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WP7 and Android Market top app store growth charts

Distimo noted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and Google’s Android Market were “clearly ahead of the other app stores in terms of growth rates” during January 2011, with growth of 30 percent and 18 percent respectively.

Developer interest in tablets on the up Appcelerator

Appcelerator and IDC released their first quarter 2011 developer survey, which indicates that the launch of new tablets at the CES 2011 show earlier this month means that “developers are pushing these devices to the top of their priority list.”

Developers and customers embracing in-app purchases

The higher volumes of downloads for free apps compared to their paid-for siblings is attracting developers to switch to monetisation methods other than paid purchases, according to Distimo.

Developer activity increasing beyond Apple ecosystem

App Store analytics firm Distimo published its analysis of market developments during 2010, noting that while Apple grew the most in terms of number of apps added, the runners-up showed more growth in percentage terms – indicating a growing interest in platforms other than iOS.

Android apps dominate Millennial network

Google’s platform grabs 54 percent of apps on the mobile ad vendor’s network. Meanwhile Gaming tops the app category list and Automotive makes a Top Ten entrance.

WP7 apps are cheapest of all stores

New analysis from Distimo claims apps in Windows Phone 7 Marketplace have an average price of just US$1.95

Developers expand horizons beyond Apple

More than half of app developers identify either Apple’s iPhone or iPad as their most favoured apps platform, according to a new survey by Millennial Media – but this looks set to change over the coming year.

Facebook integration is top developer priority; native apps to lead mobile Web

In the second of our two-part feature based on a developer survey by IDC and Appcelerator, we look at the features and technologies that are crucial to the developer roadmap.

iOS continues to dominate; the future is Android

In the first of a two part analysis feature, we look at developer opinions of platforms for existing and next-generation devices.

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Open-First: Android Market trails Apple in developer satisfaction

Google’s Android platform may be growing at breakneck speed, but developers for Android Market still have gripes that need fixing