Mozilla’s new Firefox for Maemo is an impressive new mobile browser designed to provide a seamless experience for users across phones and PCs. But in an era built on smartphone apps and app stores, can a browser-based strategy win?
Few developers of location-aware mobile apps are distributing titles across multiple storefronts, but those who are are doing it because they want downloads rather than revenue, according to data out today from Skyhook Wireless.
Nokia’s Ovi Store has overtaken Apple’s App Store as the storefront of choice for mobile developers in emerging mobile markets. But can Nokia leverage its traction in developing economies as Apple and Android build on their momentum in Western markets?
Flurry snares $7 million in venture funding just a month after merging with Pinch Media. The cash should help it grow its business in a substantial way — which will make it that much more attractive to potential suitors.
The new App Store offering Chorus leverages user recommendations to give iPhone users an alternative to Apple’s list of best-selling apps when shopping in the App Store. And that’s good news for consumers who are bewildered by all the choices in Apple’s ever-growing storefront.
As the hardware and software components fall into place for 3-D in mobile, content companies need to be ready to take advantage with compelling offerings that fully leverage the advancing technology.
Developers who’ve had their iPhone apps rejected thanks to Apple’s (s aapl) seemingly arbitrary approval policies have another online support group of sorts in AppleRejectedMe.com. The site, which was founded by the guy behind the rejected “You Are Rich” app, is billed as a kind of group therapy for spurned developers but reads more like a forum for wisecracking mobile geeks. (Sample post: “I made an app that caused AT&T (s t) to drop a call randomly based on a 50/50 chance. Because of duplicate functionality, Apple rejected me.”) The new site follows the recent debut of AppRejections.com, which was also launched by a rebuffed iPhone developer. And we’re sure to see more of this kind of thing unless Apple addresses its ever-widening rift with developers.
There are countless mobile sites and apps designed to help users spend their money this holiday season. To help save you time, we’ve rounded up some of the more notable ones.
Samsung today unveiled plans to launch a new mobile software layer in the hopes of bringing high-end, smartphone-style apps to a broad range of its handsets. The question, of course, is whether it can lure developers to the platform.
Samsung’s bada — which means “ocean” in the Korean company’s native tongue — is an open platform designed to allow developers to create full-blown mobile apps for handsets that may not run a traditional smartphone operating system. Read More about Samsung Aims for the Masses With bada, But Will Developers Bite?
Verizon Wireless’s tie-up with Android was headline news yesterday — and for good reason (GigaOM Pro, sub. required) — but lost in all the hype was the company’s fusillade of press releases outlining its developer outreach initiative. In an obvious effort to attract the attention of the new kingmakers of the mobile realm, the carrier said more than 1,000 coders have joined its Verizon Develop Community, which launched just a couple of months ago. Read More about Verizon Working to Woo Developers