Apple introduced the web interface to the iTunes app store because there were a lot of people who just wanted to check out an app without necessarily wanting to install it. For all such people and for the ones who don’t have an actual iDevice or don’t want to go through the hassle of installing iTunes on their computers, iTunes web interface is the solution. Cydia on the other hand was still limited to your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch’s screen. Though modmyi and Saurik’s server let you access Cydia from a desktop browser, they never are the ‘good’ solutions and the interfaces are just clunky. I have had a lot of trouble checking out a Cydia app while my iPhone was not with me but the problem seems to be solved now as we have something called ‘Cydia Search‘ provided by Plante-iphones.com. I am really pleased at the interface as it is one of the cleanest and clutter-less interfaces I’ve ever seen for any jailbreak related stuff. Though it is a rip off of iTunes app store’s web interface, it is appealing and that’s what we are actually concerned with.
The only thing you won’t like is that ‘Cydia Search’ does not have the option of adding a repository yourself so you can only browse through the default repos which still provide you access to thousands of jailbreak apps. You cannot obviously install an app from ‘Cydia Search’ and will have to launch Cydia on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and search for the app you are looking for. Innovation never stops and if this thing goes viral, I can foresee Android market like web installing feature and even an iTunes or DoubleTwist like windows application dedicated to Cydia.
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