One of the first and biggest hurdles any third-party navigation app will need to clear on Google's Android platform is Google itself. While this may not be the case with other mobile OSes, Android (or at least devices running version 1.6 or better) comes more or less bundled with Google's free Google Maps with Navigation app. So, why would a user go out of their way to check out another navigation app? So, of course, this is the first question I asked when evaluating the Sygic Aura GPS navigation app. … Read more
With Apple officially sharing the details of its new App Store subscription plan, which lays the groundwork for Apple to take a 30-percent cut from publishers who sell content within their apps, we were waiting for some reaction from content providers. Well, one, Rhapsody, has finally braved Apple's wrath and issued a statement saying Apple's new arrangement was "economically untenable." And while it didn't threaten legal action, it certainly hinted at it.
Here's the full statement from Rhapsody's President, Jon Irwin:
Rhapsody is the leading digital music subscription service in the U.S.,… Read more
Though more online stores have been crowding the mobile app market, Apple remains by far the app-store leader, according to data out today from IHS, which recently acquired technology researcher iSuppli.
For 2010, Apple took in $1.78 billion in worldwide sales from its App Store, a leap of 132 percent from $769 million in 2009. And while it lost market share to some of its mobile rivals, Apple still captured 82.7 percent of the app store market last year, down from 92.8 percent the prior year.
One factor that boosted Apple's mobile app sales in 2010 … Read more
App store GetJar plans to "aggressively expand" its software for Android devices with at least part of a new $25 million funding round.
GetJar, which started its app shop in 2005, touts itself as the world's largest open app store and the second largest app store behind Apple's. GetJar boasts more than 1.5 billion downloads to date for multiple mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian.
With the new capital, GetJar said it plans to expand its sales, marketing and engineering efforts. The company is eyeing the Android arena in particular and … Read more
Nokia and Microsoft want to create a "third ecosystem" to rival the mobile phone realms built by Apple and Google--but carriers have an even broader alternative of their own.
Last year at the Mobile World Congress show, a group of them unveiled the Wholesale Applications Community. It's an effort to outflank native software and monolithic app stores with Web apps not tied as tightly to specific smartphones and available through a variety of conduits.
And this year at the show, they launched WAC.
"With the commercial launch of operator storefronts, handsets and applications, all based on … Read more
Apple launched a subscription service at the App Store for magazines, newspapers, videos, and music bought through its App Store.
In a move that goes a long way to addressing concerns of many in the magazine and newspaper sectors, Apple said today that publishers will be allowed to set the price and the length of the subscription term. The processing of payments will be Apple's job and handled within the App Store. Apple will collect 30 percent of the revenue.
"Our philosophy is simple," Steve Jobs wrote in a statement. "When Apple brings a new subscriber … Read more
Love the little green robot on your phone? Now you can carry your affection to a new level with Androidify, an app that lets you customize Android's look.
Available for free from Android Market, Androidify lets users turn the logo-bot into caricatures of themselves or anyone else.
The app is the work of Google Creative Lab and Larva Labs, which has produced apps like Face Mixer and Retro Defense.
Choices include spiky hair, body types, beards, glasses, wardrobes, and accessories like hats, watches, and even a parrot.
The end result, though, may bear little resemblance to the original robot. The cartoonish avatars can be saved as user pics and shared with friends.
It's the next best thing to getting your own Android costume.
The year 2010 will probably be remembered at the year that cloud computing "shaped" itself into a tangible concept, at least amongst those of us who care. 2011, on the other hand, will likely be the year in which IT figures out how to actually use cloud concepts.
Of course there are success stories dating back two or more years, but what is happening so far in 2011 is a growing body of businesses, data, and applications that were born and cultivated in the cloud. Add to that the online and conference communities forming around cloud and new … Read more
A burst of activity in Windows Phone 7 projects may be a sign that developers see promise in a Nokia-Microsoft tie-up, according to analytics firm Flurry.
Even before Nokia and Microsoft revealed late last week their proposed deal for Windows Phone 7 on Nokia phones, speculation about it apparently led to a surge in developer interest. Tracking the mobile platforms based on new projects started by developers, Flurry said it had seen relatively flat numbers for Windows Phone 7 for the month or so prior to last week.
But with speculation making the rounds early last week about a possible … Read more
After years of waiting, you've finally got a Verizon-branded iPhone. OK, now what? You've played Angry Birds, updated your Facebook status, and watched an "Arrested Development" marathon on Netflix. Is that all there is?
Of course not. When you're ready to start using your iPhone like the power tool that it is, you're ready for my roundup of must-have apps. They're not the run-of-the-mill fodder like Pandora and Yelp; they're lesser-known gems that will make you marvel at what your shiny new toy can do.
Needless to say, these are just my … Read more