RIM has used its BlackBerry Devcon Asia event to further seed developer interest in its PlayBook tablet with the launch of the beta version of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, as well as announcing new developer services tools for BlackBerry smartphones.
US mobile developer Applico created a “Connected Services Division” specialising in the development of apps for “devices beyond smartphones such as tablets, Internet-connected televisions, cars and other electronic devices.”
Next Issue Media, the digital publishing joint venture of Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp and Time, is reported to be set to launch its own store to distribute products for Android devices, in order to take control of their distribution of content to users.
Gaming network itsmy said that 45 percent of gamers in the US and Europe use two different devices for playing the same mobile web games, with 10 percent using four or more terminals, across categories including mobile phones, PC, gaming console, tablets and televisions.
Bharti Airtel is the biggest mobile operator in India, serving more than 150 million subscribers in the competitive, and price-sensitive, market. Its app store has picked-up significant momentum; before the end of last year it had already passed the 30 million download mark, with more than 200,000 downloads taking place per day.
Amazon’s anticipated Android application store will become more popular than Google’s Android Market, according to Wireless Intelligence analyst Will Croft (pictured). He claims the new entrant will benefit from the company’s “vast experience in selling digital goods, its more robust worldwide commerce agreements and optional-DRM requirements (satisfying open source developers).”