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Brussels drops iPhone probe

The Financial Times reports that Europe’s top competition watchdog has dropped its early-stage probe into policies surrounding Apple’s highly-popular iPhone, after concessions by the US technology group.

Android Market expands paid apps support

Google is set to rollout paid apps support for Android Market in “additional countries over the next few weeks.”

GetJar admits fragmentation is a given as ecosystem expands

Fragmentation of mobile platforms is a significant obstacle for developers looking to gain traction in the mobile app market, Ilja Laurs, founder and CEO of app store GetJar, told Mobile Apps Briefing ahead of a forthcoming exclusive Focus article.

RIM claims 50% LA operator success with App World 2.0

Research In Motion (RIM) appears to be seeing great success in Latin America for its latest App World market store, with approximately half of the region’s mobile operators agreeing to preload the store on the screens of BlackBerry smartphones they sell.

Nokia targets US with US10M developer competition; AT&T partners

Nokia and AT&T announced the 2010 Calling All Innovators – North America developer contest, offering a US$10 million prize fund to be shared between successful applicants

Shazam inks pre-load agreement with LG

Music discovery app company Shazam announced its app is being preloaded onto handsets from vendor LG Electronics, with the worldwide rollout starting in Europe with the vendor’s Optimus GT540 smartphone.

Can a change at the top trigger a smartphone revival?

Both Nokia and LG have replaced their CEOs in a bid to make up lost ground in smartphones. But will a new face make the difference?

China beats Western Europe in apps demand

China is a huge growth driver of mobile app and game downloads, with over half of the country’s mobile user base engaged in such activity, according to new research from Canalys.

Verizon reiterates support for developers after bumpy start

Verizon Wireless used its Verizon Developer Community Conference this week to restate its support for the app developer community, having been criticised by some observers for suffering from a telcoesque slowness in progress.

Maxis launches app store

Malaysian operator Maxis has launched an app store, Maxis 1Store, offering over 1,200 apps

Flash outperforms HTML5 in developer test

An app developer sparked some debate with a blog post titled ‘Flash outperforms HTML5 on mobile devices,” which notes that an Android-powered Nexus One could achieve a 57 frames per second rate when rendering a simple animation using Flash, compared with 40 frames per second using HTML5.

Samsungs apps store clocks 10M downloads in Europe

Samsung has talked up European success for its application store, claiming the service has passed the 10 million download mark in the continent.

Can Airtel become Africa’s most loved brand?

Replicating its Indian ‘minute factory’ will be key to success

Gameloft trumpets 20M paid App Store downloads

Games developer Gameloft says it has sold more than 20 million paid-for games from Apple’s App Store since it opened in July 2008.

BlackBerry App World downloads top Nokias Ovi Store tally

Research In Motion (RIM) has said that BlackBerry App World users are downloading more than 1.5 million apps per day on average, indicating that the store is out-performing Nokia’s Ovi Store – despite there being a significantly smaller installed base of BlackBerry devices than Nokia terminals, and with RIM being a relatively late entry into the app store game.

Report – Apps are taking over Web browsing

Native data applications – incorporating social networking, multimedia and map services – are fast becoming the most popular way to access online information on a mobile device, at the expense of mobile Web browsers.

Qualcomm to launch device for developers in Q4

Qualcomm is to launch a device next quarter aimed at enabling developers to maximise the performance of their applications running over Snapdragon chipsets.

Europe’s mobile operators are retailers, not software developers

By mixing their online and offline assets in a smart way, operators could offer the mass-market a more compelling app retailing experience than most of the web players

Apple strikes back against app name squatters

Apple has moved to address the seemingly growing problem of App Store ‘name squatting’ - the process of registering a name for an app with no intention of uploading the actual app binary code.

Microsoft finalises WP7 app tools and regulations

Microsoft released the final version of its Windows Phone Developer Tools late last week, paving the way for developers to submit the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) apps at the beginning of October.