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Complex payments holding back apps, says MACH

Non user-friendly payment processes are holding back the effective monetisation of mobile apps, according to a survey from infrastructure survey company MACH, undertaken at last month’s App World 2010 event.

Report: RIM in talks over Gist buy

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.

Latest Google Maps for Android offers 3D and more offline reliability

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.

The three pillars of banking apps

The key considerations for developers looking to appeal to the financial sector.

Is bada the surprise hit of the year?

Samsung’s in-house mobile OS is doing better than expected

eBay strengthens mobile apps play with Critical Path buy

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.

Nokia opens Notifications API to developers

Nokia has announced the beta release of its Notifications API, which is available as a plug-in for the Qt SDK.

Appiction offers partnership for app development

US apps studio Appiction has announced a partnership programme whereby it offers to share the cost of developing mobile applications in return for a cut in the app’s future revenue.

Apologies from Gameloft after app store billing errors

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 predicts US100M app revenue for 2011; consolidation on the cards

GetJar’s CEO Ilja Laurs says application developers will see a significant increase in their revenues in 2011.

The challenges of mobilising enterprise apps

Tony Kueh, Senior Director of Product Management at Sybase, talks to Mobile Apps Briefing about the challenges of deploying mobile applications in the enterprise.

Paramount to offer WP7 movie apps

Microsoft said that entertainment company Paramount is to release “ten enhanced movie apps of Paramount Pictures’ films exclusively for Windows Phone 7.”

Visa updates iPhone app

Credit card company Visa announced its Visa Mobile application for the iPhone, which it says offers customers “more than 50 unique merchant offers ranging from clothing and dining to entertainment.”

The tablet market: a marathon, not a sprint

But where will long-term growth come from?

Android apps dominate Millennial network

Google's platform grabs 54 percent of apps on the mobile ad vendor's network. Meanwhile Gaming tops the app category list and Automotive makes a Top Ten entrance.

IDC: Global apps revenue to increase more than 60% through 2014

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 develops peer-to-peer apps sharing technology

Apple has applied for a new patent that will facilitate advanced peer-to peer sharing of apps between iOS devices.

Google updates Android Market

Google announced “a significant update” to the Android Market, including changes for developers and a new handset client which will roll out to all devices running Android 1.6 or higher over the next few weeks.

Navteq linked to Trapster deal

Reports suggest Nokia’s digital mapping division Navteq has acquired Trapster, a crowdsourced traffic app

Rovio to enable carrier billing for Angry Birds

Rovio Mobile – developer of the hugely successful Angry Birds game – is to enable operator billing for the app via the launch of its own in-app payments system called Bad Piggy Bank