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Windows Mobile Marketplace VS iPhone AppStore VS Android Market

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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 ).

Conclusion :

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 )


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  • core_sa

    Agreed, Windows marketplace is crap. Thing is, for your average WM user it has mostly everything they need in terms of apps. For your more “seasoned” user, there are thousands of WM apps available all over the Internet if you know where to look. It would be nice if everything was consolidated in one location though.

    iPhone once again saved by its appstore…

    • PPCInformer

      As long as there is a fee for apps to be listed the number of freewares in the MS Marketplace will be limited.

      Hopefully they will announce some sort of update @ MWC

  • Peter

    Totally agree with this article. MS MarketPlace is really horrible! The most horrible point is the resctriction based on languages and countries (geographical discrimination). This is really a shame. Why shouldn't I be allowed to download a soft in English if I want to? Especially when you see that there are almost no apps available in the European countries. I really hate this MarketPlace and decided I will not use it anymore.

  • Steve Jobs

    Microsoft could not even copy the AppStore properly. the iPhone Appstore is the best of the lot. Android Marketplace is full of crappy apps

    • core_sa

      Question to ask would then be…would you like a great appstore with a crappy iPhone or a crappy appstore with a great Windows Mobile phone? WM apps can be found all over the net not limited to appstore like iPhone.

  • Use To Love Android Market

    Android Market Place all of the apps are bs and do not help out . I believe it is overrated !