The higher volumes of downloads for free apps compared to their paid-for siblings is attracting developers to switch to monetisation methods other than paid purchases, according to Distimo.
Starbucks will enable users of BlackBerrys or Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch to pay at US company-operated stores by using their smartphones.
Start-up MobileApps.com is calling on developers to add their apps to its cross-platform mobile app marketplace ahead of its launch in a month’s time.
Netbiscuits, which says it “enables customers to develop, publish and monetise cross-platform mobile websites and apps,” announced an additional funding round, with unspecified investments (totalling “several million Euro”) made by T-Venture and Creathor Venture.
Developer tools company Appcelerator acquired Aptana, creator of an integrated development environment for building web apps.
Music discovery app firm Shazam has taken advantage of Nokia’s development environment Qt to introduce an application designed specifically to run on the latest version of Symbian.
Nokia announced several updates to its Ovi Store via its Ovi Blog, including support for additional languages and improved app search capabilities.
Apple has released the beta for iOS 4.3 that brings new features including a personal hotspot, support for AirPlay video streaming in third-party native (and web apps), a redesigned FaceTime icon as well as support for multitouch gestures for the iPad.
RIM has used its BlackBerry Devcon Asia event to further seed developer interest in its PlayBook tablet with the launch of the beta version of the BlackBerry WebWorks SDK for Tablet OS, as well as announcing new developer services tools for BlackBerry smartphones.
US mobile developer Applico created a “Connected Services Division” specialising in the development of apps for “devices beyond smartphones such as tablets, Internet-connected televisions, cars and other electronic devices.”