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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. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Cool. Since, jailbreak is legal. Apple is gonna have some competition. This is great news for us.
    1. Lolcats's Avatar
      Lolcats -
      so i installed it, but it won't launch completely. the only webapp that i'm really in love with is the new youtube one
    1. Nopstnz8's Avatar
      Nopstnz8 -
      Pretty simple idea, but pretty cool nonetheless. Props to the devs for this.
    1. iSlang's Avatar
      iSlang -
      so just to be clear...
      i can upgrade my iphone to the new firmware.
      and then use this to jailbreak again and not lose anything? ie previously installed jb'd apps?
    1. Evilsaint's Avatar
      Evilsaint -
      3GS 4.01 and 4.0 works fine
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      Looks like this kind of thing is going to catch on quickly

      im sure they will iron everything out by the end of the week
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      i got it 2 work on my ipod touch just it won't work on my iphone
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Definitely has a lot of potential, despite not having access to system calls (but that's the case with appstore apps too). It's so fitting that the latest jailbreak tool is a web application.

      My only issue is that categoriesSB STILL doesn't support webapps.

      The only other major hurdle left is photo and media access, and I'm hoping someone will find a way around that.
    1. Nightz's Avatar
      Nightz -
      I got the app on my itouch but it crashes when I open it up. ***.

      Can anyone help with this?
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i love this app. i hope more people start doing stuff like this soon!
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      3G to 3G facetime, at least within the same metro area, comes out clearer than wifi.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Thanks for the post, I will check this webapp out...

      UPDATE: The WebApp isn't that slow at all for me... It's running perfect, thank you very much Pauldanielash for this post, really helpful!
    1. rickwaldo's Avatar
      rickwaldo -
      After a couple of days my openappmkt quit workin' booo hooo
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Ill have to check it out!
    1. ddonuts4's Avatar
      ddonuts4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nightz View Post
      I got the app on my itouch but it crashes when I open it up. ***.

      Can anyone help with this?
      For all who are having crashing issues, they must have updated it or something. Delete it from your home screen then add it again. It took a minute on the first time to load after this, but now it loads a little faster.