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