Microsoft used its Professional Developers Conference 2010 this week to promote the cross-platform opportunity it offers developers, stating that “many of the same skills, languages and tools used to develop cloud applications on [cloud platform] Windows Azure have come to Windows Phone for apps and games.”
Bloomberg reports that BlackBerry Partners Fund, a venture-capital firm backed by Research In Motion, plans to raise at least US$150 million to invest in mobile software developers in markets such as Brazil and India
US operator Sprint used its 2010 Developer Conference this week to announce a new mobile wallet service that is designed to ease content purchasing for both customers and developers, while also providing an update on its recently announced Sprint ID offering, and trumpeting the potential to integrate advanced communications services with apps.
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Mobile games developer HandyGames said that there had been more than 1 million downloads of its products from Nokia’s Ovi Store in “just one month,” with the company now targeting 5 million downloads by the end of 2010.
Adobe used its Adobe MAX event to update its Air cross-platform runtime environment, which is intended to enable developers to target televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems using the same apps. The company also announced InMarket, its attempt to smooth the app submission process for developers using its technology, although as-yet its reach in the mobile market is limited.
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Owners of Android devices spend an average of 42 minutes per day with “add on applications” such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Skype, more than 60 percent more than BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or Symbian users, according to a study published by analytics company Zokem. This includes apps embedded into handsets by vendors when they ship in order to complement core features such as voice, SMS and personal information management, as well as apps downloaded from stores.
Mobile apps are set to be a key focus at next month’s GSMA Mobile Asia Congress, culminating in a series of awards recognising the best mobile apps in the region.