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App Annie: Freemium makes up 98% of Google Play revenue

Freemium apps contributed almost half of Google Play downloads in May and revenue from freemium apps grew to around 98 percent of total worldwide Google Play revenue in the same month, according to App Annie.

Distimo: Here's what happened once Google Play added three times as many genres

A major change in the categorization of mobile games on Google Play last March means there are now 18 genres, or three times as many as before, notes a new report from Distimo. 

What the Virus Shield fiasco says about Android security

Virus Shield may go down as one of the strangest failures to launch--or at least launch properly--in mobile app history, but that doesn't mean the scores of consumers who downloaded it were making a big mistake.

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. 

Report: Apple ponders iTunes app for Android, a new streaming music service

Apple is considering creating an iTunes app for smartphones running Google's Android software, according to a  Billboard  report. Such a move would break with Apple's strategy of keeping iTunes only for its mobile devices running its iOS software.

Distimo: Google Play revenue grew 51% over the last six months

The growth of Google Play revenue over the course of 2013 should serve as a warning to Apple, according to Distimo. Distimo's Year in Review report looked at the top downloads by country, app business models and more. 

What a 'designed for tablets' label says about an app

There are plenty of ways to explain what responsive design is, but here's my favorite: If you're squinting at the screen, it's not a responsive design.  Google, on the other hand, recently decided that no matter how well developers manage to make an app render across different devices, consumers will be better served if they are able to shop by form factor. That's the only rational explanation for  the recently-launched "Design ed for Tablets" section  that now appears in its Google Play app store.

Distimo, MEF report says free apps with in-app purchases generate 'majority of revenue'

In-app purchases made in free apps are the primary way that developers make money in both of the world's major app stores, according to a report from Distimo and the MEF. The two organizations partnered on a new study of the revenue generated from smartphone apps on a global basis.

YouTube, Angry Birds among top iOS, Android apps, says Distimo

The more things change, the more they stay the same, based on some new data from Distimo. To some extent, it seems the "iPhone effect" continues to hold for developers, obviously favoring some of the largest publishers most of all.

Google Play's "referral flow" streamlines app tracking

You can spend what feels like your entire life looking at the numbers in Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Analytics. The reports just go deeper and deeper, with each area bringing up more questions about...