App Stores At War As GetJar Bans Opera Mini: “We All Have To Make A Living”
Begun, the alternative app stores war has.
According to a tweet from GetJar Networks, which provides an alternative, platform-agnostic mobile applications marketplace, the Opera’s Mini browser has been kicked off the alternative app store offered by the Lithuanian company.
The reason for the ban (based on later messages GetJar posted on Twitter – they say an explanatory blog post is coming soon) is that Opera Mini now boasts an app store of its own, courtesy of a partnership with Appia (formerly PocketGear).
The news of Opera Mini’s ejection from GetJar’s marketplace was first reported by PaidContent.
GetJar responded to someone on Twitter who cynically stated that it “looks like GetJar isn’t the anti-App Store after all” that it would explain the reasoning for the Opera Mini ban in detail on its developer blog later today, but added to the tweet that “we all have to make a living”.
Translation: GetJar is clearly not going to allow competing mobile app stores to enjoy the marketing and distribution power of its network because it would have a direct impact on their business. Appia says it offers 140,000 free and paid apps, which is roughly the same amount of apps and games GetJar claims it offers.
We’ve asked Opera for comment, and they’ve responded thusly:
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.
We are in dialogue with GetJar about the process going forward. At this stage we can not confirm anything.
To be continued, in other words.