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Mozilla releases Android-based version of Firefox browser

Mozilla has launched a mobile version of its Firefox web browser that is designed for Android-based smartphones.

Less than 100 apps for Android tablets, say critics

Reports this week suggest that Google is struggling to stimulate developer support for Android Honeycomb (3.0), despite the fact that high-profile tablets based on the platform – notably Motorola’s new Xoom – are already shipping.

First Android titles to support in-app billing unveiled

Google has announced the first Android apps that will support in-app billing, a feature that went live on the platform this week.

US operator claims first with Amazon app store

US cellular operator Cellular South is set to launch the new HTC Merge, an Android smartphone which the operator describes as being “the first smartphone in the world to come preloaded with the new Amazon Appstore...”

Back to the future


The regulatory examination of the AT&T/T-Mobile USA merger has echoes of 30 years ago

Voicing the differences


Does Sprint’s alliance with Google indicate a new attitude toward voice services?

MWC 2011: The battle for developers

After spending four days at this year’s show, here’s Distimo’s takeaways on likely app store developments for 2011.

Korean instant-messaging app proves its worth

A popular instant messaging (IM) app called Kakao Talk is being credited with keeping users in touch when Japan’s voice networks were struggling during the earthquake earlier this month, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple sets WWDC dates; sparks iOS 5 speculation

Apple has announced that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will take place June 6-10 in San Francisco.

Amazon launches cloud music for Android devices

Amazon has launched a new service that enable users to remotely store and access their music from any Android handset or tablet, as well as from PC and Macs.

Telefonica partners with Microsoft to attract support for BlueVia

Telefonica has joined forces with Microsoft to release an SDK that will enable developers who create applications for the latter’s .NET platform to incorporate APIs from the operator’s new BlueVia platform.

When the window of opportunity shuts

Is there still a role for the LiMo Foundation in the fast-changing device industry?

In-app billing testing goes live on Android

Google is to introduce “end-to-end testing” of in-app billing on Android Market this week. Google says that developers are now able upload apps to the Developer Console, create a catalogue of in-app products, and set prices.

Building the brand

Mobile Apps Briefing talked to Tim Satchell, Commercial Director of Infomedia Services, about the company’s experience of the mobile app strategies of well-known brands.

RIM buys app developer start-up

RIM has acquired Ontario-based start-up tinyHippos, a cross-platform mobile application development and testing tool, for an undisclosed sum.

Augmented reality firm raises US5.5 million

Total Immersion, a leading augmented reality technology firm, has secured US$5.5million in a funding round led by Intel Capital and joined by existing investors Partech, iSource and Elaia Partners.

Google delays release of Honeycomb source code

Google is holding back a widespread release of the open source code for Honeycomb, the latest version of the Android OS which is designed specifically for tablets.

Serial entrepreneur launches social location app

Bill Nguyen, the entrepreneur who sold streaming music firm Lala to Apple in 2009, is launching a new venture called Color which enables mobile users “to capture photos, videos and conversations into a group album."

AT&T to allow Android users to access Amazons app store

US mobile operator AT&T is to allow users of Android-based smartphones to download apps from the new Amazon Appstore, in what appears a change of policy from the operator’s previous stance of not allowing access to third-party Android stores.

RIM opens up PlayBook to Android community

RIM has moved to kick-start developer activity around its new PlayBook tablet, announcing that it is adding support for Android apps on the platform. RIM said it will launch two optional ‘app players’ that provide an application run-time environment for both BlackBerry Java apps and Android (2.3) apps.