Large swath of mobile industry bands together in attempt to challenge Apple’s App Store dominance

Apple Online Store “The mobile industry – most of it – [hopes it] has finally got its act together to challenge Apple’s dominance of mobile applications,” John Oates reports for The Register.

“The ‘Wholesale Applications Community’ can certainly claim wide support – three handset makers, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, along with dozens of carriers and operators including China Telecom, AT&T, Orange and Vodafone. It is expecting more members in coming weeks,” Oates reports. “The group, which claims three billion customers, wants to create a single market place for mobile applications regardless of what platform they run on.”

Oates reports, “Whether WAC can really offer an alternative [to Apple’s App Store]. Operators, and handset makers, have hardly covered themselves in glory with their previous individual efforts to create app warehouses and communities of users. If they haven’t been trying to undermine one another, they’ve usually embarrassed themselves with pathetic attempts to get down with the kids they imagine are the main market for mobile phone apps.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The rude awakening that we predicted back in November 2006 continues to play out.

“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.” – Ed Colligan, Former Palm CEO, laughing off Apple’s ‘iPhone’ threat, November 20, 2006

53 Comments

  1. “The group, which claims three billion customers, wants to create a single market place for mobile applications regardless of what platform they run on.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAAAA!!!

    …yeahhhhhh, good luck with that one

  2. The problem with everyone else’s apps stores is not necessarily the stores themselves.

    The problem is twofold:
    One: the market is very fractured and hard to develop for with all the models, manufacturers, OSes.
    Two: the developers are all extremely busy making iPhone apps and iPad apps.

  3. First, it was the winphone. Now the mobile store? Are u serious? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” /> it’s gonna fail. And I wana be there to see it.

    “winphone – microsofts greatest fail”

  4. The first comment that follows the “rude awakening that we predicted back in November 2006” archive, MDN reader jon1 writes:

    “Doesn’t it make you want to fast-forward time?.. I’d love to see this guy eat his words.”

    Well, jon1, you’re seeing it now again and again and again..

    cheerz buddy!

    .:.

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