Leading social games developer Digital Chocolate has raised US$12 million in series D funding, led by Intel Capital and including prior backers Sutter Hill Ventures and Bridgescale Partners.
Nokia and Reliance Communications announced a “first of its kind partnership in the country,” with the launch of the “India chapter” of the vendor’s Ovi Store. Reliance will apparently be the first operator to offer integrated operator billing, with purchases either deducted from prepaid credit or added to monthly bills.
CEO Dick Costolo positions Twitter as the new SMS - a service so ubiquitous and simple-to-use that it becomes barely noticeable
Scandinavian mobile app company Numo announced “compelling results from its first trials of in-app advertising,” stating that after “trialling different solutions” it saw a click-through rate above 35 percent.
Research from IHS Screen Digest found that Apple generated 82.7 percent of the total global application store revenue in 2010, more than doubling its figure to US$1.8 billion from US$768.7 million in 2009. While the company is a clear leader in the market, its share has decreased from 92.8 percent in 2009, as competition from rivals hotted-up.
Twitter temporarily blocked access to the Twitter API for two third-party apps, stating that it had blacklisted UberTwitter and twidroyd for “violating our policies.”
Distimo noted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace and Google’s Android Market were “clearly ahead of the other app stores in terms of growth rates” during January 2011, with growth of 30 percent and 18 percent respectively.
Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, used his keynote address at Congress to state that the company’s focus in the mobile app ecosystem is in integrating the best products and services with its other hardware and software solutions, in order to deliver a more rounded solution for customers.