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Vodafone cans tailor-made LiMo phones

Vodafone has canned the development of a range of phones specifically tailored to support its Vodafone 360 social media and apps platform.

Operator app initiative WAC joins forces with JIL

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.

Samsung reveals top 10 apps

South Korea’s Samsung has revealed the most popular downloads from its own application store, Samsung Apps.

Apple iPhone 4 hack released

iPhone 4 owners can now run non-Apple approved applications thanks to the release of Jailbreakme 2.0.

GetJar claims 3M daily downloads, names Facebook as most popular app

GetJar has strengthened its claim to be the world’s second-largest mobile app store with news that it is achieving up to three million downloads per day and has hit over one billion downloads to date.

SK Telecom and Google sign Android apps pact

SK Telecom (SKT) has announced an agreement with Google to “strengthen” the Android Market apps store in South Korea.

Telefonica to strengthen app developer programme

European and Latin American operator Telefonica is to ramp up its application developer programme on an international scale, according to a Light Reading report.

Facebook moves into LBS with Places launch

Facebook announced its first move into the location-based services space with the launch of Places, an application which enables users to share their location and who they are with in real time from mobile devices.

HP to use webOS for wireless printers

Hewlett-Packard (HP) has outlined plans to use its recently-acquired webOS platform to power a whole range of devices beyond smartphones, including printers.

Apple drives 6B app download market this year

Just under 6 billion mobile applications will be downloaded in 2010, up from 2.4 billion last year, according to the latest ABI Research report, fuelled primarily by the dominance of Apple’s App Store.

Microsoft aims to link app consumers and developers

Microsoft has launched a new website called 'Mobile App Match' intended to promote discussion between application developers and consumers, "to start conversations, exchange ideas and see what develops."

UK consumers wasting 750m on unused apps survey

A UK consumer survey suggested that UK customers will “waste” almost £750m during 2010 on paid-for mobile applications which are not subsequently used.

Report: PayPal and Google in Android talks

PayPal is reported to be in talks with Google to embed its payments platform in the Android operating system. Bloomberg first broke the news late Friday, although neither party has commented on the unconfirmed talks. It is believed that users of Android phones such as Motorola’s Droid X and HTC’s Droid Incredible may be able to pay for apps with PayPal as soon as this year.

Apples iAd service receives mixed early response

Apple’s iAd mobile advertising platform has received mixed reviews since launch at the beginning of last month

H1 2010 smartphone app market outperforms FY2009

research2guidance claims the worldwide smartphone application market during the first half of 2010 was bigger than the market for the whole of 2009, with the number of applications downloaded showing a similar trend.

Operators look to apps to prevent dumb-pipe syndrome

A majority of executives from  operators surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit say that they will be “better positioned to compete by opening their platforms to independent application developers”

US vendor launches customisable app store platform

A US firm has sought to capitalise on the growing popularity of application stores by launching a solution that will allow operators and handset manufacturers to launch stores based on a customisable platform.

Sony Ericsson updates WebSDK Packager tool

Sony Ericsson announced a new release of its WebSKD Packager tool, which it said can be used for the development of web applications for Android and Symbian OS devices.

China Unicoms app store to go live by year-end

China Unicom – the world’s second-largest mobile operator – plans to commercially launch its application store in the second half of this year. In a statement released today outlining its first half 2010 performance, the company noted that by the end of the year it will “launch new services such as application store and e-reading to further enrich the 3G service applications.”

How big is the mobile app economy?

Despite bullish growth forecasts, the economics of the mobile apps market will remain pretty precarious for developers without corporate sponsors