Will there be a Potential Market for App Developers?
When Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 late last year, it came with only a very small app store. For developers with the foresight and ambition to be in the app store on launch day, there was a very large payout. Not only was there very little competition at the beginning, but they retained their “most popular” status for quite some time which kept them ahead of new apps.
Apples iPhone app store and its Mac app store also saw the same thing during the initial launch, and those that got there early often made big money with simple apps and retained their top positions for long periods of time even after superior apps appeared on the market.
Of course with Googles Android 2.0 and 3.0, we saw the same thing there too, and Amazons Android market (which just launched this week) seems positioned for a possible repeat as well. From a developer point of view, this places a lot of trust in platforms ability to attract a consumer market. HPs promise of quickly integrating this into a desktop market provides some incentive of a long term strategy.
However it is obvious from an app design point of view that an app running on the desktop must be different from a mobile version simply because of the interface options. HP has promised to aid with this by making easy integration of multiple input sources (multi-touch, mouse, keyboard), but developers will still need to adapt accordingly. Even so, it sounds promising.
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