苹果iTunes App Store无疑是手机应用开发商最理想的销售渠道，据IHS Screen Digest最近的调查结果显示，App Store在2010年的营收占全球应用商店总合的82.7%，从2009年的7.687亿美元增长到了2010年的18亿美元。
Kinoma平台将在今后推出开源授权，鼓励开发商广泛采用这种技术。Kinoma Play目前支持在诺基亚S60手机、Windows Mobile Phones平台上运行，另外还将推出一个Android测试版本。
Wholesale Applications Community（简称WAC）是一个致力于创建开放式应用平台的电信公司联盟，它的服务对象是运营商的应用商店，支持多功能的HTML5网络应用。据游戏邦了解，WAC已在2011年世界移动通信大会上宣布进入商业运营阶段，中国移动、MTS、Orange、Smart、西班牙电信、威瑞森和沃达丰等主流运营商首先加入了这一平台。WAC的应用程序可运行于Java功能性手机、Android平台，但目前还不支持运行于iOS平台。
3.MobiUS Web Browser
There’s no doubt that the iTunes App Store is the market leader when it comes to being the best place for developers to earn money from their mobile applications. In fact, according to a recent study from IHS Screen Digest, Apple was found to have generated 82.7% of the total global application store revenue in 2010, increasing its revenue from $768.7 million in 2009 to $1.8 billion in 2010.
But that doesn’t mean companies with alternative ideas about app distribution have thrown in the towel just yet. Over the past couple of weeks, a number of new programs have crossed our desk here at ReadWriteMobile. Five noteworthy (or at least interesting) developments are listed below. What do you think of their plans? Worth a shot? Or sadly misguided?
Recently acquired by chip maker Marvell, Kinoma’s development platform will allow developers to write apps for a number of different mobile operating systems. According to Marvell, apps built with Kinoma are integrated with the hardware at the OS level, meaning they can perform well even on slower hardware.
The first example of an app built using this technology is Kinoma Play, which can exist either as a standalone app or as the main user interface, depending on how deeply its integrated into a handset.
The Kinoma platform will be offered under an open source license in the future to encourage industry adoption. The Kinoma Play app is available for Nokia S60 devices, Windows Mobile phones and a beta for Android will be available soon.
The Wholesale Applications Community is an operator-led initiative to launch a global, wholesale app store of sorts, where HTML5 apps are deployed through the operators’ app stores, not consumer-facing ones like iTunes and the Android Market. Commercially launched at this month’s Mobile World Congress, the first carriers to support WAC apps are China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone. WAC is designed to support Java feature phones and Android, but not iOS at present. The apps are based on W3C’s widget standard, but do not run in a Web browser.
3. MobiUS Web Browser
A soon-to-launch browser app from appMobi aims to expand access to WAC apps outside of its initial implementations (see above) and bring WAC apps to iOS. The MobiUS browser will support the open APIs for WAC, PhoneGap and its own appMobi XDK. This allows the browser to access and control smartphone features like the accelerometer, camera, sound, vibration, file storage system, phone and more.
These apps will then be able to do much of what native apps can do, when running within the MobiUS browser. The apps will provide access to in-app payments, push notifications and analytics, says appMobi, and they’re built with standard Web technologies. That means they can be “installed” from anywhere – they don’t need to live in an app store.
Zeewe, a new, free HTML5 app store for the iPad and iPhone, Android, Symbian and the PC has been open for just a couple of weeks, but has attracted 100,000 visitors during that time the company says. Based in Brazil, Zeewe was surprised to find that half its traffic came from outside its home country, especially in India and the U.S.
The project reminds me a lot of OpenAppMkt a better known Web app store for iPhone, iPad and Android. That store has been around since late 2010, but it has yet to really take off – will Zeewe have better luck?
Now teamed up with large, third-party app store GetJar for discoverability purposes, Openwave applications built on its “Amplicity” platform have been designed for deployment by operators, as opposed to consumer-facing app stores. Sprint is the first U.S. operator to support the service. Under the new partnership, Openwave apps will be found in GetJar’s online app catalog. The integration will go live in Q2 2011.