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Opera is working on a subscription-based storefront for apps

Edgar Alvarez, @abcdedgar
November 27, 2014
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For entertainment services such as Netflix and Spotify, the all-you-can-eat model has been tremendously beneficial -- both have racked up millions and millions of subscribers to date. When it comes to offering mobile applications, though, that idea of subscriptions hasn't really taken off. Regardless of whether you're an independent developer or a major brand, you depend heavily on storefronts like Apple's App Store or Google Play to sell and promote your content. But Opera Software, known mostly for its web browsers, wants to change this. With its new Subscription Mobile Store initiative, Opera wants to give companies a platform to offer their apps through, as the name suggests, a subscription service.

In theory, Opera's marketplace would work in similar fashion to something like the Amazon Appstore, but without the one-time paid and "free" downloads. Instead, anyone making them could charge, say, on a weekly basis for access to their applications. It's definitely not a bad idea, now we'll just have to wait and see if Opera can manage to get others on board.

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