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Organisations planning to give users access to curated collection of Android apps can now do so with their Google Apps account, after the advertising giant quietly threw the switch on what it has poetically dubbed “The Google Play Private Channel for Google Apps”. The existence of the new feature was snuck out in a support …

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Thanks

Looks like the Ouya will have its own play store for games.

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A Play store only accessible by authorised Ouya devices... so much for interoperability and openness.

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Competing app stores?

What is really needed is someone (e.g. the EU) to force Apple, Google & MS to allow alternative public app stores to be added under YOUR control, so you get real competition, and are not simply reamed by your OS supplier having bought a device.

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Re: Competing app stores?

As far as Google is concerned, you have always been able to do exactly that. Users simply need to tick the box in Android software settings to allow installation from sources other than Google's own store.

Apple and MS, not a chance in hell.

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Re: Competing app stores?

and don't forget games consoles, Smart TVs, STBs and everything with a computer chip in it.

So many things locked to vendors, so little time.

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Re: Competing app stores?

But there are already other stores exactly as you describe.

There's no lockdown in Android. Amazon has its own store. There's a few others, too. Not to mention you can sideload to your heart's content by checking one box in the settings.

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Re: Competing app stores?

What is really needed is someone (e.g. the EU) to force Apple, Google & MS to allow alternative public app stores to be added under YOUR control

Yeah, that's going to be a very good idea..

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So this requires Google Apps for Business but they just removed the free version of Google Apps for Business. So unless you're already a Google Apps for Business customer this is useless.

It would be nice if we could have a channel that features apps that we recommend for use with our current IT systems and apps we've written ourselves. But we don't use Google Apps and we're not about to switch to it.

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I see potential in something like this

There exist sites today like CNET which have their own collection of desktop software downloads from various developers, reviewed by the owners of the site. If you get your stuff from there, you can also be (somewhat) sure that you're not installing some malware-ridden mess.

The same thing could be done to "private Play stores": in return for some ad revenue, CNET could publish its own collection of Android apps, all taken from the main store with the developers' consent of course, and if people are looking for safe, quality programs, they could look there instead of the more "lawless" main Play store. This way, people can have their strict "curated app store" if they really want, but it's forced upon anyone, and most importantly for Google, they don't have to do any of the work.

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CNET? Really?

So I can download some extra bundled adware on top of the adware the app comes with? Not a chance in hell.

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Re: CNET? Really?

"So I can download some extra bundled adware on top of the adware the app comes with? Not a chance in hell."

Exactly what I was thinking. Download.com ,cnet and a few others profess to having a clean, malware free library, then you get this download wrapper thing laced with adware/spyware. I seem to recall quite a few devs wernt to happy about their apps being distributed in this way as they released their app as freeware and cnet et.al monatised it (and kept all the profits for themselves) against the devs wishes.

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Does it mean anything that when I saw the headline I read it as, "Google enables Pirate Bay stores"?

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Wait, did you say

Android devices have a force field now?

Man, I wish there were still updates for my Original Edition Samsung Galaxy Tab!

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