Work starts on an alternate Store
File this under 'pie in the sky' if you will, but it's good to see people starting to think about a way forwards for a proper, interactive Symbian app store once Nokia has pulled the rug from its own Store (imminent, nothing new or updated will appear after 2013). In this case Lucas Facchini in Brazil, creating a working Store front end in Qt. It's early days though and there are plenty of caveats...
Of course, there's so much more to a Store and ecosystem than just the client and UI. Not least:
- a secure way for developers to upload new apps and updates
- hosting costs and sufficient bandwidth to handle the volume of downloads
- significant penetration into the active installed base of Symbian users
Plus there's the still unsolved issue of how anything remotely low level could be digitally signed after this week.
Still oak trees and small beginnings etc. Perhaps, if you're a developer or beta tester by nature, you could lend the project a hand?
Published by Steve Litchfield at 13:46 UTC, December 9th