AT&T-backed App Quality Alliance launches Android app directory

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The nonprofit App Quality Alliance unveiled its Quality App Directory, a free resource enabling consumers and businesses to identify accredited Android services.

According to the App Quality Alliance--which is operated and funded by partners AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Oracle, Orange, Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile--the Quality App Directory is not an app storefront, but instead spotlights accredited, high-quality Android apps available for download from other sources. Developers can submit self-tested apps based on AQuA tools and criteria, or seek approval from any of four AQuA-approved testing houses: Babel Media, Intertek, Sogeti High Tech and VMC Consulting. Test costs range between $40 and $250 per app.

AQuA said it will conduct periodic audits of self-tested apps, granting AQuA Member Verified status to developers who've successfully competed the testing process on their own. Tested apps will gain the status of AQuA Member Verified. Developers who achieve consistent accreditation will earn "Trusted Developer" status.

AQuA--previously known as the Unified Testing Initiative--was created to reduce fragmentation and encourage the adoption of working practices intended to boost app quality. The organization plans to expand the Quality App Directory to other platforms in the future.

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