PayPal is reported to be in talks with Google to embed its payments platform in the Android operating system. Bloomberg first broke the news late Friday, although neither party has commented on the unconfirmed talks. It is believed that users of Android phones such as Motorola’s Droid X and HTC’s Droid Incredible may be able to pay for apps with PayPal as soon as this year.
A majority of executives from operators surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit say that they will be “better positioned to compete by opening their platforms to independent application developers”
A US firm has sought to capitalise on the growing popularity of application stores by launching a solution that will allow operators and handset manufacturers to launch stores based on a customisable platform.
China Unicom – the world’s second-largest mobile operator – plans to commercially launch its application store in the second half of this year. In a statement released today outlining its first half 2010 performance, the company noted that by the end of the year it will “launch new services such as application store and e-reading to further enrich the 3G service applications.”
WAC announces company formation, leadership, board and business models; Agrees to join forces with Joint Innovation Lab (JIL)
Retail chains in the US and the UK have launched mobile apps for consumers, which in both cases look to reward loyalty with discounted products and offers.
Inneractive, a mobile advertising company focused on linking advertisements with mobile apps, secured US$2.3 million in second-round financing, according to Israeli business publication Globes.
Microsoft issued an update for developers on its planned Windows Phone 7 launch timings, stating that it will make the final Windows Phone Developer Tools available on 16 September 2010.
Motorola has acquired 280 North, a web application framework developer, in order to strengthen its application development proposition, and to develop its Android ecosystem with “innovative Web-based technologies and applications.”
Nokia needs to prevent a damaging developer exodus
Recent developments in the apps and services space mean carriers need to pick their battles carefully