There are still some small businesses--admittedly, very, very small businesses--that still don't have a website. Unless it's a convenience store or something so mom-and-pop that you get to know the owners really well, it's hard not to think of such firms as fly-by-night. The same thing applies to app developers with no visible means of contact, which explains why Google is cracking down with an unpopular new policy.
Verizon Communications wants to build a new coalition of wireless carriers and device makers to create an application storefront that would be an alternative to Google's Play Store, according to a report from The Information. The new store could let app developers take advantage of network-specific functionality, advertise their wares in the store and give consumers more proactive tips about which apps to use, the report said.
Rapid growth in emerging markets saw Google Play worldwide quarterly downloads exceed iOS App Store downloads by around 60 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to App Annie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.