app stores

Symbian pushes into Chinese mobile market

The Symbian Foundation on Wednesday moved to boost the platform’s market share by exploiting the potential of one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets. Under a deal with China Mobile, the world’s largest operator in terms of subscribers, the Foundation will collaborate on a series of mobile initiatives in China, including a focus on the locally developed 3G standard, TD-SCDMA.

Palm offers glimpse of Pixi

Troubled handset manufacturer Palm has lifted the curtain on its second device based on the webOS platform, simultaneously slashing the price of its flagship Pre device.

Mobile Streams launches developer facility

Mobile content specialist Mobile Streams has launched a smartphone research and development centre in Hong Kong which will focus on application development for smartphone platforms such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone.

Spotify coming to iPhone

Music streaming service Spotify has created an iPhone app and sent it over to Apple for approval and inclusion into the App Store.

Symbian to play application middle man

The Symbian Foundation announced an application publishing programme on Thursday afternoon that will see it attempt to bridge the gap between developers and application stores. Dubbed Symbian Horizon, the new initiative was described by Symbian’s Sean Puckrin, who is leading the programme, as equivalent to a record label in the music business.

LG crashes app store party

Korean handset manufacturer LG Electronics has realised it needs to get in on the app store action to be a contender.

App store wars: Who owns the customer?

As the impact of Apple’s iPhone resonates around the mobile industry, operators and device makers are all running to raise the bar on their own smartphones and services, hoping to catch the wave of higher revenues and customer loyalty, by Kate Bulkley.

Google targets in-app advertising

While mobile advertising has so far proven something of a slow burn, the rise of the app store in 2009 is expected to bring in-application advertising to the forefront of the industry.

Building a mobile app ecosystem to drive mobile usage

More and more organisations are announcing mobile app stores. Operators have been announcing their plans throughout this past year – the most recent announcement of an upcoming Vodafone store for mobile content and applications joins previous announcements from operators such as Orange and O2.

Sony Ericsson jumps on app store bandwagon

And another one jumps on the app store bandwagon. This time it’s struggling feature phone vendor Sony Ericsson, which on Thursday announced plans to distribute mobile applications via its PlayNow arena.

Brands spoilt for choice as app stores take off

Close to a quarter of online European consumers now regularly access the internet from their mobile handsets, creating new opportunities as well as new confusion for brands unsure about their target audience and mobile strategy.

Apple takes 12% of mobile apps market

Application store trailblazer Apple managed to capture 12 per cent of the mobile apps market in 2008, according to figures released this week.


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