The move will enable developers to write additional software, programs and plug-ins for the online, real-time collaboration tool, which is in beta and has 600,000 users worldwide.
Lars Rasmussen, one of the co-creators of Google Wave, told attendees at the Google Wave user meetup in London last week that Google would “almost certainly” build an app store for the service. “So many developers have asked us to build a marketplace, and we might do a revenue-sharing arrangement,” he said.
Application stores are proving to be hugely popular on mobile devices, and Google hopes to extend this success to the desktop. Apple offers just under 100,000 applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, while Google’s Android operating system is also starting to take off, with the number of apps being developed for the platform doubling between September and October this year, bringing the total number to around 10,000.
“With an app store specifically for Google Wave however, the potential for something as great, if not greater then than the iPhone app store is a distinct possibility,” said Zee Kane, a technology expert with The Next Web. “Already, independent software developers have built and tested Wave applications that handle such tasks as teleconferencing and videoconferencing, but while the Apple App Store sells software only for the iPhone and touch, a Wave marketplace could stock in-Wave applications, along with desktop applications, browser extensions and a world of devices, from laptops, phones, tablets and more with built-in Wave support.”
Early reviews of Google Wave have been largely positive, although some users have struggled to find a genuine use for the tool. Some gamers, involved in multiplayer online games, have used the service to co-ordinate missions and organise in-game raids.
Google has not said when the Google Wave app store will go live.
Content courtesy of The Telegraph