Microsoft is taking steps to clean up its application storefront by removing apps whose name, category listing or icon might mislead customers. So far, Microsoft has removed 1,500 such apps and plans to keep on working with developers in an effort to clean up the store.
The vast mobile applications ecosystem, enabled by the ability of apps to run on a shared smartphone infrastructure or operating system, has created open doors for hackers that want to obtain personal information from mobile device users. And the threat is believed to extend across Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems, according to a group of university researchers.
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.
If the frenzy of acquisitions in the mobile application analytics market continues, it's going to be difficult for developers to keep track of where all the mobile app data is going and, more importantly, who's the best provider of services that will help them boost their businesses. Special report.
Sprint is launching a new service for Android smartphones called "App Pass" that will give users unlimited access to a select catalog of applications and games for $5 per month, after a 14-day free trial.
Verizon Wireless is testing a service that lets customer uninstall unwanted applications that are pre-installed on devices. However, for now the service only works on one phone: LG Electronics' G3.
As had been expected, the Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon, alleging that the online retailer made it too easy for children to make millions of dollars' worth of unauthorized in-app purchases on its Kindle tablet devices. The FTC wants to make Amazon refund money spent without parental permission and to stop Amazon from allowing in-app purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism that gives parents more control.
As developers have shifted away from a monetization model based on paid downloads to "freemium" or free to play approaches, many of them are looking at in-app purchasing (IAP) as a better way to create a revenue stream for their work. However, there's one major concern that could drag on both big and small app vendors: in-app fraud. Special report
Amazon said it is prepared to go to court with the Federal Trade Commission rather than submit to increased oversight and other measures the FTC says are needed to ensure children do not make unauthorized in-app purchases from apps in Amazon's Appstore.
BlackBerry announced a deal to gain access to the 240,000 apps and games in Amazon's Appstore, greatly expanding the number of apps BlackBerry 10 customers can use. The agreement was announced hours ahead of what is expected to be a major foray by Amazon into the mobile market with the introduction of its first smartphone.