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.
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.
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.
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?
Another day in the telecoms industry, another attempt to scale the unscalable mountain of cross platform services, and another committee formed.
Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday announced the acquisition of mobile application tools developer OpenPlug, giving it a strong presence in the developer space.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has acquired mobile software firm Cellmania, which builds app store infrastructure and developer tools for app distribution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.