Apple started the trend, everybody followed. Today, having an online app store is one of the most, if not the most preferred method of software distribution for mobile devices. Now, it seems that Intel wants in on the app store front, too.
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When Apple debuted its online app store as the only official method of distribution of new applications and software on its iPhone, it undoubtedly caused a stir in the mobile space. Today, just about any mobile OS developer, including Nokia, Microsoft, Google and RIM boast their own online stores as a means of obtaining new software which are specially designed for the respective devices.
However, not all mobile devices have the luxury of access to an online app store, and this is especially true for netbooks, which reside in the grey area differentiating smartphones and typical, more powerful laptops that are used for conventional work.
Fortunately, it seems that Intel is about to change that: having announced the launch of its own Atom Developer Program and AppUp Center (Beta) for Windows early this year, the chip giant is now relasing yet another beta of their AppUp Center, except that this time, it will be released for its own Atom-only Linux distribution, Moblin v2.1.
According to AnandTech, the AppUp Center will serve as a “new ecosystem for delivering consumer-centric applications to Atom-based systems, including netbooks, slates, and tablets”, and offers various Atom and netbook-optimized consumer applications to ensure more consistent performance levels and user experience on Atom-based devices.
While some may argue that netbooks or MIDs have no need for an app store due to the fact that they have access to the whole range of applications developed for Windows thanks to the x86-based Atom processor which powers most of such devices, it is still nowhere as as powerful or capable as most mainstream mobile processors, which may result in subpar performance or user experience when running certain software which were designed with desktop computing in mind, an issue which Intel is apparently hoping to solve by encouraging the development of more Atom-optimized software.