10/30/10

Why App Stores are broken - and how to fix them

Today I gave a talk at the >play conference (Berkeley Digital Media Conference) on app stores, why the current model is inherently broken and how to fix them (hint: check out Mozilla's work on an Open Web App Ecosystem). Here's the synopsis of my talk: "Today, apps are extremely popular -  they're easy to use, easy to find and attractive. However, this new world of apps is extremely flawed - and the growth and potential innovation of the current app system is held back by closed development models, vertically integrated experiences without competition and obscure approval procedures for developers .  There is a better future - it's called the Web, it won before and it will win again." And the slides (note that most of the important bits are lost on you if you don't have the audio track): You can also see the slides directly on Scribd