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BT launches Wi-Fi access mobile app

UK fixed-line incumbent BT has launched a new mobile app that will allow its broadband customers to automatically connect their smartphones to the firm’s nationwide Wi-Fi network. The ‘BT FON’ app is available to customers that own an iPhone or Android phone and is downloadable free of charge via the respective app stores, Apple’s App Store or Google’s Android Market.

Leading communications executives to headline GSMA Mobile Asia Congress 2010

GSMA Targets Apple iOS Developers with New Macworld Mobile Developer Conference

appbackr: Finding funding for developers

Our latest 'Focus' article profiles appbackr, a company claiming to be "the first and only digital wholesale marketplace for the iPhone and iPad application market."

Twitter trumpets success of own brand apps

Microblogging site Twitter says that mobile use of its services “jumped 62 percent since mid-April," with 46 percent of active users regularly accessing via mobile, driven by the availability of official Twitter apps for platforms including Android, BlackBerry and iOS. In total, Twitter now has more than 145 million registered users.

GSMA reveals new developments for Mobile World Congress 2011

Mobile World Congress to Host Macworld Mobile to Address Apple iOS Developer Community

What is the point of bada?

The strategy behind Samsung’s home-grown smartphone platform looks less compelling with Android in the mix

Developers embracing Android, but significant hurdles remain

Bloomberg reports that app developers are beginning to embrace Android despite the limited potential for short-term revenue growth, in order to be well positioned as the platform gains traction in the coming months.

Gaming giants dominate cross-platform mobile apps

US video game manufacturers Gameloft and Electronic Arts are the leading producers of multi-platform mobile apps, according to the latest figures from Distimo.

The iPad is not simply a larger iPhone

Blowing up iPhone apps to fill the iPad screen not only looks weird, but organisations are failing to capitalise on the rich user experience the iPad delivers. And now is the perfect time to be developing iPad apps.

Baidu integrates apps and search

Baidu, China’s largest Internet search provider, launched a searchable applications library which allows third-party apps to be launched directly within its website, for example when a customer searches for a specific product or application category.

Report: RIM acquires Microsoft Office app developer DataViz

Research In Motion (RIM) is rumoured to have acquired DataViz for US$50 million, developers of a document viewing application that has been preloaded on BlackBerrys for the last few years.

Wikipedia founder: Apps can save digital content biz models

Jimmy Wales – founder of Wikipedia, one of the most popular websites in the world – believes mobile apps may finally give news providers a successful way of charging for digital content.

GetJar claims 90% conversion rate for NetQin

GetJar said that mobile security software company NetQin Mobile had achieved a “90 percent conversion rate” using its pay-per-download services.

Apple touts App Store success but shies away from TV apps

Apple used its media event in San Francisco today to provide official updates on its app store offering, whilst the vendor also upgraded its TV service but appeared reluctant to join industry momentum uniting such services with apps. In just over two years since launch, Apple’s App Store has created a new business model for the mobile industry and now boasts 250,000 apps on offer and more than 6.5 billion downloads (that’s 200 apps every second)...

Shazam forges closer ties with Apples App Store

Mobile music discovery provider Shazam has strengthened ties with Apple’s App Store by updating its services for iPhone and iPod touch owners.

Skyfire trumpets iPhone browser with Flash content support

Mobile browser company Skyfire has submitted a mobile browser to Apple’s App Store which it says is “capable of playing Flash video while adhering to all Apple’s guidelines regarding HTML5 open-video standards on Apple devices”.

Trefis: Motally deal could boost Nokia stock by 5%

Stock analysis startup Trefis believes Nokia’s acquisition of mobile Web analytic service Motally could improve the Finnish vendor’s Ovi store and app offering, in turn boosting its stock price and halting the firm’s overall decline.

Growing pains in the mobile app industry

Launch of Microsoft’s Bing search app for Android is indicative of changing industry pressures.

Will the new iPod Touch curb smartphone demand?

Ops must ensure networks are good enough to convince people that compromising on mobile connectivity is a false economy

Nokia completes Motally deal

Nokia has completed the acquisition of Motally, initially announced on August 20, 2010