Japanese mobile market leader NTT Docomo is reportedly planning to launch an Apple-style App Store for its i-mode customers in an effort to defend its position against SoftBank, Japan’s exclusive iPhone operator.
Microsoft is reportedly paying developers to produce applications for its forthcoming Windows Phone 7 system as the software giant attempts to launch the new platform with a competitive array of apps.
A new report has found that Nokia faces “significant challenges” in ensuring its Ovi Store becomes a success, with up to 20 percent of existing app developers unwilling to commit to using the store again in the future.
Microsoft has received a mixed response from critics for its new Windows Phone 7 platform after giving reviewers a preview of the firm’s long-awaited new mobile operating system, notes the Wall Street Journal.
The Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) – an operator-led group aiming to provide an open international applications platform that could take on the might of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market – this morning announced its official company formation, business model and plans for the next few months, as well as its biggest development to date; the planned integration of the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) into the initiative.