CyanogenMod 7 downloaded over 215,000 times

By on May 7, 2011 at 5:11 AM.

CyanogenMod 7 downloaded over 215,000 times

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular custom Android ROMs currently available. With a wide rang of supported devices, and active developer community, the Android enhancement gets a fair number of installs. Just how many installs, you ask? CyanogenMod has published statistics for its most recent build — CyanogenMod 7 — and the numbers are quite impressive. Version 7 has been installed 217,894 times at time of article writing. Nearly 45% of those installs occurred in the U.S. and Sweden, with Norway, Finland, and the U.K. rounding out the top five installers. A pretty impressive feat. Congrats to the CyanogenMod development community!

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Spotify launches iTunes competitor [video]

By on May 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Spotify launches iTunes competitor [video]

Companies like Apple and Google are doing their best to put together music products that compete directly with Spotify’s Web-based music streaming product. While reports suggest record labels are making the process as difficult as possible for these giants, Spotify just took the fight to their home turf. The company on Wednesday launched a new music download service that attempts to make Spotify “the only music player you’ll ever need.” Spotify users can now purchase and download full playlists comprised of any songs from the company’s 9 million-track catalog for as low as £0.50 per song. And as an extra little slap, Spotify’s new feature allows playlists to be synchronized with the iPod classic, iPod nano or iPod shuffle right from within the Spotify desktop app. Spotify still isn’t available in the U.S., but rumors suggest the company is closer than ever to striking deals with record companies that will allow it to launch its popular service stateside. Hit the break for the full press release and a video that explains the company’s new download service. More →

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Google Maps for Android surpasses 50 million downloads

By on April 14, 2011 at 5:59 AM.

Google Maps for Android surpasses 50 million downloads

Google Maps has hit a new milestone as the first Android application to surpass the 50 million download mark. The free application has seen many revisions since its public introduction in 2008 — as part of Android 1.6 — and now includes 3D modeling with multi-touch zoom and panning, free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, and support for Google’s Latitude and Places products. Given that it’s available on every iteration of Android — that we can think of — we’re not surprised to learn it’s the most downloaded application ever. Congrats to the Google Maps team.  More →

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Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

By on March 31, 2011 at 11:52 PM.

Opera Mini makes triumphant return to GetJar app store

After ousting Opera’s popular Opera Mini Web browser from its app store earlier this month, GetJar announced the browser’s return on Thursday. The app was originally tossed out of GetJar’s app store in early March when Opera announced plans to offer an app store of its own. GetJar wasn’t very happy with Opera’s entrance into the space so it banned the app from its catalog, theoretically preventing its users from accessing Opera’s competitive offering. “I’m glad that Opera Mini is back in the GetJar store,” said Mahi de Silva, EVP of Consumer Mobile at Opera Software, in a statement. “We believe Opera should be everywhere and we love the fact that our fans will now be able to download Opera Mini again from GetJar.” GetJar offered no explanation as to why it allowed this new version of Oper’a mobile browser, Opera Mini 6, back into its app store. More →

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Judge orders Time Warner to out illegal downloaders

By on March 25, 2011 at 4:10 PM.

Judge orders Time Warner to out illegal downloaders

Time Warner has been ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Washington to identify hundreds of people accused of illegally downloading movies over its broadband network. The ISP had previously argued that identifying the accused parties would be “unfairly expensive and time-consuming,” and it asked that the judge reject the subpoenas for subscriber information. Of the three pending cases where subpoenas for subscriber data were issued, the judge agreed to quash one, as the plaintiff, Maverick Entertainment Group, failed to properly serve the subpoena in compliance with the law. The other two stand, however, and Time Warner will have to identify approximately 250 subscribers. Maverick, one of three movie companies currently seeking the identities of anonymous Internet users who are accused of illegally downloading their copyrighted materials, has 10 days to re-issue the subpoena or it may lose access to the identities of over 700 users. More →

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Samsung’s app store surpasses 100 million downloads

By on March 25, 2011 at 4:40 AM.

Samsung’s app store surpasses 100 million downloads

It seems like every company on the planet has its own app store these days, though some certainly fare better than others. Falling squarely into the some category is “Samsung Apps,” an app store Samsung launched in June 2010 that is accessible from various smartphones and connected televisions. Samsung on Thursday stated that its app store has now served over 100 million downloads globally less than one year after launch. Samsung Apps is showing no signs of slowing down, either. “We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011,” the company said in a statement. In celebration of the 100 million-app milestone, anyone who downloads an app from Samsung Apps between March 25th and April 30th, 2011 will automatically be entered to win one of several prizes including Samsung Galaxy Tab tablets, Galaxy Players, UBS sticks and free app downloads from the Samsung Apps marketplace. More →

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Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

By on March 23, 2011 at 8:26 AM.

Firefox 4 downloads top 6 million in first 24 hours [video]

Mozilla announced on Tuesday that the final release version of its Firefox 4 Web browser was available for download. Within its first 24 hours of availability, the browser was downloaded over 6 million times. Microsoft’s latest browser release, Internet Explorer 9, was downloaded 2.35 million times in its first 24 hours of availability. Version 4 of the popular Firefox Web browser features a variety of enhancements including a redesigned UI, improved tab management and faster performance. Mozilla’s Firefox browser is the second most popular browser in the world according to market share tracker Net Applications. Firefox held a 21.74% global browser share in February, behind Internet Explorer’s 56.77% and ahead of No. 3 browser Chrome, which has grown to 10.93% in a very short period of time. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox have seen their shares decrease over the past year, while Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s Safari browser have gained popularity. Hit the break for a video highlighting Firefox 4’s new features. More →

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Internet Explorer 9 racks up 2.35M downloads in 24 hours [video]

By on March 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM.

Internet Explorer 9 racks up 2.35M downloads in 24 hours [video]

Via a recent blog post, Microsoft let it be known that its freshly released Internet Explorer 9 web browser has been downloaded more than 2.35 million times during its first 24 hours on the market. Released on Monday evening, the update brings hardware accelerated graphics, a new JavaScript engine, an updated user interface, and a host of other improvements. As a point of comparison, Mozilla’s FireFox 3 was downloaded more than 8 million times in its inaugural 24 hours back in June of 2008 — although it was trying to break into the Guinness Book of World Records. Regardless, it is quite the accomplishment, and something the folks from Redmond should be very proud of. If you haven’t been prompted by Windows Update yet, Internet Explorer 9 can be downloaded here. More →

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Angry Birds for Android downloaded over 30 million times

By on March 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM.

Angry Birds for Android downloaded over 30 million times

Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week, Rovio Mobile’s Peter Vesterbacka let it be known that his company’s wildly successful mobile game — Angry Birds — is quite popular amongst Android users. How popular you ask? The free, ad-supported version of the bird-flinging, pig pulverizing title has been downloaded over 30 million times. We would be interested to know how many ad impressions, and how much cash, Angry Birds generates every month. Congrats to Mr. Versterbacka and the Rovio team, your distain for swine has finally paid off. More →

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Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

By on February 22, 2011 at 2:11 AM.

Verizon Wireless updates V CAST music service for Android

Verizon Wireless on Monday announced a revamped version of its V CAST Music app for Android smartphones. The carrier’s new V CAST Music app combines all of its music-related VCAST services, allowing users to purchase full tracks, ringtones and ringback tones from a single application. Song downloads range in price from $0.69 to $1.29 per track, but Verizon will also offer reduced-cost bundles that combine multiple formats into a single download. “Verizon Wireless is taking a leap forward with V CAST Music,” said Verizon Wireless VP Greg Haller in a statement. “We’re bringing the different kinds of music people love to have on their phones together in one, easy-to-use application, making it easy for customers to get what they want at lower prices.” The new version of V CAST Music requires Android 2.1 (Eclair) or later, and users will receive on-device prompts when the new version of the app is available for download. Hit the jump for Verizon Wireless’ full press release. More →

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Apple App Store hits 10 billion downloads

By on January 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM.

Apple App Store hits 10 billion downloads

Just over a week has passed since Apple posted up their 10 billion App Store download counter, and that’s all the time it took to hit this ridiculous milestone. Yes, Apple has sold / delivered over 10 billion apps to customers in just a few years. With Apple’s developer following and customers growing rapidly, we’re sure it won’t take nearly as long to hit 20 billion. The person who downloaded the 10 billionth app will be announced within a couple days according to Apple. More →

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Apple’s App Store is about to hit 10 billion downloads

By on January 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM.

Apple’s App Store is about to hit 10 billion downloads

Smartphone users dig apps. Mobile developers dig Apple. Those two truths add up to a whole lot of app downloads from Apple’s iOS App Store. There are currently about iOS 340,000 apps available in the App Store according to Apple’s feeds. Collectively, they will soon have been downloaded a total of 10 billion times. Apple put up a new page to celebrate the imminent milestone, and it is offering a $10,000 iTunes gift card to the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad user who downloads the 10-billionth app. Apple launched the App Store on July 11th, 2008 to coincide with the release of its second-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3G. The App Store hit the 1 billion-download mark on April 23rd, 2009, and it reached 5 billion downloads 410 days later on June 7th, 2010. More →

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Mac App Store serves over 1 million downloads in first day

By on January 7, 2011 at 9:19 AM.

Mac App Store serves over 1 million downloads in first day

Amidst some controversy, Apple announced Friday that its newly launched Mac App Store topped 1 million downloads on opening day. Apple launched the Mac App Store on Thursday as a central location for developers to distribute OS X software. The idea mimics the company’s iOS App Store, of course, which is responsible for the current mobile app explosion among smartphone platforms. The Mac App Store launched with over 1,000 free and paid software titles, and in many cases paid apps were available at deep discounts. “We’re amazed at the incredible response the Mac App Store is getting,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. “Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is.” Hit the break for the full press release from Apple. More →

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