Mozilla makes Firefox apps available on Android

Firefox OS apps now run on Android

Software developer Mozilla began repackaging Firefox OS applications for the Android OS this week as it continues to champion open web technologies. Android users can now install apps designed and built for Firefox OS from the Firefox Marketplace and have them behave as they would on Mozilla’s platform.

Telenor and Telefónica join forces on operator billing platform

Telefónica and Telnor team up in the mobile payments space

Two global operator groups have joined forces in a bid to create a shared network API platform, offering operator partners and developers an opportunity to build and market apps to 460 million customers.

VP technology and innovation, ooVoo: “Social video lets consumers share what they are doing”

Chang Feng, VP technology and innovation, of ooVoo

Chang Feng, VP technology and innovation, of ooVoo, the video chat and messaging service, is delivering a conference keynote on Day Three of the Broadband World Forum 2012, taking place on the 16 – 18 October 2012 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Ahead of the conference we talk to him about how ooVoo fits in with current trends and what are its major challenges and opportunities it faces.

BlackBerry app downloads hit three billion mark

BlackBerry downloads hit three billion

Canadian vendor RIM said it has now seen three billion apps downloaded for BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook tablet from its App World store, since it was launched in March 2009.

WAC closer to commercialisation

Is the operator-led app store initiative too late to the party?

On its first anniversary, the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), the alliance designed to build an open platform for delivering applications to all mobile phone users, finally announced its commercial launch. But is the operator-led app store initiative too late to the party?

European committee chases cross platform dream

Webinos (Secure WebOS Application Environment) is spearheaded by the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS group and intends to deliver a platform for web applications across mobile, PC, home media (TV) and in-car devices

Another day in the telecoms industry, another attempt to scale the unscalable mountain of cross platform services, and another committee formed.

Alcatel-Lucent picks up OpenPlug

Alcatel-Lucent will get its hands on OpenPlug’s ELIPS Studio - an open software development environment

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday announced the acquisition of mobile application tools developer OpenPlug, giving it a strong presence in the developer space.

RIM gets Cellmania

Cellmania's expertise could be used to help boost RIM’s presence in the app store space

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has acquired mobile software firm Cellmania, which builds app store infrastructure and developer tools for app distribution.

Virgin launches mobile apps and music stores

Virgin Mobile India will make the app store available via its WAP portal, Vbytes

Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile has teamed up with independent app store GetJar to push mobile games and applications to its youth focused customer base.

WAC and JIL went up the hill…


Popular nursery rhymes often have quite gruesome origins and typically tell the tale of some unfortunate character or event from history. Not that there’s anything gruesome about the origin of the Wholesale Applications Community, otherwise known as the WAC, of course. But the Informer fears the initiative might come to an unfortunate end after this week’s developments.

App store market opportunity overhyped

Mobile players should be looking at sources of inspiration other than Apple for app stores

Despite all the hype around mobile apps, only a minority of consumers download them on a monthly basis. Research released this week based on a survey of more than 25,000 European adults shows that only 4 per cent of all mobile users and 15 per cent of smartphone users download apps at least once per month.

Just say “No” to Google’s AdMob acquisition

Appitalism CEO Simon Buckingham says, "Just say "No" to Google's AdMob acquisition"

When it comes to the search advertising market, tangling with Google makes David vs. Goliath look like an even fight. Already in possession of the lion’s share of the desktop advertising market, Google is now poised to expand its significant advertising influence in the mobile realm with its proposed acquisition of AdMob.

Motorola taps Microsoft for Android apps

Motorola taps Microsoft for Android apps

All’s fair in love and war, and Motorola may owe its recent upswing to the Google-backed Android platform, but this week the resurgent handset vendor hopped into bed with Microsoft, to deploy Bing on Android devices.