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China Unicoms app store to go live by year-end

China Unicom – the world’s second-largest mobile operator – plans to commercially launch its application store in the second half of this year. In a statement released today outlining its first half 2010 performance, the company noted that by the end of the year it will “launch new services such as application store and e-reading to further enrich the 3G service applications.”

How big is the mobile app economy?

Despite bullish growth forecasts, the economics of the mobile apps market will remain pretty precarious for developers without corporate sponsors

Wholesale Applications Community Accelerates Delivery of Open Applications Platform

WAC announces company formation, leadership, board and business models; Agrees to join forces with Joint Innovation Lab (JIL)

 

Nokia updates Forum Nokia developer services

Nokia has unveiled what it described as a “bevy” of new measures intended to make it “easier and less expensive” for developers to test and market new applications for the Symbian OS platform.

Retailers look to exploit mobile app opportunities

Retail chains in the US and the UK have launched mobile apps for consumers, which in both cases look to reward loyalty with discounted products and offers.

Google to launch Chrome App Store

PCMag.com reports that Google plans to launch its Chrome App Store in October.

Report: PocketGear lands US15M funding

TechCrunch reports that mobile apps store PocketGear has secured US$15 million in ‘series B’ funding.

Mobile ad company Inneractive secures US2.3M funding

Inneractive, a mobile advertising company focused on linking advertisements with mobile apps, secured US$2.3 million in second-round financing, according to Israeli business publication Globes.

Microsoft updates Windows Phone 7 developer roadmap

Microsoft issued an update for developers on its planned Windows Phone 7 launch timings, stating that it will make the final Windows Phone Developer Tools available on 16 September 2010.

Motorola buys 280 North to bolster apps proposition

Motorola has acquired 280 North, a web application framework developer, in order to strengthen its application development proposition, and to develop its Android ecosystem with “innovative Web-based technologies and applications.”