In case you guys haven’t noticed it’s 1952 again. I turn on my TV and I get a whopping 3 channels… ABC, NBC and CBS. If I don’t own any of those stations, or pay for advertising on those stations you don’t have a voice on TV. By the mid 1990′s the internet was supposed to save us from this. Anyone can setup a blog, anyone can now have a voice. It was heaven on earth for while… but that changed.. fast forward to 2012.
Now we have less options on mobile than we did for TV in 2012, in 1952 we had 3 options, today we have 2. If you want to have a voice you have to pay Apple or Google to get on either Google Play or Apple’s app store.
Sure you can setup a mobile site or a website, and people could technically visit it on their device… good luck with that however.
For some reason both companies renamed the term “program” to the term “app” and people started foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs to do the best they could to limit their choices of distribution of content.
Instead of how it was in the 1990′s where someone could download a game from ftp.blizzard.com now they are forced to go to the app store in order to install anything on their android or iphone.
Something went backwards in time… and a SERIOUS back-step with freedom of speech.
If you want my opinion, most likely in a few years we’re going to see the popularity of these app stores diminish over time…. and the biggest threat to this model most likely sits here.. though that’s not by any stretch a guarantee.
For now if you want to do anything on your iPhone or Android, you’re going to go have to go to the only two serious app stores in town.