more people that are tired of Apple's snobbery and elitist attitude, and as we see more and more people shown that Macs aren't the only cool computer out there we have more people able to make informed decisions- not decisions based on hype.

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