Apple might just be in trouble here. mocoNews.net reports that two-dozen major carriers have signed up to create a competitor to Apple's App Store. The carriers include such big names as Verizon Wireless, Deutsche Telekom, AT&T, China Mobile, and Vodafone. In total, the group reaches some 3 billion subscribers.
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The hard bit of this cooperative creation will be creating a single standard for which to create apps across multiple platforms. Currently, the group uses JIL and OMTP BONDI standards. The goal is to evolve both of those into a common standard over the next year. Until these carriers can create a unified solution, they're going to have their work cut out for them.
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So will this new alliance be able to kill the App Store? It's possible. Many developers are unhappy with Apple's acceptance standards, and the muscle of all these major carriers certainly counts for something. If they can develop a truly open, international app platform that works across many carriers, Apple may finally have met their match.