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Microsoft unveils apps service for low-end phones

Microsoft has launched a new mobile software initiative aimed at delivering applications to low-end feature phones.

Samsung preps application store

InformationWeek notes that Samsung will launch its mobile application store on 14 September in order to keep up with the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, and Nokia.

Telefonica launches mobile apps store

Telefonica has become the latest major mobile operator to launch its own applications store. The store – known as ‘mstore’ – will launch initially in the operator’s home market of Spain (via its ‘Movistar’ mobile brand) but plans to be eventually rolled-out across its entire global footprint, serving over 200 million subscribers.

Adobe speeds Flash to social networks and mobiles

Adobe Systems is rolling-out services to ease deployment of Flash-based games, media, and apps on various social networks and mobile devices, reports The Register.

Google pushes Gmail to iPhone and Windows Mobile

Google has expanded the over-the-air syncing capabilities in its Google Sync service to include Gmail for the iPhone and iPod Touch (version 3.0) and Windows Mobile phones, reports ZD Net.

Starbucks reveals iPhone apps

Coffee chain Starbucks has introduced two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to order and pay for coffee beverages directly from the device, reports ZD Net.

Portugal’s TMN launches app store

Portuguese mobile operator TMN has launched its mobile applications online store, dubbed ‘TMN App Store,’ reports Telecompaper.

Nokia launches UK mobile apps contest

Nokia has kicked-off a contest for UK mobile application developers, offering a £20,000 prize and Ovi Store contract for the winner, reports Mobile Entertainment.

Apple’s App Store downloads top 2B

Apple has announced that more than 2 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store since launch last year. The largest applications store in the world now offers more than 85,000 apps.

AT&T acquires mobile apps developer

US operator AT&T has beefed-up its standing in the US mobile applications market by acquiring Plusmo, a privately-held mobile apps developer.