app stores

Sun brings Java app store to market

The app store frenzy continued this week as Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Java developer Sun Microsystems, revealed his own plans to get in on the game, on a much bigger scale.

Voda joins app store wars with smart pipe approach

The world’s biggest carrier by revenues, Vodafone, issued a rallying call to developers on Tuesday, promising mobile app builders a dedicated channel to market and a billing system for their services.

Microsoft to ban mobile VoIP in app store

As the app store wars rage on, web giant Microsoft has drawn its line in the sand, releasing a list of what it will and won’t allow Windows mobile applications sold in the store to do.

Apple App Store downloads top 1 billion

Purveyor of cool gadgets, Apple, continues to blaze a trail with its App Store, announcing that consumers have downloaded one billion applications since its launch in August 2008.

Operator-run app stores risk fragmentation

Carriers risk creating more fragmentation in the mobile application space if they seek to replicate the app store model pioneered by Apple that is causing such a stir in the industry at present.

Heroes to open door on Nokia app store

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, gave some indication of its ambitions for the application store known as Ovi this week, announcing a content deal with Tim Kring, creator of the TV show Heroes.

BlackBerry launches app store

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM) has opened the doors to its application storefront, BlackBerry App World.

Microsoft outlines Windows app store plans

Software giant Microsoft has put more flesh on the bones of its own app store plans this week ahead of the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile later this year.

Cydia offers alternative to iPhone App Store

Given all the fuss over app stores at the moment, it was only a matter of time before the handset hacker community got involved, with the intent of opening up the iPhone platform to even more developers.


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