PalmGear has not responded to our requests for comment, but Handango gave us this statement from Clint Patterson, Handango's VP of Marketing.
We love the idea of a developer union. It would make our lives much
easier! An organized group could affect positive changes for the entire
mobile downloads ecosystem. In the past, trying to implement standards
(say, a common installation experience) has been immensely difficult.
We look forward to working with this group to champion such causes and
bring about positive changes for our mutual customers.
The ESD Union site asks for a return to rates at 25%. It was at this
rate that PalmGear, now PowerByHand, was forced to default on payments
to thousands of developers. Today, PowerByHand is still in the process
of paying off many of those developers. The experience of those
developers who lost thousands of dollars is testimony that 25% is not
the optimal rate for ESD sites.
Over the past five years, Handango has grown at a compounded annual rate
of 183% per year. Funding this kind of growth, while maintaining a
stable business, requires investment in infrastructure, people,
partnerships, developers and the community. Because of our strong
growth, many developers have also grown and become stronger, healthier
businesses. As testimony to that fact, the ESD Union site says it best:
"after discussion with a number of software developers; it isn't an
option to remove their software if there is a price hike - as, they
depend on the service you provide to make a living on their software."
We at Handango have achieved this position because of careful investment
in the market, and it is our hope that continued investment will lift
everyone in the community to new heights.