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Google hints at 20 Android phones by year-end

Google has forecast that there could be as many as 20 smartphones based on its Android operating system available on the market by year-end, reports the New York Times.

Pre gets positive reviews ahead of iPhone battle

Palm’s launch tomorrow of its new high-profile Pre device has already been met with mostly positive reviews, amid speculation rival Apple is set to next week unveil new or cheaper versions of its iconic iPhone.

HP releases WebOS 2.0 developer preview

HP made available a “developer beta” release of the WebOS 2.0 platform, an update to the device operating system it gained through its acquisition of Palm earlier in 2010.

GetJar to power Virgin Mobile’s French app store

Independent app store GetJar says that it has been chosen by MVNO Virgin Mobile France to provide its entire catalogue of free mobile applications for its mobile app store to be launched later this week, according to Cellular News.

Grameen Foundation, Google create mobile apps for Africa

Real-time information about farming, health and trading will be available to mobile users in Uganda with new technology services developed by the Grameen Foundation, Google and mobile operator MTN Uganda, notes the Seattle Times.

Report: Windows store to launch with 600 apps

Microsoft will offer around 600 certified applications when it opens its mobile app store later this year, according to a Washington Post report, despite the Windows Mobile platform having more than 20,000 applications developed for it overall.

Vendors target India with customised apps

Major handset vendors such as Nokia, Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) are planning to roll-out customised versions of their mobile application stores for the Indian market, reports India’s Economic Times.

Apple’s App Store downloads top 1.5B

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in the first year of launch of its App Store.

Verizon teams with Qualcomm on M2M

Verizon Wireless yesterday unveiled details of a joint-venture with Qualcomm focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services, a high-profile deal that follows recent similar moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile.

FCC investigates Apple’s rejection of Google Voice

The Federal Communications Commission, the US telecoms regulator, is seeking clarification as to why Apple has barred Google’s voice application from its App Store, reports Reuters.