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Amazon opens up Kindle to apps

Online retail giant Amazon is planning to open up its Kindle e-reader device for new types of content in an apparent move to stave off competition from Apple’s new tablet, reports Dow Jones Newswires.

Google releases new Google Voice for iPhone

Reuters reports that Google yesterday unveiled a new version of its Internet phone service in its latest effort to bypass Apple’s gatekeepers and make Google Voice a popular service on the iPhone.

Vodafone hits apps milestone

Vodafone announced yesterday that 7,000 apps are now available for download from the Vodafone 360 Apps Shop since the store launched in October 2009 across eight of its European markets.

Nokias free maps service attracts almost 1.5M downloads

Nokia claims that its decision last month to make its Ovi Maps navigation service available for free has seen the service attract over 1.4 million downloads to date.

SPIL targets mobile gamers with HTML5

Internet games company SPIL Games announced its move into the mobile market with HTML5-based versions of a number of its titles, also launching a US$50,000 developer competition for new products using the technology.

ST-Ericsson aims for sub EUR100 smartphones

Mobile chipmaker ST-Ericsson has launched silicon that it claims could enable device manufacturers to produce smartphones with a wholesale price of less than EUR100.

Samsung opens up TV apps platform

South Korean vendor Samsung was in Silicon Valley this week to promote its fledgling apps proposition for Internet-connected TVs to prospective developers. The vendor is pushing its new app platform – known as Samsung Apps – for its new range of connected TVs and Blu-ray players as part of a wider strategy to offer apps that work across multiple device types.

Ericsson unveils app store; coy on 2010 prospects

The world’s largest mobile infrastructure supplier, Sweden’s Ericsson, has launched a white label app store as a service to mobile operators. The company claims it is already in discussions with a number of operators regarding them using the new service, known as ‘eStore.’

Mobile operators unite on global apps platform

The world’s largest mobile operators have joined forces to launch an open international applications platform, marking the largest unified move to date by the operator community into the mobile apps space. The so-called ‘Wholesale Applications Community’ will combine 24 of the world’s largest mobile carriers.

GSMA CEO heralds ad-funded apps opportunity

GSMA CEO Rob Conway opened the conference programme at Congress this morning proclaiming that 2010 would be the “year of the developer.”