Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Here's (Another) App Store For Ya.

By Benedict Wee

Samsung's joining the already-crowded application bandwagon with the announcement of their personal app store for its line of smartphones.

The store -which is expected to get 2000 apps by the end of the year- will stock games by major developers; Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Capcom and TAITO with titles such as "Spider-man" and "GTS Racing". Non-game publishing houses like Pearson Longman and Handmark will also be providing a fair number of applications for Samsung's App Store.

Though available only on Omina smartphones initially, Samsung expects its applications to be transferable to other electronics which the Korean company manufactures such as Personal Media Players and Televisions in the near future.

The Samsung App Store will be available on the 14th of September in France, Italy and the UK with 30 other European countries (which might include New Zealand) to follow in the upcoming months. A preview of the store will be shown at the IFA electronics show in Berlin on the 4th.

It doesn't make much sense that Samsung would want their own app store since a good number of their smartphones run Windows Mobile and the long-awaited Galaxy uses the Android platform. Perhaps they're thinking about venturing out on their own with their widget-based mobile OS currently present in all their phones.


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