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Lodsys targeting Android developers, too

May 27th, 2011

Earlier this week we reported that a firm named Lodsys had started to send out letters to Apple developers claiming that they were infringing on a Lodsys patent related to in-app purchases. Apple stepped in and claimed that, since it licenses Lodsys’ products and services, its developers were also entitled to use the technology. Now …

Apple’s App Store now home to over 500,000 apps

May 24th, 2011

According to new data from Chop, 148apps, and Chillingo, Apple’s iTunes App Store has approved more than 500,00 applications. In an infographic posted on Facebook, the group notes that Apple has worked with 85,569 different developers and that the average price of a paid application is $3.64. Similarly, 37% of all applications are free. The …

Steve Jobs to give WWDC 2011 keynote [Update]

May 24th, 2011

Steve Jobs will give the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in San Francisco on June 7th, despite currently being on medical leave from the company. We expect that he’ll discuss Lion, the new iOS 5 operating system, and more. We’ll be reporting live from the event, which will be held at Moscone Center in San Francisco. …

Apple defends developers in letter to Lodsys

May 23rd, 2011

Earlier this month a company called Lodsys began sending letters to iOS app developers using Apple’s in-app billing system, asking each to license its technology separately. In a blog post on May 15th, Lodsys explained on its website that “the scope of [Apple’s] current licenses does NOT enable [Apple] to provide  ‘pixie dust’ to bless …

Google: 100 million Android devices activated worldwide

May 10th, 2011

During Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco today, Google confirmed that it has activated more than 100 million Android devices worldwide across 36 OEM’s and 215 carriers. There are now more than 310 Android devices in 112 countries and Google activates 400,000 Android devices each day. Similarly, there are 450,000 Android developers and more than …

Android game developers voice concern over Amazon's pricing practices

April 14th, 2011

The International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has taken exception with Amazon’s Android application store pricing practices. In a letter to its members, the group voiced concerns of stringent rules that revolve around the temporary discounting of games. “Amazon has little incentive not to use a developer’s content as a weapon with which to capture marketshare [sic] from competing app stores,” reads …

Sony Ericsson launches Android Market channel

April 13th, 2011

On Wednesday Sony Ericsson announced that it has launched its own channel in the Android Market. The firm says it will use the channel to recommend specific apps and games, provide original content like Timescape plugins, offer exclusive gaming titles, and to help promote apps developed by partners. The channel sounds a lot like the …

Microsoft may reveal Windows 8 during September developer event

April 12th, 2011

Microsoft will hold a Professional Developers Conference (PDC) event from September 13th through September 16th, Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows Chief, said Tuesday. According to Business Insider, Microsoft may introduce its latest Windows 8 operating system during the event — an OS that will cater better to touchscreen tablets and lower powered processors. A September introduction …

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 …

87% of Android developers think fragmentation is a problem, survey finds

April 4th, 2011

The debate surrounding Android fragmentation continues to draw attention, and the issue resurfaced on Monday following the results of a recent survey. According to Baird analyst William Powers, roughly 87% of Android developers believe that fragmentation is a problem for the Android platform. 57% feel Android’s fragmentation problem is either “huge” or “meaningful,” and about …