Breaking News: Cydia Buys Out Rock.app! [This is The End to Rock.app]
If you have ever used the Rock.app before, you would know that it was an alternative to Cydia. Rock.app provided many features that Cydia does not currently have and overall is a faster installer with a lot more bugs. Today Modmyi reported that SaurikIT, LLC is acquiring Rock Your Phone, Inc. Which in other words means that Saurik (the creator of Cydia) has just bought out Rock.app! In fact after a 10 day transitional period any apps that were purchased will be transferred to Cydia store ID authentication, and any big apps or themes currently on Rock.app will be transferred over to Cydia. If you didn’t think the jailbreaking community was essentially a big business like the app store, you need to think again. Modmyi Released some quick stats and Rock.app made a revenue of 3.3 million this year!
More official details from ModMyi below…
Details of the acquisition have not been made public, but here’s what it means to you: Rock.app will essentially dwindle away. There will be a transitional period for the next 10 days where users can purchase/download apps and licenses in Rock. After that, users will use their Cydia Store login to retrieve their purchased apps. The large majority of themes/apps from Rock will be moved over to Cydia (most are already there right now). Rock will have a notice on it’s first page, and APT updates will discontinue in the near future (so Rock would be useless even if you had it).
If you are wondering why the developers of Rock.app would sell Rock to Cydia (aka Saurik), the reason is quite simple. Mario Ciabarra, the founder and CEO of Rock.app goes on to saying “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.” While this may come as bad news to rock.app fans, this really is just a sign of how strong the jailbreaking community is getting. When jailbreaking was declared legal in late July, there has been a very large focus on the jailbreaking community. More and more developers have been making their way over to the 3rd party world of app development. What are your thoughts about cydia purchasing Rock.app?