I believe it is possible to create an alternative to official app stores
Shared by Raubo · 145d ago · 5 comments

In my opinion the alternative is a free, open and general space with software, which lives above the app stores, apps’ websites, devices and apps themselves and treats the first two as building blocks of the greater system. It is a place which enables you, as a developer, to distribute, and, as a user, to get to know, create an account, buy and download any application, giving you, at the same time, a choice of where you can do that.

This way, implementing such a general and ultimate model, the alternative neither competes with app stores, using them as its element, not enemies, nor with apps's producers, in fact encouraging users both to visit their website and buy apps from there.

kendsouza · 144d ago

It is already out there and has been there for a long time..HTML5, React Native etc. We have used HTML5 for RunPTO and as a app the entire system works like a charm on all mobile devices and is great on desktops.

What's this new alternative you are promoting?

Raubo · 137d ago

Well, being precise, I am not talking about technologies for creating apps, but about a way of getting and distributing them. And the post, in fact, is not to promote, but to discuss, possible solutions.

user_1234 · 145d ago

"general space with software, which lives above the app stores, apps’ websites, devices and apps themselves and treats the first two as building blocks of the greater system" what does this even mean?

Raubo · 137d ago

Well, that means that I believe that this is possible to create an alternative, which is kind of an aggregator of all activities concerning software. A platform, which redirects to proper places, responsible for particular tasks - an app store for installing software, a producer's website for buying it or signing up for its account. A prototype of this concept, which enables to see and understand the idea better, is here: https://main-electronics.com/softwarestore

manojranaweera · 145d ago

Techcelerate (www.techcelerate.ventures) Member Company is building an alternative - early days www.plugin.io