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Microsoft pays developers to help rebuild its app offering

Microsoft is reportedly paying developers to produce applications for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 system as the software giant attempts to launch the new platform with a competitive array of apps.

Shazam enhances Android app offering

Mobile music discovery provider Shazam has enhanced its app offering on the fast-growing Android Market, replicating its Apple App Store strategy.

Android Market hits milestone

Google’s Android Market application store has hit the one billion download milestone and is fast approaching 100,000 apps on offer, according to analytics provider Androlib.

Report: Nokia needs to improve app developer offering

A new report has found that Nokia faces “significant challenges” in ensuring its Ovi Store becomes a success, with up to 20 percent of existing app developers unwilling to commit to using the store again in the future.

Juniper: 25B mobile app store downloads by 2015

Juniper Research claims that mobile app store downloads will hit 25 billion by 2015, but new storefronts face an uphill task to compete with established leaders such as Apple’s App Store

Verizon expands app store

US operator Verizon Wireless has expanded its V Cast Apps storefront by offering it across a range of BlackBerry smartphones.

First look at Windows Phone 7 yields mixed reviews

Microsoft has received a mixed response from critics for its new Windows Phone 7 platform after giving reviewers a preview of the firm’s long-awaited new mobile operating system, notes the Wall Street Journal.

Nokia’s Ovi Store downloads top 1.7M per day

Nokia used its disappointing set of second-quarter results yesterday to proclaim that its Ovi Store is proving a success, attracting an average of more than 1.7 million downloads a day.

AOL launches apps in bid to regain relevancy

Internet content provider AOL is using the apps space to renew its focus on mobile, launching two new free apps on the Android platform.

Vodafone cans tailor-made LiMo phones

Vodafone has canned the development of a range of phones specifically tailored to support its Vodafone 360 social media and apps platform.