More proof that the App Store is the killer app component of the iPhone...

Scientists studying the mobile web are seeding Apple's iPhone Applications Store with research projects in a bid to see how users in the real world take to them. The projects include an experimental text-input system and an application to sync multiple devices. ...

"The iPhone App Store gave us a chance to experiment in the wild," says researcher Shumin Zhai, who has added the experimental text-input system WritingPad to the App Store as a free download. "Putting it on the iPhone App Store gave us a sense of the value of the technology." ...

"In the first 24 hours of the program's release on the App Store it bagged about 60 reviews from real users. Now more than 500 reviews have been written of it," he says. "You can never have a total sense of user experience by doing lab studies."
Link: Wired: IBM Researchers Using iPhone App Store as Test Bed >

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