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Distimo: Android Market content could rival iPhone app store this year

EXCLUSIVE: Google’s Android Market is growing at such a fast rate that app analytics company Distimo claims it could boast as many apps as Apple’s App Store for iPhone by the end of this year.

Soundtracking app hits 100,000 mark in quick time

Soundtracking, an app that let’s mobile users share their thoughts about the music they are listening to, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times in the two weeks since it first launched in Apple’s App Store, says Steve Jang, co founder and chief executive of the app’s creator Schematic Labs.

App store trademark dispute escalates

Microsoft and Apple have both hired linguists to back their respective claims as the two companies battle over whether the government should grant a trademark for the term “app store”.

Barnes & Noble to support apps on Nook

A new version of the Nook - Barnes & Noble's e-reader device – is to run on the Android platform, paving the way for the US book giant to launch its own apps store.

Mozilla releases Android-based version of Firefox browser

Mozilla has launched a mobile version of its Firefox web browser that is designed for Android-based smartphones.

Less than 100 apps for Android tablets, say critics

Reports this week suggest that Google is struggling to stimulate developer support for Android Honeycomb (3.0), despite the fact that high-profile tablets based on the platform – notably Motorola’s new Xoom – are already shipping.

First Android titles to support in-app billing unveiled

Google has announced the first Android apps that will support in-app billing, a feature that went live on the platform this week.

US operator claims first with Amazon app store

US cellular operator Cellular South is set to launch the new HTC Merge, an Android smartphone which the operator describes as being “the first smartphone in the world to come preloaded with the new Amazon Appstore...”

Back to the future


The regulatory examination of the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger has echoes of 30 years ago

Voicing the differences


Does Sprint’s alliance with Google indicate a new attitude toward voice services?

MWC 2011: The battle for developers

After spending four days at this year’s show, here’s Distimo’s takeaways on likely app store developments for 2011.

Korean instant-messaging app proves its worth

A popular instant messaging (IM) app called Kakao Talk is being credited with keeping users in touch when Japan’s voice networks were struggling during the earthquake earlier this month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple sets WWDC dates; sparks iOS 5 speculation

Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place June 6-10 in San Francisco.

Amazon launches cloud music for Android devices

Amazon has launched a new service that enable users to remotely store and access their music from any Android handset or tablet, as well as from PC and Macs.

Telefonica partners with Microsoft to attract support for BlueVia

Telefonica has joined forces with Microsoft to release an SDK that will enable developers who create applications for the latter’s .NET platform to incorporate APIs from the operator’s new BlueVia platform.

When the window of opportunity shuts

Is there still a role for the LiMo Foundation in the fast-changing device industry?

In-app billing testing goes live on Android

Google is to introduce “end-to-end testing” of in-app billing on Android Market this week. Google says that developers are now able upload apps to the Developer Console, create a catalogue of in-app products, and set prices.

Building the brand

Mobile Apps Briefing talked to Tim Satchell, Commercial Director of Infomedia Services, about the company’s experience of the mobile app strategies of well-known brands.

RIM buys app developer start-up

RIM has acquired Ontario-based start-up tinyHippos, a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool, for an undisclosed sum.

Augmented reality firm raises US5.5 million

Total Immersion, a leading augmented reality technology firm, has secured US$5.5million in a funding round led by Intel Capital and joined by existing investors Partech, iSource and Elaia Partners.