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Mobile App Store Wars - Who will survive? You Decide!

by quasar-atl / October 8, 2009 1:14 AM PDT

Dear Buzz Crew and Gang,
There is a full fledged Mobile App Store Wars happening around the world. My Opinion: All of them cannot survive. With more on the way, some of these stores will eventually fall. Who will survive? You Decide! Wink

Current Mobile App Stores Around the World:
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Apple App Store - Apple
Launched: Jul 11, 2008

Android Market - Google
Launched: Oct 22, 2008

Blackberry App World - Blackberry
Launched: Apr 1, 2009

Nokia Ovi Store - Nokia
Launched: May 26, 2009

GetJar - Getjar
Lauched: Dec 1, 2004

Palm App Catalog - Palm
Launched: Jun 6, 2009

Samsung App Store - Samsung
Launched: Feb 3, 2009

Sony Ericsson PlayNow - Sony Ericsson
Launched: Aug 10, 2009

LG Application Store - LG
Launched: Jul 13, 2009

Windows Marketplace - Microsoft
Launched: Expected Q3 2009

Handmark - Handmark
Launched: Dec 1, 2000

Intel Atom - Intel
Launched: Pending

Mobango - Mobango
Launched: Dec 1, 2004

Vodafone 360 - Vodafone
Launched: Expected end 2009

Java App Store - Sun
Launched: Pending

Verizon VCast - Verizon
Launched: Expected Q4 2009

China Mobile Market - China Mobile
Launched: Aug 17, 2009

T-Mobile web2go - T-Mobile
Launched: Nov 20, 2008

Sprint Software Store - Sprint
Launched: Sep 18, 2002

PocketGear - PocketGear.com
Launched: Jun 1, 2008

Handango - Handango
Launched: Jun 1, 2008

Archos AppsLib - Archos
Launched: Sep 15, 2009

SlideME - SlideME
Launched: April, 2008

Sources:
For more information, check www.distimo.com
http://distimo.com/uploads/mobile%20app%20store%20overview.pdf
http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2009/09/a_list_of_all_a.html

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I don't know
by Nicholas Buenk / October 8, 2009 1:52 AM PDT

But the most important thing is user interface and ease of use.
The thing that really matters to the user, is how easily they can find and install the app. How clean and easy the experience is. Everything else is secondary.

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well... that's after you consider what phone/carrier you hav
by robstak / October 8, 2009 2:22 AM PDT
In reply to: I don't know

beause based on those that relegates you to certain stores... i like the apple store but i cant use it on my winmo phone...


which speaks to the op's original idea...

sure there are way too many app stores out there but ultimately there will still have to be more than one because of the emerging different OS'es on the different phones... to say that itll boil don to apple windows palm and android seems fair enough (and i guess nokia..?) but further than that i dont think any of them would capitulate without the whole platform preceding it.

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Yeah Nokia

They have around 50% of the global market share for smartphones. Although if I recall it recently dropped to 40%. But that company is not going away any time soon. It's quite odd though that they haves cracked the US market.
I think blackberry, android most likely to stick around. And perhaps windows mobile and palm webos.

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Mobile App Store Wars - Who will survive? You Decide!
by wizkids32 / October 8, 2009 7:25 AM PDT

Apple Store Android Market Blackberry and Windows Mobile

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Going by the numbers only - Who will survive
by quasar-atl / October 9, 2009 12:02 AM PDT

Hey Buzz Crew and Gang,
I like the comments I am reading but let's all think for a moment: If you go by the shear number of mobile phone subscribers in each country and globally, I think that you would agree with this scenario:

Not in any particular order:
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China Mobile Market - China Mobile
T-Mobile web2go - T-Mobile
Windows Marketplace - Microsoft
Nokia Ovi Store - Nokia
Blackberry App World - Blackberry
Sony Ericsson PlayNow - Sony Ericsson
Apple App Store - Apple

As for the rest of them, I can can easily see a bunch of mergers among them.

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_mobile_phones_in_use

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