Will Amazon's in-app purchasing API entice developers?

Amazon has rolled out its in-app purchasing API and subscription functionality for Kindle Fire and Android developers.

The new API will allow developers to offer digital content and subscriptions--such as in-game currency, expansion packs, upgrades, and magazine issues--for purchase within apps. Amazon will take a classic 30% cut of revenues.

The announcement will be welcomed by developers who, a year after the launch of Amazon App Store which runs on the new Kindle Fire and Android devices, have found...

By Matt Henkes, 10 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Girls Around Me devs hit back at stalker critics #BrandingFail

I-Free, the Russian dev house behind the “Girls Around Me” app has fired back at criticism that its app was simply a tool for weird men to ‘stalk’ women.

The app, which had been downloaded from Apple’s App Store over 70,000 times but has now been removed, mashed location data from Foursquare with public Facebook information to show users, presumably guys, which women had checked into local bars, providing their profile images and sometimes relationship status.

Foursquare has now...

By Matt Henkes, 03 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Social media.

Late Google Play payment poses serious support questions

Google has apologised, albeit briefly, to Android developers who had to wait almost two weeks for late Google Checkout payments; but question marks have been raised over the company's developer support services.

Developers from around the world had complained on the Android forum that payment had not been received for apps that had been downloaded from Google Play in...

By Matt Henkes, 19 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

Mozilla partners with Telefonica on new mobile web-OS #mwc12

Mozilla has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on its new browser based mobile OS.

The first phones are expected to launch later this year, running on an Android kernel, with processes like calls, messaging and games run though the Firefox browser. Mozilla has also partnered with the processor manufacturer Qualcomm to build the hardware for the devices.

The technology behind Mozilla’s new phones enables the component price to be drastically reduced, said...

By Matt Henkes, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, HTML5.

Android apps are too expensive, say analysts

Paid for apps available through Android Market are overpriced, according to industry analysts, to the extent that the pricing is upsetting the balance of the industry.

Canalys, the smart market insight specialist, reported that the top paid Android apps are dramatically more expensive that their Apple App Store equivalent. In the US, for instance, the top 100 iPhone apps would set you back $147, while the top 100 list on Android stings you for a whopping $374.37, an average of $3.74 per app.

The top 10 or 20...

By Matt Henkes, 24 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.