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China Mobile dubs content store a strategic pivot

China Mobile today described its Mobile Market content store as a “strategic pivot” in its efforts to transform its business to address challenges from new entrants to the mobile sector, and to avoid ending up as a “dumb pipe” operator.

Network APIs could unlock revenue for developers

The benefits of creating apps which use APIs that enable tighter integration with the operator network were trumpeted at this week’s GSMA App Planet event, although it was also noted that the procedures for doing this are not simple, leading many developers to focus on other areas to provide more compelling products.

Reports: Microsoft offers US100K for apps

Reports this week suggest Microsoft is offering some developers up to US$100,000 for apps support on its new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform.

Operators talk app stores and quality control at App Planet

Operators are taking an open approach to app stores, with the intention to enable third-party stores as well as supporting industry alliances such as the Wholesale Applications Community, according to a panel session at today’s GSMA App Planet event.

Indonesia’s XL hails mobile VAS success

The key question of how to monetise apps dominated this morning’s second session at App Planet Forum, where speakers explained how the industry needed to look beyond smartphone apps to find the real revenue opportunity.

WAC grabs new device vendor backing, teams with OneAPI

LIVE FROM APP PLANET FORUM AT THE GSMA MOBILE ASIA CONGRESS 2010: WAC this morning announced the addition of handset vendors Sharp and Sony Ericsson to the initiative. WAC also said it will team with the GSMA’s OneAPI initiative, making OneAPI “the standard to be used by WAC operators for the exposure of network APIs.”

Microsoft opens Bing for Android app across US operators

Microsoft announced availability of its Bing search app for Android devices across US operators, following an initial period of exclusivity with Verizon Wireless.

Intel to launch Chinese app store next year

Intel is reported to be prepping the launch of its AppUp app store in China next year.

Lenovo invests US15M in apps

China’s largest PC vendor Lenovo has announced a CNY100 million (US$15.1 million) investment program to support developers of mobile Internet applications and services as the firm looks to expand its application download store

China Unicom debuts 3G app store; ZTE partners

China Unicom has launched its long anticipated app store, called WoStore, according to a statement from ZTE, the operator’s technology partner in the project. The vendor says that the store will support “all open smartphone platforms except for iPhone, as well as terminal devices such as tablet PCs and MIDs.”