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Microsofts Kin is a US240M failure

Microsoft’s failed Kin phone project has cost the company around US$240 million, according to a note in its latest earnings report released yesterday.

Apple app patent filing sparks controversy

Apple sparked controversy after it filed for mobile application patent which included images that bore more than a passing resemblance to a commercial product already available in its App Store.

AT&T to push Android and Palm smartphones

Number two US operator AT&T has announced plans to follow its rivals by supporting Google’s Android platform and Palm’s webOS platform. AT&T plans to launch five Android devices during the first half of this year, including exclusive devices from HTC and Motorola. The most high-profile of the five is likely to be its decision to launch an exclusive Android device from Dell.

Vodafone opens up platform for third-party apps

Vodafone has opened up its billing platform for use by third-party developers in a bid to ramp up the number of applications available via its mobile Internet stores.

Report: Nokia’s Ovi Store to open with 20,000 apps

This month’s expected launch of Nokia’s Ovi Store will be the biggest application store debut to date, featuring a catalogue of 20,000 items, according to a Forbes report.

Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile apps market

Microsoft appears to be planning an applications ‘marketplace’ service for its Windows Mobile platform in an apparent attempt to compete with Apple’s ‘App Store’ and Google’s forthcoming ‘Android Market.’

Analyst: Symbian, Android to merge open platforms

The Symbian and Google-backed Android mobile operating systems (OS) could be merged within the next six months to create a single open-source platform, an industry analyst has predicted.

Operators tout mobile Web apps framework

A group of mobile operators have created a framework designed to enable secure mobile Internet applications.

Microsoft lists prohibited apps for new store

Microsoft has published a formal list of application types that will be banned from its forthcoming ‘Windows MarketPlace for Mobile’ application store.

Nokia demos Ovi apps, eyes more acquisitions

Nokia today demonstrated new applications from its mobile Internet portal ‘Ovi’ and told Reuters it plans to make further acquisitions as it pushes its Internet services strategy.