Third-party application portal GetJar has apparently retaliated against Opera Software ASA launching its own branded app store yesterday by removing Opera Mini from its listings. GetJar further justified its actions by writing a blog post on the subject found at the read more link, written by Patrick Mork, Head of Marketing at GetJar.
"Apps on Getjar are free to download. This has always allowed us to provide quick, unrestricted and worldwide access to apps for all our users. Itâ€™s a central part of our business and philosophy and one that we find fundamental to allowing consumers to try great content no matter where they live and how they want to consume apps.
However, to keep our service running GetJar needs to make money 😉 Therefore, we allow app developers to promote their applications on GetJar using advertising. Developers can obtain extra visibility to promote their apps and pay for this on a per-download-basis. This keeps your content free, keeps us running and allows developers to get extra visibility.
â€œThe simple problem is that Opera mini decided to include a competing app store in its browser. Although we donâ€™t have any issue with this in principle, in practice it means that consumers might start using this app store instead of visiting GetJar to get their favourite apps. This robs GetJar of traffic and therefore of the advertising necessary to keep our service free for the more than 25 million consumers that use GetJar. It also jeopardizes an ecosystem that has generated over 1.6 billion downloads for tens of thousands of developers who depend on us to make money from their apps.
Donâ€™t get me wrong: weâ€™re happy to go head-to-head with any other app store and are certain that once youâ€™ve tried the Opera App store youâ€™ll find the depth of content, discovery and download from GetJar more compelling than ever. But itâ€™s an another thing entirely to help competitors grow their business at our expense or that of our community. We spent many months negotiating with Opera to avoid this scenario and are disappointed that GetJar consumers will no longer have access to Opera Mini. Fortunately, there are a number of excellent options on GetJar for our users including Bitstream Bolt, UC Web browser and Squace. All are excellent products. In the meantime, we hope to resolve this solution with Opera in the futureâ€¦â€
Operaâ€™s new app store powered by Appia is accessible within Opera Mini and online. Free and paid applications for Android, BlackBerry, Java and Symbian devices are on offer along with online access via http://mobilestore.opera.com/. Opera has yet to issue an official statement on the matter