- Mobihand Officially Closing Down App Stores
  • Mobihand Officially Closing Down App Stores

    Well, it's official folks. Mobihand has now closed down their App Stores. While this is a sad day for the multi-platform app vendor, it was inevitable. BlackBerry apps have been Mobihand's biggest seller, and ever since App World opened up and became native to the BlackBerry device, Mobihand has suffered a steady decline. Mobihand simply can't compete with on device native app stores. Current costumers with Mobihand accounts will still have a bit of time to download any apps they may have downloaded and get any activation codes before Mobihand cuts the cord for good.

    Here is the full press release from the Mobihand website:

    What a fabulous ride we had!

    From San Francisco to Indonesia, from Brazil to Moscow, for eight years we served millions of worldwide customers with their app needs and delivered hundreds of millions of downloads.

    We enjoyed the rise of many different platforms. BlackBerry and then Android were the biggest. And we suffered through the fall of others. Goodbye Palm and maybe BlackBerry?

    Remember when we downloaded apps onto a PC and then sideloaded them through a cable to our phones? Today, our apps are discovered, downloaded and updated with very little effort right onto our devices (phones and tablets that we could not have imagined when we started). We are proud to have pioneered many of the innovations that all mobile users enjoy today.

    We lived through all of these changes, including the entry of some very large companies into the app industry. These companies changed the industry with their massive resources and easy access to existing customers (which some of them vigorously protect by closing their app systems).

    Domination of mobile app distribution by a relatively small number of large companies has made participation increasingly difficult for independent app distributors. While it was very hard to reach this decision, we have concluded that we have to discontinue our current services. We can only hope that the assets we built over the years will find a new purpose.

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve you over all these years.

    The MobiHand Team

    P.S. Customer accounts will be accessible for a few more days. Customers will be able to re-download purchased apps or get their activation codes, but no upgrades, new codes, or swaps will be available.
    If you are, or were, a developer for Mobihand and are still owed royalties, you can try and contact Mobihand here as it seems their corporate site is still up. I'm not entirely sure how they are handling final payments, if at all. Let us know in the comments if you get through or have insight to this matter as we try and find out.

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