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Apple drives 6B app download market this year

Just under 6 billion mobile applications will be downloaded in 2010, up from 2.4 billion last year, according to the latest ABI Research report, fuelled primarily by the dominance of Apple’s App Store.

Microsoft aims to link app consumers and developers

Microsoft has launched a new website called 'Mobile App Match' intended to promote discussion between application developers and consumers, "to start conversations, exchange ideas and see what develops."

UK consumers wasting 750m on unused apps survey

A UK consumer survey suggested that UK customers will “waste” almost £750m during 2010 on paid-for mobile applications which are not subsequently used.

Report: PayPal and Google in Android talks

PayPal is reported to be in talks with Google to embed its payments platform in the Android operating system. Bloomberg first broke the news late Friday, although neither party has commented on the unconfirmed talks. It is believed that users of Android phones such as Motorola’s Droid X and HTC’s Droid Incredible may be able to pay for apps with PayPal as soon as this year.

Apples iAd service receives mixed early response

Apple’s iAd mobile advertising platform has received mixed reviews since launch at the beginning of last month

H1 2010 smartphone app market outperforms FY2009

research2guidance claims the worldwide smartphone application market during the first half of 2010 was bigger than the market for the whole of 2009, with the number of applications downloaded showing a similar trend.

Operators look to apps to prevent dumb-pipe syndrome

A majority of executives from  operators surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit say that they will be “better positioned to compete by opening their platforms to independent application developers”

US vendor launches customisable app store platform

A US firm has sought to capitalise on the growing popularity of application stores by launching a solution that will allow operators and handset manufacturers to launch stores based on a customisable platform.

Sony Ericsson updates WebSDK Packager tool

Sony Ericsson announced a new release of its WebSKD Packager tool, which it said can be used for the development of web applications for Android and Symbian OS devices.

China Unicoms app store to go live by year-end

China Unicom – the world’s second-largest mobile operator – plans to commercially launch its application store in the second half of this year. In a statement released today outlining its first half 2010 performance, the company noted that by the end of the year it will “launch new services such as application store and e-reading to further enrich the 3G service applications.”

How big is the mobile app economy?

Despite bullish growth forecasts, the economics of the mobile apps market will remain pretty precarious for developers without corporate sponsors

Wholesale Applications Community Accelerates Delivery of Open Applications Platform

WAC announces company formation, leadership, board and business models; Agrees to join forces with Joint Innovation Lab (JIL)

 

Nokia updates Forum Nokia developer services

Nokia has unveiled what it described as a “bevy” of new measures intended to make it “easier and less expensive” for developers to test and market new applications for the Symbian OS platform.

Retailers look to exploit mobile app opportunities

Retail chains in the US and the UK have launched mobile apps for consumers, which in both cases look to reward loyalty with discounted products and offers.

Google to launch Chrome App Store

PCMag.com reports that Google plans to launch its Chrome App Store in October.

Report: PocketGear lands US15M funding

TechCrunch reports that mobile apps store PocketGear has secured US$15 million in 'series B' funding.

Mobile ad company Inneractive secures US2.3M funding

Inneractive, a mobile advertising company focused on linking advertisements with mobile apps, secured US$2.3 million in second-round financing, according to Israeli business publication Globes.

Microsoft updates Windows Phone 7 developer roadmap

Microsoft issued an update for developers on its planned Windows Phone 7 launch timings, stating that it will make the final Windows Phone Developer Tools available on 16 September 2010.

Motorola buys 280 North to bolster apps proposition

Motorola has acquired 280 North, a web application framework developer, in order to strengthen its application development proposition, and to develop its Android ecosystem with “innovative Web-based technologies and applications.”

For Symbian, developer dissatisfaction could prove costly

Nokia needs to prevent a damaging developer exodus