Owners of Android devices spend an average of 42 minutes per day with “add on applications” such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype, more than 60 percent more than BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or Symbian users, according to a study published by analytics company Zokem. This includes apps embedded into handsets by vendors when they ship in order to complement core features such as voice, SMS and personal information management, as well as apps downloaded from stores.
Mobile apps are set to be a key focus at next month’s GSMA Mobile Asia Congress, culminating in a series of awards recognising the best mobile apps in the region.
Developers of applications which make use of a smartphone’s integrated video camera are being hampered in their attempts to develop products for Microsoft’s fledgling Windows Phone 7 platform due to the lack of suitable APIs, according to Fortune.
Nokia says that it is now recording more than 2.7 million downloads per day from its Ovi Store, up from the 1.7 million level reported in July 2010.
Metrics company Nielsen says that almost two thirds of iPad owners have paid for content for their device, with customers also spending more time with apps than users of other platforms.
Technology companies will be ramping up recruitment of app developers in the next twelve months but face a “scarce” supply of quality designers