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GetJar to power Virgin Mobile’s French app store

Independent app store GetJar says that it has been chosen by MVNO Virgin Mobile France to provide its entire catalogue of free mobile applications for its mobile app store to be launched later this week, according to Cellular News.

Grameen Foundation, Google create mobile apps for Africa

Real-time information about farming, health and trading will be available to mobile users in Uganda with new technology services developed by the Grameen Foundation, Google and mobile operator MTN Uganda, notes the Seattle Times.

Report: Windows store to launch with 600 apps

Microsoft will offer around 600 certified applications when it opens its mobile app store later this year, according to a Washington Post report, despite the Windows Mobile platform having more than 20,000 applications developed for it overall.

Vendors target India with customised apps

Major handset vendors such as Nokia, Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) are planning to roll-out customised versions of their mobile application stores for the Indian market, reports India's Economic Times.

Apple’s App Store downloads top 1.5B

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in the first year of launch of its App Store.

Verizon teams with Qualcomm on M2M

Verizon Wireless yesterday unveiled details of a joint-venture with Qualcomm focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services, a high-profile deal that follows recent similar moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile.

FCC investigates Apple’s rejection of Google Voice

The Federal Communications Commission, the US telecoms regulator, is seeking clarification as to why Apple has barred Google's voice application from its App Store, reports Reuters.

Palm preps commercial app store launch

Palm announced yesterday that software developers will be able to start charging for applications downloads to its high-profile Pre smartphone with the company's launch of an e-commerce beta programme set to start in mid-September.

Official Wikipedia app arrives on App Store

Wikipedia, the online collaborative encyclopedia, has launched its first official app for Apple's App Store, reports The Telegraph.

Microsoft unveils apps service for low-end phones

Microsoft has launched a new mobile software initiative aimed at delivering applications to low-end feature phones.

Samsung preps application store

InformationWeek notes that Samsung will launch its mobile application store on 14 September in order to keep up with the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, and Nokia.

Telefonica launches mobile apps store

Telefonica has become the latest major mobile operator to launch its own applications store. The store - known as 'mstore' - will launch initially in the operator's home market of Spain (via its 'Movistar' mobile brand) but plans to be eventually rolled-out across its entire global footprint, serving over 200 million subscribers.

Adobe speeds Flash to social networks and mobiles

Adobe Systems is rolling-out services to ease deployment of Flash-based games, media, and apps on various social networks and mobile devices, reports The Register.

Google pushes Gmail to iPhone and Windows Mobile

Google has expanded the over-the-air syncing capabilities in its Google Sync service to include Gmail for the iPhone and iPod Touch (version 3.0) and Windows Mobile phones, reports ZD Net.

Starbucks reveals iPhone apps

Coffee chain Starbucks has introduced two new applications for the iPhone and iPod touch that will allow users to order and pay for coffee beverages directly from the device, reports ZD Net.

Portugal’s TMN launches app store

Portuguese mobile operator TMN has launched its mobile applications online store, dubbed 'TMN App Store,' reports Telecompaper.

Nokia launches UK mobile apps contest

Nokia has kicked-off a contest for UK mobile application developers, offering a £20,000 prize and Ovi Store contract for the winner, reports Mobile Entertainment.

Apple’s App Store downloads top 2B

Apple has announced that more than 2 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store since launch last year. The largest applications store in the world now offers more than 85,000 apps.

AT&T acquires mobile apps developer

US operator AT&T has beefed-up its standing in the US mobile applications market by acquiring Plusmo, a privately-held mobile apps developer.

Microsoft launches two phase apps store rollout

Microsoft has confirmed that it will launch its new 'Windows Marketplace for Mobile' applications store next Tuesday (6 October), initially available only on smartphones running Microsoft's latest operating system, Windows Mobile 6.5.