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RIM courts Web developers with BlackBerry WebWorks

Research In Motion used BlackBerry DevCon 2010 to woo the Web application development community, announcing BlackBerry WebWorks, which it says “enables web developers to build full-featured applications for BlackBerry smartphones entirely in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript.”

RIM announces revamped developer tools, payment options at 2010 DevCon

Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO of Research In Motion, used his keynote address at the 2010 BlackBerry Developer Conference to trumpet momentum for the platform, before introducing a number of new tools and services, telling the audience: “we continue to invest in additional services, to help you monetise and build your business.”

Report: Apple allowing Google Voice apps

The long-running saga over the Google Voice iPhone app looks set to be nearing an end, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that Apple has finally agreed to accept the VoIP app on the App Store.

Can RIM keep pace with Apple and Google?

The Canadian company clearly aspires to be a tier one mobile software and services player rubbing shoulders with Google and Apple

EU backs universal apps project

A new European research project aimed at developing technology that will allow applications to be ported across multiple platforms has received EUR10 million in EU funding, according to reports today. The initiative, known as Webinos, has the support of several high-profile industry names.

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Open-First: Android Market trails Apple in developer satisfaction

Google’s Android platform may be growing at breakneck speed, but developers for Android Market still have gripes that need fixing

The future of mobile apps is in the cloud

While native mobile apps have certainly helped to stimulate the market, Web-based mobile applications are the smart way forward

Why we don’t need a Facebook OS

A Facebook operating system would unnecessarily add yet more complexity to the overly-fragmented smartphone market

Business apps next source of innovation; Android best long-term bet

A September 2010 developer survey from IDC, sponsored by Appcelerator, asserts that “the next big wave of innovation may come from business application developers tapping into vast stores of data in the cloud and bringing this data to bear on highly local experiences.”

Vodafone names Cardmobili as Mobile Clicks winner

Vodafone Group named Cardmobili as winner of its Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2010 developer competition.

BlackBerry Partners Fund: looking for the next big opportunity

Mobile Apps Briefing talks with the Fund's co-managing partner to discover what type of companies stand the best chance of investment. “You can't build a venture-backed company if your model is selling US$0.99 apps on the App Store," warns the investment expert. 

Developer survey hints at Android and Web-based apps dominance

Google’s Android is set to overtake Apple’s iOS as the platform app developers believe offers the most “business potential” within three years, according to a new survey by research2guidance

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.