Struggling phone maker BlackBerry offered some positive news this week with the announcement that 12 small Android phone makers have agreed to pre-install its BBM messaging application on their Android phones. Further, the company launched its BBM Channels service, a Twitter-style social engagement platform within BlackBerry's Messenger service that allows customers to connect with businesses, brands, celebrities and groups.
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.
Combining public Wi-Fi networks with Apple iOS apps can result in a dangerous mix, given a coding issue uncovered by an Israeli startup.
In a tale of two tablet vendors, product releases this week from Nokia and Apple reveal strikingly different approaches to wireless connectivity. However, the approaches are not surprising given the companies' histories.
BlackBerry said that within the first 24 hours of availability, more than 10 million users had downloaded the cross-platform version of its signature Messenger app for Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms. The BBM rollout is a bright spot for the struggling smartphone maker, which is considering going private and is reportedly being circled by other potential buyers.
BlackBerry made its signature Messenger chat service available on Monday afternoon to users of Google's Android and Apple's iOS platforms after weeks of delay. However, customers who did not pre-register to get the app will likely need to get a spot in line and wait a bit before getting access.
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform posted its highest sales share to date of 9.2 per cent across the five major European markets of the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, and is now within one percentage point of iOS in Germany, according to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The recent acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft may not do a lot to help the world's largest software company attract more users to Windows Phone apps, according to a recent study by Embarcadero.
Don't even bother typing "iPhone 5S" into Google. The volume of search results will be overwhelming. Try a term like "iPhone 5S apps" instead, however, and you'll immediately notice a void.
Each month, FierceMobileContent looks at the best and brightest, spotlighting the new apps that you need to download to your smartphone ASAP. This month, Editor Jason Ankeny selected "Disney Animated" as the best of the bunch for August. For the full list and details, check out this special report.