RIM partners with Telefonica in mobile wallet trial

A number of operators and manufacturers are beginning to flirt with mobile wallet systems that utilise Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, bringing electronic touch payments, already well established in Asia, to Europe and North America.

Adoption of the technology has been sluggish in the West as the industry has struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many different players involved in the market; though recently, some of the key players have begun to make strides into the...

By Matthew Henkes, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile.

Apple beats Android in app revenue stakes

Despite Google Android currently being top in smartphone market shares, it’s been reported that Apple take in majority of the money spent on applications.

Apple’s iOS has pulled in 85-90% of gross revenue that is spent on mobile devices, whilst Android only took 7% of what the App Store took in since its launch.

Gene Munster from Piper Jaffrey said...

By Dani Millward, 23 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, iOS, Monetisation, Research.

Windows Phone Marketplace gets 40,000 apps, but still plays catch up

Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace now holds over 40,000 apps, with many coming from different publishers, according to unofficial figures.

Research by the blog, All About Windows Phone, found that 165 items are added to the app store on average each day. Around 68% of submissions were free apps, with 23% being paid. Only 9% were paid apps but with a free trial.

It’s estimated that the

By Dani Millward, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile Analytics.

Android grabs over half of smartphone market share

The massive variety of phones offering Google’s operating software, plus a huge increase in global smartphone sales, have contributed to more than half of new devices being sold running Android, according to new figures from research firm Gartner.

Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, was released last month, aiming to deliver a consistent user experience across the many types of handset currently running the Android software.

Android’s market share has more than doubled in the last year, with the...

By Matthew Henkes, 16 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile.

Amazon buys its own Siri service

Amazon purchased new voice-recognition technology two months ago, according to a new filing from the SEC.

The startup, named Yap, offers voice-to-text transcription that was originally aimed at teenagers in 2007. It then expanded to voicemail services, which mysteriously shut down in October.

The document doesn’t state Amazon’s name, however Yap has recently joined a company called ‘Dion Acquisition Sub Inc’, which is based in Seattle at the same address...

By Dani Millward, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Tablet.

Amazon Kindle Fire gets 1000s more apps

Thousands more applications and games will be available to use on the Amazon Kindle Fire when it's launched next week.

People across the US will be able to access many Android apps, including Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and The Weather Channel, alongside games from Zynga, EA and Rovio.

Customers will also be offered a paid app for free every day. All apps downloaded from the Amazon

By Dani Millward, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, Research, Tablet.

Adobe Stops Development of Flash Mobile Browser

Adobe has ceased the development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices, ZDNet reports citing an upcoming announcement from Adobe.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations,” says Adobe’s announcement which is reportedly due to be released today.

Instead, Adobe...

By 3Squared, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.