Google to introduce a Google Wave app store

Google's upcoming 'Google Wave' communication platform is an interesting one; it's currently in testing, but it's arguably one of the most discussed online services this year. It's now been announced that it will even be getting its own app store, to help provide some more functionality.

According to The Next Web, the app store was announced at the Google Technology User Group meeting in London earlier, stating that, "an extension store is planned where developers would be able to display and charge for apps." This app store would help provide a bit of momentum for the service upon its public release, and it would be of benefit to developers also. Lars Resmussen, the engineer behind the concept of Wave, stated recently, "We'll almost certainly build a store... so many developers have asked us to build a marketplace - and we might do a revenue-sharing arrangement." It's known already that the company will make Google Wave's API public, so people can develop their own software based on it, and having a dedicated app store will obviously help keep everything contained in one place.

At the same meeting, it was noted that Google will not build a dedicated iPhone or Android Wave app any time in the near future, but instead will work to improve the mobile web interface; this'll allow them to update the service at any time, rather than submit a new app version for approval to Apple (providing its the iPhone app in question here).

Google Wave is certainly showing promise, but only upon public release will we truly know how well it'll fare in the real world.

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Just because it's a store, doesn't mean people HAVE TO charge for them, they just can.
I'm sure free apps will be much more popular.

At the same meeting, it was noted that Google will not build a dedicated iPhone or Android Wave app any time in the near future, but instead will work to improve the mobile web interface; this'll allow them to update the service at any time, rather than submit a new app version for approval to Apple (providing its the iPhone app in question here).

That's a shame about the lack of an Android app. It severely limits the usefulness of Wave on mobile phones, as with a web-based client there really isn't a notifications system.

That said, they could create an app with the sole purpose of Wave notifications. It could link to the mobile web page. Hmm...

This is ridiculus. Google Wave is not that big of a deal. Find it rather useless actually. An app store to go with it? Oh come on. Why does everything have to have an "app store"?

Intelman said,
This is ridiculus. Google Wave is not that big of a deal. Find it rather useless actually. An app store to go with it? Oh come on. Why does everything have to have an "app store"?

Just because you find it useless, does not mean that everyone else is going to find it useless. It's being built mainly with businesses/enterprises in mind, to whom it will be very useful. To plenty of people, it is a big deal.

App stores make it easier for consumers to find apps/extensions and easier for developers to market their wares, that is why. If you were a developer, you'd understand.

Intelman said,
This is ridiculus. Google Wave is not that big of a deal. Find it rather useless actually. An app store to go with it? Oh come on. Why does everything have to have an "app store"?

Because Google Wave is extensible. It's also a platform, not just a product. Even an open platform, so you can run your own "Google Wave" service.

Why it would NOT have this, would be a much better question.

Google Wave Poker.
Google Wave iFart.
Google Wave imessenger.
Google Wave *

While i think it is possible to build a business inside Google Wave but it will hurt the image of Google Wave, converting in a real mess, the same mistake done by Myspace and Facebook.