Sprint Nextel and social networking app Path have formed a partnership making it easier for Sprint users to find the app without having to search through the Google Play storefront. Users with Sprint's Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Torque devices will have the Discover-It widget preinstalled on their phone, and the widget will spotlight select apps that Sprint recommends, including Path.
Apple is expanding its App Store guidelines to restrict third-party iOS applications that allow users to recommend apps to their friends, PocketGamer reports.
Microsoft is partnering with app discovery service Quixey to create the new Switch to Windows Phone app, which helps Android users adjust to Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform.
No matter what happens with AppGratis and Apple's App Store, developer opinion online is decidedly mixed about the tactics being taken by both sides.
AppGratis has launched an online petition in an effort to persuade Apple to restore its iOS application discovery service to the App Store.
If Apple is unwilling to budge on its rule 2.25 ("Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected") then will app discovery services be pushed to mobile websites only? And more importantly, is it possible to garner that much influence over iOS users without going through an Apple-approved app?
AppGratis issued a long emotional response to Apple's rejection of its app discovery service, arguing that Apple's action happened without much warning and has left the company searching for answers and a solution.
Although Apple has removed app recommendation service AppGratis from its App Store, several other similar app discovery services remain untouched.
Verizon and PlayPhone unveiled Game Portal, a new social gaming platform that will be preloaded onto all new Verizon Android smartphones starting in the second quarter.
Sprint Nextel and app search engine Quixey have partnered to integrate Quixey technology into the carrier's Sprint Zone and the Sprint Digital Lounge in an effort to encourage app discovery.