Mandalay Digital plans to combine Appia with its own mobile business Digital Turbine to create a marketing network that will bring mobile carriers back to the table when it comes to app distribution.
The Lisbon-based Independent app distribution firm Aptoide has complained to EU regulators about Google’s alleged unfair tactics against third-party app stores.
Mobile games have become so popular that phone makers are offering coveted marketing spots in the app store to game makers that release early on their platforms.
More than a month after the iPhone got its appstore for Pebble’s smartwatch, Android joins the fray. Along with the new store, Pebble announced new apps from eBay, Evernote and Time Warner Cable.
A decade after it was started in Lithuania, GetJar, one of the earliest app stores has been acquired by a Chinese company specializing in Android apps that wants to cash in on the need for smarter app discovery.
Box needs all the help it can get in the race to become the Dropbox of the enterprise, so it’s incentivizing developers to make apps that paying customers actually use.
Even with a glut of app discovery services and search engines available and improved features coming in Apple’s App Store, there are still more and more startups looking to solve the app recommendation problem. We take a look at new entrants: Xyologic, AppHero and AppAide.
Today’s must-read is this thought-provoking post from The Wall Street Journal that compares the app industry to the early days of the U.S. music market. The massive inventories in Apple’s App Store and Google Play have created a market where supply far outpaces demand, the piece argues, and “the power of scale, expertise and efficiency will eventually exert itself” as it evolves. That’s probably true, but the analogy to the music industry fails to recognize that the surfeit of apps includes countless pieces of trash and copycats made by shady developers out to make a few easy bucks — not to strike it rich. A shakeout may be on the horizon, but I’m not expecting any seismic changes in the app market anytime soon.
Windows Phone has spun its wheels since its launch 18 months ago, but the operating system is beginning to show signs of life. And Microsoft is positioned to build on its mobile momentum later this year with the release of Windows 8.
Facebook gave potential investors something more to worry about yesterday than Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie. According to its amended S-1, Facebook is seeing a shift in how users access the site from the desktop client to mobile devices. Unfortunately, the company said, “We do not currently directly generate any meaningful revenue from the use of Facebook mobile products, and our ability to do so successfully is unproven.” The problem is that the social network is unable to serve up as many ads to mobile users as it can to those using a desktop, which means its ability to monetize its user base through advertising is eroding. At the same time, Facebook announced a new app store to make it easier for users to find and access apps, which could eventually emerge as a new profit center to supplement ad revenue. In any case, it’s yet another reminder to investors that Facebook’s business model is still very much a work in progress.