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RingJam hits the App Store

Emotive (formerly Zad Mobile) has launched a free RingJam app for Apple’s App Store

Angry Birds hits 30M downloads

Rovio's Angry Birds has now seen more than 30 million downloads across the iOS and Android platforms

Twitter and Kindle to launch WP7 apps

Twitter and Amazon’s Kindle are the latest big names to get behind Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform

Microsoft details WP7 development at PDC 2010

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.”

Securing mobile banking apps

Developers face a number of challenges when working with financial institutions on mobile banking apps

BlackBerry Partners to raise US150M fund for BRIC markets

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

Sprint courts developers with new tools and services

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.

China Unicom to join app store fight

The country’s second-largest mobile operator plans to commercially launch its application store next month.

Verizon Wireless opens developer contest

US operator Verizon Wireless is looking to whip up market interest with a best-app competition for Android and RIM developers.

Caring and sharing, by all means but not with networks

Is the current trend for network sharing limiting operator differentiation?

Apple ups its game in Chinese app store fight

The US company has released a local-language version of its App Store, another sign of how the Chinese apps market has become increasingly competitive

BlackBerry App World goes online

RIM has launched an online version of its BlackBerry App World storefront that allows users to browse and buy apps on a desktop PC before downloading and synching with a device.

Android Market hits 100K apps

Google's Android Market has hit the 100,000 application milestone, little over a month after surpassing 80,000

HandyGames touts 1M downloads in 1 month from Ovi Store

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.

Nielsen backtracks on iPad app stats

Research firm Nielsen backtracked on a previous assertion that almost one-third of Apple iPad users had never downloaded an app, changing the figure to 9 percent – without stating the reason for the massive discrepancy.

Adobe updates Air, debuts wholesale app strategy

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.

Is it the end of the road for the Symbian Foundation?

Taking the struggling Symbian platform in-house could be a no-brainer for Nokia

VimpelCom-Orascom: a fragile alliance?

The merger between VimpelCom and Weather Investments will create the world’s fifth-largest operator group. But the alliance has work to do if it wants to become a major player on the world stage.

EXCLUSIVE: Android users lead way for third-party app use, says Zokem

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.

Industry to recognise leading mobile apps in Asia; App Planet makes Asian debut

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.