Jay Freeman a.k.a. Saurik, the creator of Cydia, has just bought out his main competition – Rock. Since 2008, both of these underground App Stores have competed vigorously to become the best source for 3rd party apps. Rock is well known for its more pleasing user interface and backup feature, but Cydia has always had the upper hand when it comes to robustness and shear number of available apps and tweaks.
Mario Ciabarra, the creator of Rock, commented about the aquisition:
It’s been a fun ride. We set out to change the landscape and I think we were very successful. I think we contributed to attracting more business professionals to the iPhone jailbreak community, and added some great functionality to the platform. The current transaction with Cydia is a great opportunity for us. We’re going to miss some of the excitement, but no reason for anyone to worry. I, personally, will be spending even more time in Intelliborn apps development (both existing and exciting new projects). A few months ago, Jay and I sat down together and we realized, I enjoyed making apps more (and was better at it), while Jay enjoys providing platform functionality. It was a win-win for both groups and we’re excited about the transition.
Saurik plans to integrate the packages from Rock into Cydia, so you won’t miss out on any applications. Users will still be able to download apps from Rock for the next 10 days, but then its APT servers will be shut down. When the full details of the acquisition are made public, we’ll let you know.
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