So what is the digital store controversy? This goes back to the Epic Games vs. Apple lawsuite that I discussed in my podcasts episode 2 back in February. The problem is that as specially in the smartphone and tablet sector you have two dominating platforms iOS by Apple and Android by Google. Both of these platforms come with their own digital software stores the App Store and the Google Play Store. Since these are the default stores most users stick to them, provided they have an option, which they don’t have on iOS. This results in Apple and Google being able to dictate the prices and conditions for sales on these stores, which is not great when it comes to competition and competitive pricing.
Epic Games is suing Apple over these conditions and ideally would like to bring their Epic Games Store, a competitor to Valve Software’s Steam Store, Electronic Arts Origin Store on Windows PC, to iOS. This lawsuit already is digging up a lot of interesting information about the industry. And I am not saying that an open market would not be beneficial as specially to us developers and the consumer at large.
The main problem for me goes a bit deeper than this general idea of the open market since we are talking about different categories of devices when we talk about digital stores. Why does the type of device matter in this discussion? – You will probably ask, since the functionality of a store and the associated business models should be the same.
This episode has been a long time coming. Originally planned for March 21st of this year health issues and me changing jobs got it delayed until today. I am not sure if I will be able to pick up the weekly episode schedule that I originally intended, but I will try to have episoded released more regularly.
The episode will premiere again on Youtube today at 8:00 pm CEST and Spreaker, as well as your favorite podcast platforms, at 8:30 pm CEST.
Show notes for today:
In the past 4 years I worked in cross-platform mobile development and viewing this space evolve during that time got me thinking where this would be going in the future. Then during the first weeks of starting a new job I had to work on comparing different cross-platform frameworks putting a whole new perspective to the discussion. I am proposing some ideas in this episode and would love to get into a discussion with the development community on this, so feel free to share the episode and comment below.
Today at 8 pm CET our next episode of the BNOTECHCAST will premiere on Youtube and on 8:30 pm it will hit your favorite podcasting platforms.
Here is todays episodes description:
This episode explores changes in the personal computing sector that have started back in 2019 and have accelerated in 2020. These changes will impact businesses and consumers alike. Lets watch these developments together and discuss the implications. In case you want to provide feedback on this episode head over to https://bnonet.com or E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quick update: we just went live on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bastian-noffers-techcast/id1554762007?uo=4
In case you want to use other services see the previous Post. Once all our distribution channels are live we will create a “How to listen?” page collecting all the references.
For those of you who are fluent in German, I already have a first tidbit.
About a year ago, two colleagues of mine recorded an episode of the real.digital podcast with me. The topic was the smartphone market in transition. As I said above, however, this contribution is in German.
My future podcast episodes will all be in English.