Amazon, Apple, LG launch new app stores, Google Chrome Web Store dries up
As Apple prepares to bring its wildly successful App Store phenomenon from iOS to the Mac, Amazon is launching its own Android app store while LG and others open TV apps stores, even as existing ones, including the Chrome Web Store, flounder.
Amazon will create a curated store, keeping malware and such away for Android phones. Not so for Google which continues to allow programs with problems and huge numbers of ripoffs to be downloaded. Even developers are complaining.
But now we have a fragmented marketplace. Where should the developers place their wares? Google’s Android Market drives all apps to free, meaning the only revenue source comes from Google’s ads.
Amazon holds out more hope but it will also have the ability to determine the price the developer sells at, slashing prices as it sees fit. Only Apple’s App Stores permit the transaction between developer and customer to occur unencumbered with the changing business models of the bazaar owner. It simply takes it cut. Everything else is up to the people involved int the transaction.