Windows Mobile Marketplace VS iPhone AppStore VS Android Market
Predrag Tomasevic from codeproject.com takes us through the software store on the 3 major smartphone WM, iPhone and Android. He goes through some of the experience had had to face while developing for each platform and runs through the submission process on each of them ( with sales data and time taken for approval, etc ).
Windows Mobile Marketplace is just horrible. The only positive thing I can think of is that it’s not crowded and that really nice applications which are up there now will have better chance to eventually earn good profit when (and if) Marketplace lives up to the expectations. Everything else, from support to infrastructure and exposure is, as I said, just horrible (really felt need to repeat that). At this point of time you are currently better off trying to make money out of your WM app over at Samsung Apps or similar stores that are opened for number of years. Which is really a shame, because I expect Microsoft will eventually get it right.
iPhone AppStore : if you never developed using C/Objective-C – don’t bother to follow the buzz, there is almost no real chance that you’ll be able to repeat existing rags-to-riches story (which are undeniably true). It is way too much crowd, you’ll need way too much time to get your skill to certain level and most good ideas are already tried out – including “pretend-you-are-cute-looking-chick-developer-who-likes-balls”. If you are really good in C/Objective-C and haven’t already followed Steve’s call to arms – you’ll need knack for design, awesome idea and sleek implementation to develop something worthy of pushing and making it stand out, especially now that the big guys are bracing themselves to overtake whole market.
Android Market : You can’t imagine my surprise when after Windows Marketplace and Apple AppStore experience I clicked on Submit button and saw “Published” next to my application. For 10 minutes I couldn’t believe that application was available so I checked from two different phones to be sure. Simply because of that Android Market has my sympathy and I believe that the move they made will hugely influence battle of markets we are currently witnessing.
Our Take : Predrag seems to be impressed with Android Market , it seems that he was quite happy to see his app approved and available quite quickly ( and with much less effort ) . From a developers point of view that is certainly very good. But with the news of a phishing App that was approved and available via the Android Market, as a user I would be concerned.
We have been rambling about the issues with WM Marketplace for a while now and some of the developers we have interviewed have raised concerns of their own [ Ageye, slimCODE, Manbolo ] and iPhone developers have their share of issues and problems with the AppStore ( policy concerning rejection criteria ) .
head over to codeproject.com for the full story ( its quite an interesting read )