[amsat-bb] Re: Please make available for Kindle as wel.

Tom Schuessler tjschuessler at verizon.net
Fri Jan 18 19:44:25 PST 2013

I understand the problems with e-commerce for Apps.  I am willing to pay for
an app that is good and I know that the pay version of HamSatDroid will be
good.  Please do provide some means for those of us outside the Google Play
so providing a for pay side load option will be good.

Tom Schuessler, N5HYP

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregg Wonderly [mailto:w5ggw at cox.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:14 AM
To: David Johnson
Cc: Tom Schuessler; AmsatBB
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: Please make available for Kindle as wel.

One of the most interesting and perhaps frustrating thing about the Android
platform is this "my store", "your store", "no store" interplay between all
the vendors who have created devices using the "open source" Android
platform from Google.  With Google producing devices as well, their
ownership of the "Google Play" store, and demand for "paid entry" into that
marketplace, their competitors, Amazon and B&N etc., are reluctant to "play

So, developers are strung out, being forced to participate in multiple
economies, which doesn't scale very well for small operations like you'll
find in HAM radio software teams.  Walmart had a $99 or so deal on a Chinese
tablet over Christmas.  That tablet had "no store" available to the
purchasers to start with.  The only choice was to install the Amazon store
and be locked into that economy.  There is, always the opportunity to root
these devices and spend the time and energy to manage the whole thing
yourself.  But, without a "Store" 
application, you're limited to what you can get, based on what developers
are willing to "give away."

In this day and age, I think we are past the time of "free software".  I
think it is important to understand how that diminishes the worth of people
doing good things for HAM radio, to have such expectations.

Certainly, many people have limited incomes, so I understand that to be
natural pressure on the scale of the software economy in HAM radio, overall.

In the end, open source is a great thing, when people have time to give
away, or are using the same software to make money elsewhere.  But, all of
these vertical market applications for HAM radio have some very focused
uses, and not very many of them are gold mines in the public markets.

Gregg Wonderly

On 1/16/2013 2:37 AM, David Johnson wrote:
> Hi,
> We will do our best but we cannot target every platform specifically.
> I already build for four google devices. Nexus 1,S,7 & 10.
> The kindle fire and Barnes and Noble devices have to be side loaded 
> and we would have to set up a download site and PayPal payment 
> mechanism for the paid version.
> 73
> Dave
> Since us Kindle users can not directly access the Google Play site, 
> please consider making the apps available to us Kindle Fire and Fire 
> HD users.  I like the functionality and am looking forward to the new 
> features.****
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