T-Mobile's App Store Angst
With app stores proliferating from the likes of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), and BlackBerry , T-Mobile worries that the industry is heading for a market scenario of device "silos," and that's a bad thing, according to Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT)'s chief product and innovation officer, Christopher Schläffer. (See Nokia Opens App Store, Apple App Store Gets 12% Market Share, Is Nokia's Ovi Finnish'd?, NTT America Extends IPV6 , Navigating the App Store, and Vodafone Puts Its Apps in Gear.)
"Everyone is providing an app store and not interoperating," said Schläffer, speaking at the Open Mobile Summit in London yesterday. "This industry needs a serious dialogue on open standards when it comes to app stores; otherwise we will lose years on mobile Internet development. We cannot afford silo ecosystems for different device manufacturers."
Schläffer didn't offer a proposal for how such interoperability could be achieved, but he said he wanted to get the industry discussing and debating the issue.
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung