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Canalys highlights app store opportunity for operators

Research firm Canalys said that app store direct revenue from the sale of apps, in-app purchases, and subscriptions combined will hit US$14.1 billion next year, up 92 percent from the US$7.3 billion forecast for 2011.

APAC becomes worlds largest smartphone region; Bada beats Windows Phone

Asia-Pacific has become the world’s largest smartphone region, according to new figures from Canalys. Smartphone shipments in the region reached 37.3 million in the first quarter, a year-on-year growth rate of 98 percent, putting it ahead of EMEA for the first time since Q3 2007.

Android tops Symbian OS in Q4 Canalys

Research firm Canalys said that Google’s Android platform became the leading smartphone operating system (OS) in the fourth quarter of 2010, displacing long-running market leader Symbian OS. According to the company, shipments of Android devices reached 32.9 million, while shipments of Symbian units were at 31 million.

China Unicom debuts 3G app store; ZTE partners

China Unicom has launched its long anticipated app store, called WoStore, according to a statement from ZTE, the operator’s technology partner in the project. The vendor says that the store will support “all open smartphone platforms except for iPhone, as well as terminal devices such as tablet PCs and MIDs.”

Android, Apple winners in US smartphone market

Research firm Canalys says that Apple has taken the lead in the US smartphone market with a 26% share, displacing former leader RIM.

China beats Western Europe in apps demand

China is a huge growth driver of mobile app and game downloads, with over half of the country’s mobile user base engaged in such activity, according to new research from Canalys.

Schmidt claims 200,000 Android activations per day

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says that “about 200,000” smartphones based on the company’s Android operating system are currently being activated each day

Smartphone shipments up 64% in Q2

Worldwide smartphone volumes grew by 64 percent in the second quarter of 2010, according to figures from research firm Canalys.

iPad propels Apple into top five PC vendors

Apple is now a top 5 PC vendor thanks to sales of its iPad tablet computer.