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Apple faces threat to App Store

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports that Apple is facing competition from software developers that plan to open up rival online stores that allow users to download unauthorised applications to their iPhones.

Greystripe raises US5.5M

mocoNews reports that San Francisco-based Greystripe, which helps to subsidise the cost of mobile games and mobile apps through advertising, has raised US$5.5 million in a third round of funding.

Skype for iPhone an instant hit, but operators wary

VoIP pioneer Skype has reported a phenomenal public response to the launch of its software for the iPhone on Tuesday, claiming that the software has been downloaded more than a million times in its first two days of availability.

AT&T unveils programme for apps developers

AT&T has launched the AT&T Apps Beta platform that will allow developers to test applications with AT&T customers and receive direct consumer feedback before making their applications broadly available, reports Telecompaper.

Skype for iPhone hits 2M downloads

Skype claims to have hit 2 million downloads of its 'Skype for iPhone' software since the mobile VoIP client debuted on Apple's App Store on 31 March.

Verizon plans app store for Hub Web phone

The Verizon Hub, a new kind of home phone with some Web add-ons like weather and traffic reports, will soon come with an applications market, following a trend among mobile phone makers such as Apple to open up to third-party apps, reports Reuters.

Huawei wins second LTE trial in Norway

Telenor has awarded a contract to Huawei to deploy LTE radio access and EPC (Evolved Packet Core) equipment for its LTE trial in Oslo.

Nokia opens up mapping as Ovi Store launch looms

Nokia yesterday enhanced its mobile maps offerings and claimed to be on track for the launch of its high-profile application and content store, Ovi, by the end of May.

Nokia rolls out high-profile Ovi Store

Nokia announced today that its much-anticipated online software and content store, Ovi Store, has launched on time and is now available across more than 50 Nokia devices.

Technical issues plague Ovi Store opening

Nokia's much-anticipated launch yesterday of its online software and content store, Ovi Store, has been overshadowed by technical problems.

Google hints at 20 Android phones by year-end

Google has forecast that there could be as many as 20 smartphones based on its Android operating system available on the market by year-end, reports the New York Times.

Pre gets positive reviews ahead of iPhone battle

Palm's launch tomorrow of its new high-profile Pre device has already been met with mostly positive reviews, amid speculation rival Apple is set to next week unveil new or cheaper versions of its iconic iPhone.

HP releases WebOS 2.0 developer preview

HP made available a “developer beta” release of the WebOS 2.0 platform, an update to the device operating system it gained through its acquisition of Palm earlier in 2010.

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.