App discovery company Chomp announced availability of a cross-store app search tool via Verizon Wireless’ V CAST Apps store, enabling customers to search across V CAST Apps and Android Market.
Microsoft is making available developer tools for the next generation of its Windows Phone platform, codenamed 'Mango.' Many of the features highlighted by the company in a press event this week have already been previewed, with Microsoft touting what it claims is “a smarter approach to apps.”
Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, used his keynote at the MeeGo Conference to highlight the benefits of open platforms, when compared to more tightly-governed platforms such as Windows Phone, iOS and BlackBerry.
Research firm Heavy Reading said that “the window of opportunity is closing quickly, and telcos must make meaningful progress in the next 12 months to prove that they belong in the digital app business and that they can compete with over-the-top app providers such as Apple and Google.”
Verizon Wireless and Medco Health Solutions announced a mobile application which can “instantly guide patients and their doctors to the lowest-cost prescription drug to meet their health needs and help them identify potentially harmful drug interactions.”
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) highlighted privacy issues around some mobile apps in a testimony delivered to Congress this week, noting that there was an urgent need to protect vulnerable young people which may be unwittingly disclosing private information.
Apple’s iOS platform accounts for half of mobile apps revenue on Millennial Media’s mobile advertising platform, the firm said in its latest ‘Mobile Mix’ report for April.
Research firm Gartner highlighted the importance of apps as a tool to increase smartphone customer loyalty, as part of its analysis of the device market in the first quarter of 2011. “Every time a user downloads a native app to their smartphone or puts their data into a platform's cloud service, they are committing to a particular ecosystem and reducing the chances of switching to a new platform," noted the firm.