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Don’t listen to Elon Musk, the app stores are great

It’s time to celebrate the App Store. Not only the Apple App Store, but Google Play as well. They are digital toy stores, full of wonder and joy, available to everyone who walks through the virtual door. When you’re inside you feel safe and secure, everything is in place for you to quickly pay for all your new stuff, so you walk away happy and satisfied.

App stores are the lifeblood of our smartphones, and trust me — you don’t want to know what it would be like without them. But let’s imagine that for a moment because there’s been a lot of noise over the past few days about the existence of the App Stores Bad places. Do not listen, because this is only true if you are a billionaire who wants to become, more Billionair.

Confidence and comfort

The App Store on iPhone 14 Pro is shown against a pink background
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When you download an app to your iPhone, you visit the App Store. The apps inside are up-to-date, organized and – best of all – secure. You pay using Apple’s payment platform, using credentials that are securely stored and encrypted, and authorized with your face or fingerprint. Like me, you probably don’t think twice about doing this, just as you don’t worry about whether or not the app you’re downloading is genuine.

When it comes time to update the app, it happens in the background, and if you want to opt out, you know exactly where to find the option. If you have an Android phone, you can do all of this through Google Play, and although you can do it through the separately installed Amazon App Store, Samsung’s Galaxy Store, or one of various other Android App Store options, it’s probably to win R.

The reason why you don’t do this is because of the convenience, reliability, and trust of the underlying platform, and these are the reasons why developers demand to bring their apps inside these two massive stores. Removing any and all barriers between the app and our phone is essential as it can lead to untold riches if the app becomes successful. To enter, the developer agrees to pay Apple, Google, Samsung and Amazon a certain percentage of the money he earns. This service fee (all 30% for apps that make more than $1 million a year) is the cost of doing business in the App Store and is a bit like a merchant fee for credit cards, an eBay discount for a sale, or the amount Uber gets from your fair.

Life outside the App Store

Huawei P50 Pocket App Gallery app.
Huawei App Gallery Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Security, convenience, accessibility, reliability and speed. These are some of the main reasons we use the App Store and Google Play. These are likely the same reasons someone might subscribe to Spotify. It’s by far the most widely used streaming music service in the world, it has pretty much any song you could want to hear, and the app is well designed and easily accessible through the aforementioned app stores.

Now, what if these app stores don’t exist, or the app you want isn’t available within the store? Huawei knows what happens next because, ever since it was denied access to Google Mobile Services, it has been busy building its own app store and mobile service ecosystem. You can try it on any recent Huawei phone. Unless you’re in the US, that’s because you can’t afford to buy one. So much for giving me a choice, but I digress.

I’m in the UK and can easily buy a Huawei phone and use the Huawei App Store. Let’s say I want to use Spotify or Twitter on my Huawei phone. Neither is available in the App Gallery, so the store directs you to install the .APK file from another source. From there, you have to jump through different hoops, agree to different security warnings, and hope that the apps are the ones you want and aren’t riddled with malware.

Huawei Mate 50 Pro camera module seen close up.
Huawei Mate 50 Pro Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Huawei maintains that security isn’t a concern, but the thought of putting payment information in an app downloaded from a mostly unknown source pretty much goes against everything I’ve learned about the internet since day one. Right or wrong, he feels the opposite of those five reasons mentioned above. It doesn’t feel safe, it’s not comfortable or fast, and it doesn’t inspire confidence. It’s also what life is like if the app you want isn’t available in the app store you use regularly.

It works, but it’s significantly more frustrating and discouraging than simply getting these apps from the App Store or Google Play. You never want to do it regularly, but that’s what would happen if Twitter’s Elon Musk got kicked out of the app stores, or Daniel Ek went it alone with Spotify, just as Epic Games did with Fortnite. There won’t be any benefits to you, the average phone user, because I’m highly suspicious of low app prices. This is because it is not related You are – It’s about they Earn more money. Instead, it’s a future of .APKs, new payment systems to manage, and a lot of messing around.

App stores work for normal people

Google Play Store on Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
Galaxy A53 Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

Now, I’m not saying that the App Store and Google Play are the only way to get apps. Nor am I saying that Apple and Google’s business practices are flawless, nor am I saying that developers are wrong about the system. Almost all of these issues work problemsbut recently, the big players (including Twitter and Spotify) have tried to rally you, the consumer, to help change them by shouting about choice, taxes, fairness, and that old chestnut of free speech.

It’s important to remember when the billionaire CEOs of these companies sweat, it’s what the app stores they rally against do for you. It’s all too nice to say you’ll make a competing phone, or force you to download an .APK file to get the game you want — but it all leads to the same place Huawei found itself (somewhat inadvertently), that finding certain apps isn’t It’s as easy, safe, and consumer-friendly as ever.

I really don’t want to mess around with finding apps, wondering where it came from, endlessly entering login details and pushing to multiple sites, or wondering if it will still work when I update my phone’s OS. I really don’t want to change my phone either, just because an app I love has made life difficult. I’m sure you don’t either, especially since the only people who really benefit from it are the billionaires who became billionaires through the availability of apps on popular app stores.

There are undoubtedly adjustments that can be made to the way app stores do business that will improve and benefit both operators and developers, but none of them should be at the expense of how they operate. weend customers. For now, they’re working really well, so don’t forget this next time you read about how bad they supposedly are.

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