“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.”
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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