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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.