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Intel Announces App Store for Atom Netbooks

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Intel has said that the company is working on an application store for the Atom processor.

With the lines separating smartphones from MIDs and MIDs from netbooks becoming increasingly blurry, it makes sense that someone thought to launch an app store for netbooks.

Speaking at IDF in San Fransisco yesterday afternoon, Intel CEO Paul Otellini explained that with users getting more and more comfortable purchasing applications from app stores and more of its customers already hosting app stores, Intel is working on a framework to support its clients and their desire to host more app stores.

Acer, Asus and Dell are said to support Intel's Atom developer program. "Acer is excited to see Intel’s effort in bringing new and innovative applications to netbooks and will use the Intel Atom Developer Program framework to open an application storefront," said Jim Wong, president, Acer IT Products Global Operations. 

Could an app store for Atom netbooks take off like it has for Apple's iPhone?

IDF 2009: Intel Atom Developer Program

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    randomizer , September 23, 2009 2:08 PM
    I hope MSI tag along too.
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    Gnegroni , September 23, 2009 3:48 PM
    Damnit Acer...I hope your newer netbooks actually WORK instead of spending time in the repair shop. Anyhow, good news for Intel and netbooks!
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    huron , September 23, 2009 4:40 PM
    Interesting. I only wonder what sort of applications they might be offering. It seems like we're a little app store happy now, aren't we?
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    skykaptain , September 23, 2009 4:45 PM
    Wont this be OS dependent? I can understand for each company and OS but to those of us that do not stick with the default OS this means nothing. Or does it? If I want a app I just "sudo apt get" it. Plus it's free.
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    Regulas , September 23, 2009 5:18 PM
    sudo apt get or Synaptic Package Manager is nice too.
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    Major7up , September 23, 2009 5:22 PM
    Yeah, I don't see the point in this either.
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    michaelahess , September 23, 2009 5:30 PM
    I won't use any apps that I have to pay for (app store caliber that is). That's why I've got winmo phones, enough free stuff to do anything I need. Hell even my BB has free stuff for most of what I want. My netbook is win7, osx, ubuntu so I have no need for "little apps".

    Then again I don't twit, facebook, etc. as I have a (real) life :) 
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    Anonymous , September 23, 2009 5:37 PM
    Fullscreen doesn't work on the video with me (Firefox 3,5)
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    steiner666 , September 23, 2009 7:19 PM
    this is stupid. netbooks are pcs, not proprietary mobile devices. we already have an app store, it's called the fucking internet, and we don't need intel to spoon feed us applications.
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    eaclou , September 23, 2009 8:10 PM
    Ubuntu already comes with what is essentially an app-store, but almost everything's free, also, windows has the internet and google to find and d/l things...
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    maigo , September 23, 2009 9:38 PM
    they call it isohunt
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    WheelsOfConfusion , September 23, 2009 9:39 PM
    I'd be pretty surprised if any of the Intel app store apps were geared towards Intel's own OS, Moblin.
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    matt87_50 , September 23, 2009 11:58 PM
    I've always thought app stores were a good idea. AS LONG AS THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY WAY!

    multiple app stores can be a pain tho (like having to have steam for some games, something else for others) I think they should all agree on ONE standard, so people can buy their apps from any app store, but can view them all in one place, maybe even have the same account for all of them.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 24, 2009 1:12 PM
    smartphones, MIDs, netbooks, notebooks, this is getting to be too much .
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    arlandi , September 28, 2009 4:04 AM
    Matt87_50I've always thought app stores were a good idea. AS LONG AS THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY WAY!multiple app stores can be a pain tho (like having to have steam for some games, something else for others) I think they should all agree on ONE standard, so people can buy their apps from any app store, but can view them all in one place, maybe even have the same account for all of them.


    as long as that standard/framework does not add to the cost of creating applications, then i'm all in.
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    sublifer , September 29, 2009 3:46 PM
    So now instead of just reaming you a new one with their high OS and software prices they can nickel and dime us to death with an appstore too? I won't like it unless they sell office apps for a few bucks each on there.