Mozilla's web app store debuts in Firefox for Android
Posted Oct 20, 2012 13:57 UTC (Sat) by khim
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Repository is fundamentally different from App Store. App Store makes it possible for the different competing parties to upload stuff. Even if there are review process (as in Apple's App Store) it looks on each app in isolation (sometimes Apple decides not to permit the app when it's competes with offers from Apple itself, but of course this is an aberration, not something to celebrate). Repository tries to create coherent whole from the disparate packages. It's easy see the difference: you can install apps from dozens of App Stores on Android - and the phone will work like a phone in the end, but try to mix dozens of random PPAs - and you can easily reach the state where the result will refuse to even boot.
P.S. Of course it's entirely possible to offer examples of conflicting applications for Android and it's possible to show dozen of PPAs which don't conflict. This is about principle, not about the details: App Stores are designed to offer random software from random vendors which you can install without thinking—and sometimes it fails while repository offers coherent whole and is not designed to be mixed with other repositories—although sometimes you can do that if you are lucky.
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