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Samsung uses earths magnetic field for new app

Samsung is developing an app that uses the earth’s magnetic field to work out a handset’s precise location, ZDNet reported.

Appitalism launches tablet version of app store

Appitalism announced a version of its cross-platform app store designed to support tablets.

Digital Chocolate raises funds for future expansion

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.

FTC eyeing Apples in-app purchase activities

The US Federal Trade Commission is planning a review of the marketing and delivery of products with in-app purchase capabilities through Apple’s App Store, according to the Washington Post.

KT planning international apps push

The Korea Herald reports that operator KT is set to “launch a project to help mobile application developers sell their products overseas.”

Google launches full Android 3.0 SDK

Google announced availability of the full software development kit for Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), enabling the creation and publishing of Android apps targeting the tablet-oriented Android variant.

Nokia and Reliance partner for Indian Ovi Store rollout

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.

Fish, footballers and philosophy: why Twitter was the highlight of #mwc11

CEO Dick Costolo positions Twitter as the new SMS - a service so ubiquitous and simple-to-use that it becomes barely noticeable

Numo trumpets compelling in-app advertising results

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.

Verizon updates V CAST Music app for Android

Verizon Wireless updated its V CAST Music app, which it said enables Android smartphone customers to “get and enjoy the music they want easily and at lower prices.”

Apple maintains App Store leadership

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.

Third-party developer falls foul of Twitter guidelines

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.”

Shazam: taking mobile music to the masses

Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam, talks to Mobile Apps Briefing about achieving scale in the mobile app market, and how to then monetise an installed user base.

WP7 and Android Market top app store growth charts

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.

The role of app analytics

The growth of native apps has created the need for a whole new set of user profile information, says Hannu Verkasalo, chief executive of Zokem.

Operators to curate mobile app experience

Operators have a role in delivering a “curated” mobile app experience to customers, Lee Epting, Content Services Director of Vodafone Group, said during the App Planet Forum yesterday morning.

Angry Birds wins Best Mobile App

Angry Birds was awarded ‘Best Mobile App’ at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2011 last week in Barcelona.

Huawei claims WAC store first, with Smart

Huawei announced what it said is “the first global commercial WAC-enabled app store and mobile phone,” available through Philippines operator Smart. The Chinese company said the solution is fully compliant with the WAC 1.0 specifications.

HTC head trumpets app integration

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.

HP inks K-WAC deal

HP said that it is providing systems integration services to Korea-WAC, a consortium of SK Telecom, Korea Telecom and LG U+ intended to create a South Korea-specific clearinghouse for WAC apps.