Amazon's Appstore for Android is now open for business in close to 200 additional nations across the globe, an expansion timed to coincide with the worldwide rollout of the digital commerce giant's Android-powered Kindle Fire HD tablet.
Annual revenues generated from content delivered to mobile phones and tablets are on pace to surge roughly $25 billion over the next three years, reaching $65 billion worldwide by 2016, Juniper Research forecasts.
Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to China, becoming the first Western company to offer premium-priced Android applications to consumers in the world's largest smartphone market. Rival Google Play's Chinese efforts remain limited to free Android apps.
As the weather in North America finally starts to warm up, it becomes hard to imagine a lot of people looking for updates via REI's Snow and Ski Report. And yet the app--which allows consumers to set up a customized series of alerts about conditions where they want to hit the slopes--is the first one that Brent Hieggelke cites as an example of using push notifications properly.
It's hard enough for iOS developers to monetize their own mobile apps and games, but now they face the kind of competition some might never have expected: an app store in China that allows free downloads without a jailbreak.
Google has revised its Android developer terms and conditions to close a loophole that allowed Facebook to upgrade its social networking app without leveraging the Google Play storefront's update mechanisms.
Apple's App Store generated revenues 2.6x greater than the rival Google Play storefront during the first quarter of 2013, down from a multiple of 4x during the fourth quarter of 2012, analytics provider App Annie reports.
Amazon is extending its Appstore for Android to close to 200 new markets, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa and South Korea, dialing up the pressure on rival Google Play.
Google Play app deletions reached a record-high of 60,000 in February, indicating Google is escalating efforts to clean up the storefront in tandem with a redesigned shopping experience on Android devices.
Leave it to Walter Mossberg to explain what should be glaringly obvious to the entire world. In a recent Wall Street Journal column the gadget guru addressed a question that probably still comes off the lips of its executive readers who buy a Windows Phone 8 device and wonder why it doesn't have Siri.