The two largest unofficial jailbreak App stores for iPhone users, Cydia and Rock, have now combined to form a single unified App store.
Cydia, owned by Jay ‘Saurik’ Freeman officially acquired the Rock Your Phone app store run by Mario Ciabarra yesterday. Both the owners had been in talks about an acquisition or a merger since months.
All the applications in the Rock app store will be transferred to Cydia and Rock users will need to create a Cydia login to continue using the app store. All the user backup data and other details of Rock users will be merged with their Cydia accounts.
Cydia had more users and a better app catalog than Rock and also raked in more revenue but Rock had a much better interface and was much faster.
Here’s what the Founder of Rock Your Phone, Mario Ciabarra had to say “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.”