CES 2014: Pokki App Store Heads to Android from Windows 8

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Can a new app store for Android tablets do a better job than Google Play or Amazon? Pokki just might soon do the trick. SweetLabs, the makers of Pokki, announced at CES 2014 that the Pokki app store — which incorporates “recommendation technology” — will expand beyond Windows to provide support for Android devices, and that Pokki will also start to include device-specific criteria in recommending apps. Pokki already comes preinstalled on Windows 8/8.1 devices from Lenovo and Acer.

For Android devices, Pokki will serve as an alternative front end to Google Play, sorting apps and guiding users to Google Play for app downloads.

Intel Capital- and Google Ventures-backed SweetLabs also plans to extend support to “multi mode devices,” or those built to “nontraditional hardware specs,” said Chester Ng, a SweetLabs co-founder.

In addition, SweetLabs is now working on technology that will make recommendations based on what kind of device is in use: whether it’s a tablet or laptop; its screen size and operating system; and real-time device orientation, for instance. Productivity apps might be recommmended when a device is being used in notebook mode, or entertainment apps when a device is sitting flat on a table, for example.

Theoretically, at least, for Android tablets with larger screen sizes, Pokki would recommend Android apps which display well on those types of devices.

Pokki first rose to fame last year for providing a Start Menu for Windows 8 desktops as part of its app store, and an app recommendation service for Windows.

Pokki for Windows is downloadable from the Web.  Pokki for Android is targeted for release in the second half of this year.



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