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  • OpenAppMkt: A Free App Store with No Jailbreak Required

    As advocates for open mobile computing continue to press for the rights of iOS device owners to modify their own equipment, one project is doing a neat end-run around Apple. OpenAppMkt is a project that focuses on web apps, rather than code that requires the App Store - or a jailbreak - to install. In conjunction with new marketplaces like Rock Your Phone and Cydia, OpenAppMkt represents a vibrant new channel outside of Apple's control. And while Cupertino is still playing hardball about letting users install what they want on the iPhone, this is a valuable alternative for people who are afraid of breaking their warranties.

    OpenAppMkt is a for-profit app store that's the brainchild of Bay Area developers Teck Chia, Flora Sun, and Tim Wuu. It's designed to parallel the App Store experience in many particulars, and as Xconomy's Wade Roush points out, is a bit of a back-to-the-future for the iPhone. Before the App Store launched in July 2008, the only way of adding functionality to the device was through web apps. Apple actually still maintains a directory of over 4,300 different web apps.

    With Apple no longer able to assert that jailbreaking is illegal, there's likely to be more mainstream acceptance of app markets like Rock and Cydia. However, the warranty threat may dissuade a lot of people - particularly business users - from jailbreaking. One important role a channel like OpenAppMkt can play is to truly legitimize alternate ways of delivering content to iOS devices, and increase the pressure on Apple to do the right thing and open up.
    OpenAppMkt can an be accessed from Mobile Safari, and conceivably most of the titles can be run on any mobile device. So their market could conceivably grow beyond the iPhone and include a range of smartphones.

    I use BlackSwan's VoiceCentral Google Voice client (or did, before it broke under iOS 4), so there's a real niche for the added functionality that web apps can provide even alongside regular apps. Though I'm stoked to finally get MyWi running again - JailbreakMe w00t!

    Source: Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: OpenAppMkt: A Free App Store with No Jailbreak Required started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. I Am Zak's Avatar
      I Am Zak -
      Got this the other day. Real good! Now that I have Cydia doubt I will need this. Well done comex!
    1. 1PM@N!O's Avatar
      1PM@N!O -
      doesn't seem to work on 4.0. crashes on loading screen...

      but great concept.
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      nice! but its kinda slow =(
    1. QuinnNebula's Avatar
      QuinnNebula -
      I'll try out....anything free is good to me
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      I have already posted an app!!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Have to give everything a try ... once
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Very Cool
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
    1. Trist06's Avatar
      Trist06 -
      indeed it does seem slow
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      like 1PM@N!O said it just crashes on 4.0 :[

      like 1PM@N!O said it just seems to crash on 4.0 :[
    1. guyverunit0's Avatar
      guyverunit0 -
      another 4.0 user here, the thing crashes on open for me too. Is it only for 4.0.1 or is it a 3.x thing?
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      i am pretty sure it only works for 3.x fw
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Works for me on iPhone 4, iOS 4.0.1, jailbreakme'd.
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      southfrisico i am on 4.0 it cood make a difference but i don't know
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      downloaded and opened then crashed so its not good for 4.0.1 and I got 5 GB of free space left.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      Maybe try clearing cache, cookies, and history. Close Safari (also close it in the multitasking dock). Reopen Safari and try again. I don't think there were major Safari changes from 4.0 to 4.0.1 so I don't see why it wouldn't work for 4.0 users unless you guys have added certain jailbreak (Safari plugin) apps today that might be causing a conflict with the browser.
    1. rickwaldo's Avatar
      rickwaldo -
      Works for me too. On i4, ios 4.0.1
    1. Lolcats's Avatar
      Lolcats -
      i like the direction this is taking. and it should work on every OS. it's just safari
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      nah cleared all cache history everything n it still crashes i did delete the safari off multitask bar n nothing
    1. bigorangekitty's Avatar
      bigorangekitty -
      what directory is openmktapp, and it's "apps", kept in? i know they're web apps, but they have to leave icons or information somewhere on your phone. what directory?