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Nielsen: iPad owners exhibiting unique usage profiles

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.

Report: Tech companies face dearth of app developer talent

Technology companies will be ramping up recruitment of app developers in the next twelve months but face a “scarce” supply of quality designers

Samsung offers free apps to drive growth

Samsung is offering a selection of its apps for free for a limited period in an effort to drive consumer demand for its app store and attract software developers to its proprietary bada platform.

Nokia outlines Qt, HTML5 future for developers

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.”

WP7 to launch with only 1,000 apps

Microsoft said in its Windows Phone Blog that at the time of its US launch just 1,000 apps and games will be available for its Windows Phone 7 platform.

Apple touts new app milestone, unveils Mac App Store

Apple’s App Store has passed the seven billion downloads milestone, up from 6.5 billion at the start of September.

Apple hits out at app rivals

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…”

App initiative WAC touts initial spec and new members

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.

EA buys iPhone games distributor Chillingo

EA acquired Chillingo, a publisher of mobile games, in order to give it “increased market leadership on the Apple platform,” and “strengthen its position as the world’s leading wireless entertainment publisher.”

Operators, vendors set for unified Korean apps store

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.