According to a new patent application submitted at the US patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple is looking into sharable apps. The application goes like this: __STARTQUOTE__”Disclosed herein are systems, computer-implemented methods, and tangible computer-readable storage media for synchronizing applications between devices. The method displays, on a sharing device, a list of one or more applications which are available to share with other devices, and receives a selection, at the sharing device, of an application to share with a receiving device from the list of applications. The method then determines by the sharing device, sharing preferences of the selected application, creates an application package at the sharing device, based on the sharing preferences, and establishes a network connection from the sharing device to the receiving device. The system transmits the application package from the sharing device to the receiving device via the network connection.”__ENDQUOTE__
What it means in non-boring terms is that Apple has created an app which will allow you to transfer apps over peer-to-peer Bluetooth or over Wi-Fi. This provides Apple with a great away of advertising a certain app – the owner of an app transfers an “application seed” to friends and colleagues with a similar device. The recipients can even share the demo in turn, which could bring in a lot of word-of-mouth sales for that particular company.
The whole idea of shareable apps looks very interesting and could be a big game changer. With the patent approval pending, let’s see how the idea takes shape.