Starbucks is overhauling its long-running Pick of the Week digital content promotion and will now offer consumers free mobile applications and e-books directly through its branded app for Apple's iOS.
Downloads from the four leading application storefronts--Apple's App Store, Google Play, BlackBerry World and Microsoft's Windows Phone Store--climbed to a total of 13.4 billion worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, an 11 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2012, research firm Canalys reports.
Apple has removed the popular discovery and deals service AppGratis from its App Store, continuing its efforts to eliminate iOS applications that promote apps other than the developer's own.
Apple has introduced age-rating notification boxes below each iOS application's developer credits, a move that could assuage consumers and watchdog groups calling for greater transparency around the App Store shopping experience.
Following a record-breaking holiday season, daily downloads from Apple's App Store plunged 13 percent in February, according to mobile user acquisition platform Fiksu.
Beginning May 1, Apple will no longer accept iOS applications or app updates that access unique device identifiers [UDIDs] in iPhones and iPads.
The fact Apple took at least six months to plug what many see as a major security hole in its App Store both shocked and appalled developers who took to social media to suggest consumers should expect more from the company.
Apple has added security encryption to its App Store, almost a year after a Google researcher brought a vulnerability to the company's attention that allowed users to make unauthorized purchases.
Rovio Entertainment is making the original version of its blockbuster mobile game Angry Birds available as a free download from Apple's App Store.
Operator storefronts and portals now yield just 6 percent of mobile content downloads worldwide, far behind Apple's App Store and Google Play at a combined 70 percent, Juniper Research reports.