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  • What Do Samsung's Plans mean for the App World?

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    Rooted in the belief that competition in the app marketplace is good for everyone, a lot of people are excited this week about Samsung's plan to launch a new mobile application store this month.

    eWeek reports that:

    Samsung's new mobile applications store, due to launch in Europe on Sept. 14 before expanding to 30 countries through 2010, will be available on phones running the Windows Mobile operating system, putting the Samsung Application Store in direct competition with Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Both Microsoft and Samsung will be hoping to take mobile-application market share away from Palm, Apple, RIM and other IT giants that have made substantial gains in the space.
    According to the official word from Samsung, Application Store availability will at first be restricted to Omnia and I8910 HD devices. Omnia and Omnia HD users will just need to upgrade their handsets with the download icon of the app store.

    Initially, the U.K., France and Italy will have approximately 300 native apps at their disposal upon the virtual storefrontís debut. Providing content for the initial offering are Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Handmark, and Capcom, to name a few. From this relatively small first batch, Samsung hopes to push its inventory up to more than 2,000 apps by the end of this year.

    Overall, its been a big summer for Samsung. In July, the company revealed the Application Seller Site portal, where developers and content providers can access, promote, and sell their Symbian and Windows Mobile applications in the app store that will launch in two weeks.

    It appears to me, however, that Samsung's store will relish the opportunity to battle it out with Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Although Samsung will have a jump start, it will still have to overcome being three hundred apps behind the projected initial offering of the Windows Marketplace. Additionally, the competition to recruit developers is also getting hot and heavy, with Microsoft aggressively seeking the cream of the crop.

    Samsung's upcoming store has the potential to directly compete with Microsoft's Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is slated to open in fall with some 600 applications. Microsoft has already been campaigning to convince developers to create applications for the store, which will debut on the Windows Mobile 6.5.
    For now, the initial emphasis on Windows Mobile handsets illustrates how Samsung may very well be trying to take out what many believe is the weakest link in the smartphone software business.

    This could get interesting.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: What Do Samsung's Plans mean for the App World? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      This really doesn't excite me.
    1. muaddib's Avatar
      muaddib -
      Of course it doesn't excite you. You are just a regular Apple fan boy that can't see anything beside his Mac.
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      i think it's great, competition breeds better apps and might bring prices down.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
      Of course it doesn't excite you. You are just a regular Apple fan boy that can't see anything beside his Mac.
      Am i? My windows laptop and my htc touch hd running windows mobile doesn't seem to prove my "fan boy status" I can see past apple products but generally the other offerings for rival company's "app store's" are generally filled with pointless or expensive apps. I do not see how samsung will really hit the mark with this at all.

      So before you go getting all "your a fan boy" please read between the lines, how very narrow minded of you.
    1. carlbgc's Avatar
      carlbgc -
      Hate to bring down the thread, but I seriously hope you don't wear that t-shirt in public- LOL
    1. muaddib's Avatar
      muaddib -
      Competition brings lower prices, or better quality. That's the end thing, and nothing beside that.

      You can see past apple products but other stores bring expensive low-quality apps, so only Apple store is cheap and high-quality. How very narrow minded of you, actually.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      Quote Originally Posted by carlbgc View Post
      Hate to bring down the thread, but I seriously hope you don't wear that t-shirt in public- LOL
      The t-shirt picture was "borrowed" from google images.

      Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
      Competition brings lower prices, or better quality. That's the end thing, and nothing beside that.

      You can see past apple products but other stores bring expensive low-quality apps, so only Apple store is cheap and high-quality. How very narrow minded of you, actually.
      This childish banter could go on all day, but i will just say let's see what the future brings. And how successful samsung's store will be. And hopfully they might create a handset I'd actually use.
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      I hate listening to little kids argue!
    1. Alperovich's Avatar
      Alperovich -
      is there really THAT many poeple running windows mobiles on samsung phones??
    1. Maknificent's Avatar
      Maknificent -
      Well....at one point of time WM had the top selling smart phone...not to mention there's probably more USEFUL apps for WM...then the iphone was invented...then you had price reduction...that basically put a dent in WMs smart phones pocket. Then came along the app store with about 1/8 of the apps it has actually being useful or "top" rated..if the Touch HD sold for $199, I'm sure apple would have re-thought the 3GS and the basic features it was added that jailbreakers had since 2G iPhones(excluding compass).
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Bring it on...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Is this really news? I am sorry, but if I come to an Apple Forum, I want Apple news. GTFO with the Samsung stuff...does this affect the iphone? apple? ipod? Umm No.

      In the past week all I hear is Windows this, stupid apple fan boy that. What is going on here. Enough already with all of the "whose operating system is better". The truth is there are more Mac OSX users on here than Windows or Linux etc. This is after all an apple forum. Tell me, do you see anything about windows listed here:
    1. muaddib's Avatar
      muaddib -
      They're posting stuff that could affect your Apple, even in a positive way.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
      Of course it doesn't excite you. You are just a regular Apple fan boy that can't see anything beside his Mac.
      Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
      Competition brings lower prices, or better quality. That's the end thing, and nothing beside that.

      You can see past apple products but other stores bring expensive low-quality apps, so only Apple store is cheap and high-quality. How very narrow minded of you, actually.
      Quote Originally Posted by muaddib View Post
      They're posting stuff that could affect your Apple, even in a positive way.
      Hello Troll
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
    1. Frostbite's Avatar
      Frostbite -
      Ya I dont think that any app store that is out right now will even get close to what apple has going for them, apple did it right from the start, everyone else is throwing it in as a gimmick because its the "in thing" right now.
    1. iPhoenix3g's Avatar
      iPhoenix3g -
      I agree there all just trying just trying to get a slice of the pie.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rota View Post
      Are you retarded? He isn't trolling at all, he just disagrees with you. If anything you're trolling much more than he is with your "I don't want to hear about anything but Apple!" argument. No one cares. Competition brings innovation, and it's nice to know what the competition is doing, therefore making this legitimate news.
      You must not follow his posts then
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Is this really news? I am sorry, but if I come to an Apple Forum, I want Apple news. GTFO with the Samsung stuff...does this affect the iphone? apple? ipod? Umm No.

      In the past week all I hear is Windows this, stupid apple fan boy that. What is going on here. Enough already with all of the "whose operating system is better". The truth is there are more Mac OSX users on here than Windows or Linux etc. This is after all an apple forum. Tell me, do you see anything about windows listed here:
      i think they need some ice for that BURN :-D
    1. ant1225's Avatar
      ant1225 -
      Horray samsung!!!