Apple iPhone App Store vs. Windows Mobile Marketplace vs. Blackberry App World vs. Android Market

“In the last few months, RIM (Blackberry), Microsoft, Nokia and the Android consortium have all moved to emulate Apple’s highly successful App Store model,” Brett Winterford reports for iTnews.

“The new app stores coming online create a great deal of choice for mobile application developers, but also present a challenge around developer resources,” Winterford reports. “Developers need to make some important calls now on which platforms provide the most opportunity. Which are the most popular among users? Which are the most cost-effective to develop for?”

Winterford reports, “Apple’s App Store boasts a mind-blowing 800 million downloads for its first eight months of operation – a complete game changer for mobile telephony. Competing with that kind of demand is going to be difficult for any challenger. That said, there are as many Blackberry-enabled phones and Windows Mobile devices in the wild as iPhones.”

MacDailyNews Take: Actually, no. Only a small subset of BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices can utilize whatever their respective wannbe App Stores offer. Apple offers the largest addressable market with over 30 million iPhones and iPod touches currently in users’ hands.

Winterford continues, “The terms available to developers are markedly similar, but the devil is in the detail.”

Full article, with a clear table comparing the App Store and its lesser wannabes, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]

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