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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.

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.