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Google trumpets next-gen Android NDK features

Google highlighted a number of features which will be supported in future versions of its Android Native Development Kit, including the fact that “you can now build an entire Android application without writing a single line of Java.”

Developer attempts Doodle trademark claim

It was widely reported that Lima Sky, developer of a iOS game titled Doodle Jump, is attempting to get other titles with the word “Doodle” in the name removed from Apple’s App Store, despite the fact that it does not own a trademark on this word.

Digital Chocolate debuts Android games with GetJar

Digital Chocolate, which describes itself as “the fastest growing virtual goods company on Facebook,” chose independent app retailer GetJar as the launch channel for its Millionaire City and MMA Pro Fighter games for Android.

Bharti Airtel trumpets importance of localised content for app stores

The ability to offer localised and regional-specific applications is a critical requirement for app store success, leading Indian operator Bharti Airtel told Mobile Apps Briefing.

Content sharing company Bump secures US16M funding

Bump Technologies, developer of a contact and content sharing app for iPhone and Android devices, announced that it had raised US$16m in a funding round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Report: Gameloft head critical of EA price slashing

Michel Guillemot, founder and CEO of Gameloft, criticised the mobile app strategy of rival EA Mobile in the run-up to Christmas 2010, specifically its decision to slash the prices of its products available via Apple’s App Store, games publication IGN reports.

Smartphone/tablet Android fragmentation rumoured

It was suggested that Google is planning to split the development paths of its Android platform for smartphones and tablets, with version 2.4 (Ice Cream) of the platform being the next iteration for handsets, and the previously-previewed version 3.0 (Honeycomb) targeting tablets.

Developer activity increasing beyond Apple ecosystem

App Store analytics firm Distimo published its analysis of market developments during 2010, noting that while Apple grew the most in terms of number of apps added, the runners-up showed more growth in percentage terms – indicating a growing interest in platforms other than iOS.

What follows the Galaxy S?

Samsung has a hit on its hands, but how will it ensure that the Galaxy S is not a flash-in-the-pan success?

BlackBerry App World 2.1 set for in-app payments

RIM has launched the beta version of BlackBerry App World 2.1, with a number of new features including the option for developers to offer apps that support in-app payments.

Mobile video firm Qik acquired by Skype

Qik, a US mobile video firm, is to be acquired by VoIP provider Skype.

No shortcuts to success in mobile apps

Playing the long game is vital for fledgling developers.

AT&T outlines app developer initiatives

AT&T detailed its mobile developer strategy at its 2011 AT&T Developer Summit. The US number-two operator said that it is “expanding collaboration opportunities with the development community - with a focus on speeding innovation to customers.”

Amazon details Appstore plans

Amazon officially confirmed its anticipated entry into the app store market, opening the Android Appstore Developer Programme in order to fill its catalogue.

Ballmer updates on WP7 developer progress

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, used his keynote speech at last week’s CES 2011 event to state that “there are already more than 5,500 applications available for Windows Phone customers."

Appcelerator adds V CAST apps support

App tools company Appcelerator announced a partnership with Verizon Wireless, which it says will enable “millions of web developers worldwide to create native mobile apps for Android and BlackBerry and other operating systems using a single platform, and distribute and sell them through V CAST Apps, Verizon Wireless’ mobile storefront.”

NFC and the barrage of big names

There is a growing excitement in the mobile industry around NFC technology. But is mass customer confusion set to descend? 

AT&T launches carrier billing for Android Market

US mobile operator AT&T last month launched carrier billing for Android device users on its network.

Weaknesses highlighted in WP7 DRM

It was reported that the digital rights management (DRM) technology used by Microsoft to protect apps sold via the Windows Phone 7 marketplace had been cracked, enabling miscreants to remove the security protection on downloaded apps so that they can be installed freely on handsets.

Report: Apple looking to boost cloud play

Apple is looking for new additions to its iOS team to help expand the company’s cloud-based services for devices such as the iPhone and iPad, according to Apple Insider.