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HP to use webOS for wireless printers

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has outlined plans to use its recently-acquired webOS platform to power a whole range of devices beyond smartphones, including printers.

Apple drives 6B app download market this year

Just under 6 billion mobile applications will be downloaded in 2010, up from 2.4 billion last year, according to the latest ABI Research report, fuelled primarily by the dominance of Apple’s App Store.

Microsoft aims to link app consumers and developers

Microsoft has launched a new website called ‘Mobile App Match’ intended to promote discussion between application developers and consumers, “to start conversations, exchange ideas and see what develops.”

UK consumers wasting 750m on unused apps survey

A UK consumer survey suggested that UK customers will “waste” almost £750m during 2010 on paid-for mobile applications which are not subsequently used.

Report: PayPal and Google in Android talks

PayPal is reported to be in talks with Google to embed its payments platform in the Android operating system. Bloomberg first broke the news late Friday, although neither party has commented on the unconfirmed talks. It is believed that users of Android phones such as Motorola’s Droid X and HTC’s Droid Incredible may be able to pay for apps with PayPal as soon as this year.

Apples iAd service receives mixed early response

Apple’s iAd mobile advertising platform has received mixed reviews since launch at the beginning of last month

H1 2010 smartphone app market outperforms FY2009

research2guidance claims the worldwide smartphone application market during the first half of 2010 was bigger than the market for the whole of 2009, with the number of applications downloaded showing a similar trend.

Operators look to apps to prevent dumb-pipe syndrome

A majority of executives from  operators surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit say that they will be “better positioned to compete by opening their platforms to independent application developers”

US vendor launches customisable app store platform

A US firm has sought to capitalise on the growing popularity of application stores by launching a solution that will allow operators and handset manufacturers to launch stores based on a customisable platform.

Sony Ericsson updates WebSDK Packager tool

Sony Ericsson announced a new release of its WebSKD Packager tool, which it said can be used for the development of web applications for Android and Symbian OS devices.