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EXCLUSIVE: Android users lead way for third-party app use, says Zokem

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.

Industry to recognise leading mobile apps in Asia; App Planet makes Asian debut

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.

Virgin Media app lands on N8

Nokia has reached agreement with Virgin Media so that the UK cable operator’s media player app comes preloaded on the Finnish vendor’s new N8 Symbian smartphone

Google launches YouTube app

Google has launched a YouTube application for the Android OS

Lack of video camera support bars high-profile apps from WP7

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.

Ovi Store app downloads nearing 2M per day; 70 developers pass million mark

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.

Skype pulls the plug on Nimbuzz

Skype has barred third-party mobile VoIP provider Nimbuzz from offering its services, in what Nimbuzz claims is part of a new company policy ahead of Skype’s planned IPO.

Nielsen: iPad owners exhibiting unique usage profiles

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.

Report: Tech companies face dearth of app developer talent

Technology companies will be ramping up recruitment of app developers in the next twelve months but face a “scarce” supply of quality designers

Samsung offers free apps to drive growth

Samsung is offering a selection of its apps for free for a limited period in an effort to drive consumer demand for its app store and attract software developers to its proprietary bada platform.