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Android Market update begins rolling out

December 13th, 2010

Google announced Monday that an update to the Android Market has started rolling out to devices. On its Android Market Facebook page, Google stated that the Market refresh will be pushed out to all devices running Android 1.6 or later over the next two weeks. Some users have already reported receiving the update, which apparently …

Android Market content ratings now live for developers

November 30th, 2010

Google announced earlier this week that it would soon implement a content rating system in the Android Market. The new ratings will designate appropriate age ranges for each new and existing app in the Market. According to a developer advocate at Google, the new rating system has now gone live within Google’s Android developer tools. …

Nokia’s Ovi Store now serves 3 million downloads each day

November 18th, 2010

Nokia is certainly not the first cell phone company that comes to mind when the topic of App Stores is raised. Here in the U.S., it’s probably not even the second, third or fourth company that comes to mind. But as the market for mobile apps continues to explode globally, Nokia is quietly proving it …

Google wields ban hammer, ousts SMS spying app from Android Market

October 29th, 2010

It’s not every day Google dusts off the trusty old ban hammer and squashes an Android app. After all, the Android Market is an open one, where any developer can bring any app to the masses — almost. Mobile developer DLP Mobile launched an app earlier this week that performed a pretty questionable function; it …

Android Market hits 100,000 app milestone

October 25th, 2010

Congratulations, Android fans — you now have a whopping 100,000 apps to choose from in the Android Market. The 100k milestone means Google is gaining ground on Apple’s App Store, which is now approaching 300,000 apps. Of course sheer volume isn’t the whole story when it comes to mobile app markets, and many would agree …

Carrier billing coming soon to the Android market

July 24th, 2010

Google updated its Android Developers blog with some legal changes to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA) that suggest carrier billing is on the horizon. According to the posting, Google is introducing new payment options for the Android Market and has added “authorized carriers” as an indemnified party. Developers have been alerted of these …

HTC removes side-loading sync app for HTC Aria

July 16th, 2010

The jubilation that ensued when HTC’s sync app for the Aria debuted was apparently premature as the app has been pulled from HTC’s website. The sync utility allowed customers to install non-Android market applications and was thought to be a sign that AT&T was relaxing some of the restrictions it imposes on its Android handsets. …

Automatic app updates coming in Android 2.2

April 25th, 2010

Updating Android applications has always been a pain in the butt thanks to Google’s insistance that each app be updated by itself. But according to a 4chan poster who apparently has a reputation for being in the know, Android 2.2 will make it possible to have apps automatically update themselves. His proof? The image you …