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The secret to successful mobile app crowdfunding campaigns

It may be getting near impossible to convince consumers to pay even 99 cents for a download, but that doesn't mean developers aren't able to get hundreds or even thousands of dollars in donations long before their app is ever released. From projects as diverse as The Human Project and Backtrack, developers are using crowdfunding to create and validate their offerings.

App Annie: iOS apps get 85% more revenue than Android

iOS apps earn 85 percent more revenue than Android, based on data from the latest App Annie Market Index. The company culled information across both Apple's App Store and Google Play using its proprietary App Annie Intelligence system. 

Amazon smartphone pictures give developers an eyeful

First came the Kindle. Then the Kindle Fire tablet. Now, Amazon is raising eyebrows again with a smartphone that looks radically different than what many might have expected.

The app spam fallout: How developers will need to rethink SMS

Encouraging the take-up of social networking, messaging and gaming apps is one thing, but some app providers are involved in "growth hacking"--achieved through mass SMS app promotion invitations sent on behalf of users who install the apps. Mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile recently took a closer look at this trend and how different strategies are playing out.

Crittercism: Few apps can offer 99% uptime

Nearly half of all mobile apps can't reach the gold standard of 99 percent uptime, according to Crittercism. The company recently released its Mobile Experience Benchmark Report, which looked at a staggering 3 billion events a day over the course of one month.

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