Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao pledged his support to the app developer community at this week’s Nokia World event, offering both advice and his company’s expertise in an effort to see this space flourish. His comments were regarded as a clear indication that operators need to work more closely with developers.
Nokia has talked-up the potential of Ovi Store to provide a sustainable revenue stream in an effort to woo developers, compared to the more competitive operating environment for developers creating apps for iOS and Android.
Nokia may be undergoing turbulent times at present but its devices continue to dominate application testing by developers in the EU, according to new research from DeviceAnywhere.
Nokia used an “Ovi Store State of the Union” presentation at Nokia World 2010 today to introduce a deviation from the industry-standard 70/30 revenue split where operator billing is concerned, promising that developers stand to make more money under its new regime.
Samsung has marked the first anniversary of its Samsung Apps store by announcing that it is now available in 109 countries. First launched in September 2009 in “select European and Asian countries”, the company says the store has been growing “at a rapid pace, riding on the successful global launch of the Samsung Wave smartphone.”
Consumer resistance to in-app mobile ads will be overcome in the next few years and create a market worth over US$860 million in North America alone by 2014
Apple updated the terms and conditions of its developer agreement, which was seen as opening the way for apps created using Flash and Java to make their way to iOS devices.
Apple has announced two changes in the terms and conditions in place for its iOS developer community, which are likely to significantly impact the way in which developers can work with the platform. The moves also go some way to bringing Adobe’s Flash technology into the fold, although not completely.
Google may not allow makers of tablet computers powered by the Android operating system to include Android Market support on all devices, with Hugo Barra, the company’s mobile product management director, arguing that “we have to make sure that every device meets the criteria for a good experience for Android Market.”
Apps platform vendor weComm and Bango, the mobile analytics and payments firm, are to combine their respective services in a bid to make life easier for app developers working across multiple smartphone platforms. The partnership will see Bango’s technology added to weComm’s ‘Wave’ software platform, a development the firms claim will enable users to independently measure mobile applications and collect payment across all platforms.