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Motorola willing to unlock future bootloaders… with carrier approval

April 27th, 2011

“It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.” Those were the words of Motorola in response to a very persistent customer. Irwin Proud, an Australian national, purchased a Motorola Atrix 4G during a recent trip …

Nokia: Symbian is no longer open source

April 8th, 2011

Nokia recently said that its Symbian operating system is no longer open source. The Finnish firm is continuing to provide source code to Japanese OEMs and its small developer community in an alternative “open and direct” model. “Consistent with this, the Nokia Symbian License is an alternative license which provides an access to Nokia’s additional …

Best-selling iOS developer: 5% of users make in-app purchases

April 6th, 2011

Tap Tap Tap recently announced that it has sold 2 million copies of its popular “Camera+” iPhone photography application. In a blog post, Tap Tap Tap principal John Casasanta noted a couple of compelling figures about sales of the app. First: Just 5% of Camera+ customers purchased the $0.99 “I ♥ Analog” filter each day.  …

Facebook launches new mobile site

April 1st, 2011

On Friday, Facebook began rolling out its revamped mobile website located at m.facebook.com. The social network says that the updated version of its mobile site should be easier to use on thousands of different devices. Facebook’s head of mobile, Erick Tseng, told AllThingsD that it pulls in about 250 million mobile users per month, and …

HP outs webOS 3.0 beta for developers

March 30th, 2011

During its webOS CONNECT event in London on Wednesday, HP announced that webOS 3.0 beta is now available for developers taking part in its Early Access program. The SDK includes full support for HP’s new Enyo apps framework, which offers hardware acceleration, browser-based development, better performance, support for HTML 5 standards, and more. PreCentral says …

Apple to focus on iOS, Mac OS at WWDC; no iPhone 5 announcement?

March 28th, 2011

Earlier today, Apple announced that it will be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference from June 6th to June 10th in San Francisco where it said that it will “unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS.” That suggests that Apple may stray from its usual schedule of announcing an updated iPhone during the show each …

Apple schedules WWDC 2011 for June 6th in San Francisco

March 28th, 2011

In a post on its official news site today, Apple announced that this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 6th through the 10th at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference center. The software-centric, annual event provides developers and enthusiasts a glimpse at what the Cupertino company’s software roadmap looks like. “At this …

In-app billing hits Android next week, developer testing starts now

March 25th, 2011

Google announced on Friday that it will launch in-app billing for the Android Market next week. In-app billing will allow users to purchase more content directly within an-app — sort of like when you drop your entire allowance to buy more berries in Smurf’s Village on the iPhone. Google also said that developers can now …

RIM opens up BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps

March 24th, 2011

The news we reported exclusively many months ago has just been officially confirmed by RIM — the company will indeed support Google Android apps on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and on new QNX-based BlackBerry smartphones moving forward. RIM is also offering a suite of tools for Android developers that will allow them to easily port …

Developers: Apple throttling Web app speeds on iPhone homescreen

March 15th, 2011

According to reports from developers speaking to The Register, iOS web applications — when launched from the home screen of an iPhone or iPad — run 2 to 2.5 times slower than if launched directly from the Safari web browser. Right now it’s unclear if Apple is directly, or indirectly, causing this to happen. It’s …