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.
Technology companies will be ramping up recruitment of app developers in the next twelve months but face a “scarce” supply of quality designers
Nokia has announced a widespread re-fresh of its device platform activities, promising “greater clarification and simplicity in its developer offering [which] will empower the development community to create applications to reach users across both the Symbian and MeeGo platforms.”
Apple’s App Store has passed the seven billion downloads milestone, up from 6.5 billion at the start of September.
Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs has struck out at rival app store offerings from RIM, Google and Nokia while confirming its own service now boasts 300,000 apps. Taking aim at RIM, Jobs noted on the firm’s quarterly conference call this week that “they must move beyond their area of strength and comfort, into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company…”
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – an alliance aiming to enable developers to write applications that can be deployed across multiple platforms and operators, and address a potential global market of more than 3 billion users – this morning announced it has released version 1.0 of its spec for developers (a month ahead of schedule) and named a bevy of new supporters.
Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reports that “Korea’s smartphone application markets will be unified in a single website from May next year,” with the country’s three operators – KT, LG Uplus and SK Telecom – joining forces with LG Electronics and Samsung to set up a “steering committee” for the project.