And thus began the appstore war. Amazon which holds quite a hold on the online retail space, the ebook space and ebook reader space has entered the appstore market with its Android appstore. All the money is in the appstores and if the recent spate of segmented appstore launches aren’t a good indication, Amazon’s Angry Birds coup should put those doubts to rest.
Rovio will release Angry Birds Rio through Amazon’s Android market and Rovio will skip GetJar. An indication of things to come for GetJar and other independent appstores. In-app purchases which has been a rage off late will be seen in Angry Birds Rio version from Amazon. Angry Birds – the game which I downloaded but never played – is the most popular game in the recent history. Android version itself is downloaded 30 million times.
One might think that appstore market is already saturated. Well, it’s not even close. We are only getting started and folks who cater to all the mobile OS platforms will be as much in business as folks who are selling in vertical places like Android or Java. White label app store will spring up like mushrooms. There will be kid centric stores, country specific stores – like the one already created for India, domain specific stores and so on. Who will win in this race and who will be the big daddy? It’s hard to tell. This is where Apple will have its peace of mind and Google will not. Google could have been the daddy but it has squandered an opportunity.
If Steve Jobs sends out a text message to Eric Shmidt or Larry Page, this is how it would read. “I told you so. It has to be closed and curated. Whatchu gonna do now?”. And that message from Jobs will be unanswered. Not because the Google folks are rude but because they will be flummoxed. To rationalize, Google might say : this isn’t our business anyway. Well it should be. Someone who doesn’t have a phone nor a tablet which can run Android is setting up a market place. Isn’t it high time your market place, or the market place made some noise too? After all you created the damn software. iOS developers have made $2bn so far. How much did Android developers make?
Via : SlashGear