The positive side of Apple’s tight control of the iOS app store
It is obvious that there are downsides to Apple tightly controlling what applications are allowed on iPods, iPhone, and iPads. Among other things, there is an unfortunate gray area  and apps taken away from us  for legal reasons. Now Marco Arment mentions the benefits of Apple using a lot of manpower to check what goes into the app store:
First and foremost, the review process has created a level of consumer
confidence and risk-taking that has enabled the entire iOS app market to
be far bigger and healthier than anyone expected. Average people — the same people who have been yelled at for decades for
clicking on the wrong button on the wrong incomprehensible dialog box
and messing up their computers — can (and do) confidently buy large
quantities of inexpensive apps impulsively [...]
For software makers and trademark owners, Apple’s review process
significantly cuts down on name squatters, illegal clones, piracy apps,
legally risky apps (for better and for worse), and trademark infringers.
This is to be seen in contrast to Google’s less well curated – and slightly more open – Android Market (AM). Google does not support paid apps in all countries and people buy apps less often than on iOS. As a consequence, many AM apps are financed via ads (which is probably in Google’s interest). On the other hand, the Amazon Appstore
for Android is more similar to what Apple does: Better support for paid apps and more curated, with the intention of making publishing an app safer for developers.
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