GigaOM said that RIM is in talks to acquire Gist, a US start-up which has developed an app which creates profiles for entries in a user’s contact book by pulling information from social networks including Facebook and Twitter, blogs, news articles, and email messages across multiple inboxes.
Google announced Google Maps 5.0 for Android, the latest version of the company’s mapping app for Android handsets that has two significant new features that should interest developers.
Online auction site eBay acquired Critical Path Software, stating that its “proven mobile development capabilities will play an integral role in enabling eBay to accelerate improvements to the mobile experience for customers globally.” The companies have worked together for more than two years, to develop apps including ebay for iPhone, StubHub, eBay Classifieds, and Shopping.com.
Tier-one games publisher Gameloft issued an apology after it was revealed that customers buying apps from its web store were being incorrectly billed, with customers charged more than once for products downloaded.
GetJar’s CEO Ilja Laurs says application developers will see a significant increase in their revenues in 2011.
New research from IDC forecasts that the number of downloaded apps is expected to increase from 10.9 billion worldwide in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014, while market revenues will experience similar growth, surpassing US$35 billion in 2014
Apple has applied for a new patent that will facilitate advanced peer-to peer sharing of apps between iOS devices.