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Mobile App Store Spat

10:30 AM -- Now that Opera Software ASA has launched an app store, GetJar Networks Inc. wants "appsolutely nothing" to do with the Norway-based mobile browser company, sparking what looks set to be quite a mobile app store spat. (See Euronews: March 9 and Opera Launches Mobile Store.)

GetJar announced that Opera Mini had been banned from its app store, via this Tweet early Wednesday morning, which was then reported by MocoNews. In response to questions about this announcement, GetJar posted the following tweet: "placed an app store in their browser. one thing we can't do is promote competing app stores."

The Web-based Opera Mobile Store, which launched on Monday, is built in partnership with white-label app store provider, Appia, which was formerly known as PocketGear.

But Opera says it is talking to GetJar and it clearly hopes it will not be left out for long. In a statement emailed to Light Reading Mobile, an Opera spokeswoman said: "As we have worked closely with GetJar for a number of years we would like to find a solution to still be part of their offering. Opera Mini has been one of the most popular downloads in GetJar's system historically, so we also believe this means that their users are missing out on a popular app."

GetJar is the industry's largest independent app store, and this move will not look good for its devotion to openness. Also, it's not clear just how detrimental it is for Opera to lose this outlet. The mobile browser company noted that Opera Mini was "one of the most popular" downloads from GetJar, but is the exclusion a major setback?

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:10:45 PM
re: Mobile App Store Spat

The move to block Opera seems to run counter to GetJar's open philosophy, but do we really need app stores within app stores? As if fragmentation and the number of app stores wasn't a big enough problem. I have to side with GetJar here.

Michelle Donegan 12/5/2012 | 5:10:43 PM
re: Mobile App Store Spat

Totally agree, Sarah! And why should GetJar be expected to promote a competing app store, anyway? 

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