Items tagged with App Store

Nokia has officially announced at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, that it is launching an app store for its smartphones, which Nokia is calling the Ovi Store. The Ovi Store will be open to developers to upload content starting next month, and it will be ready for users to start downloading content beginning in May. The Ovi Store comes on the heels of Apple's highly successful App Store for its iPhone and iPod touch devices, and the growing Android Market for the nascent Android platform. "The Ovi Store will consolidate the best experiences from the current content services including Download!, MOSH and WidSets to a single channel... The content will range from applications,... Read more...
There is no denying the popularity of Apple's App store, which offers free and paid applications for the iPhone and iPod touch. By some reports, almost 21,000 apps are currently available for download from the App Store--a very impressive metric, considering that the App Store is only seven months old. But the iPhone is not the only smartphone with a centralized location from where users can download applications for their devices; and the marketplace for smartphone downloads is about to get a lot more crowded. Right now the only real "competition" to Apple's App Store is the Android Market. Presently, anyone using an Android-based phone can download applications from the Android Market, which... Read more...
Crackulous is a one-click iPhone / iPod Touch app cracking tool. Previously it was only available to a select few, but it's now been released as a public beta. Obviously not good news for developers, it adds yet another reason to the list of reasons to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch. Some of them are legitimate, such as being able to get functionality (such as Copy and Paste) or tethering that are not available on non-jailbroken iPhones. Being able to spread apps around after cracking isn't legit, of course. Here's the info: CRACKULOUS v.9 We at Hackulous have decided to open up the beta version of Crackulous for the entire community. If you haven't already heard about Crackulous, it's an... Read more...
If the rumors circulating around the Internet are true, Apple is about to take on Nintendo and Sony for mobile games dominance. Actually, this war has already been heating up as Apple's App Store now includes over 15,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod touch--with many of the more popular ones being games--and Apples claims that over half a billion apps have been downloaded from the App store since the App store launched only just over six months ago. Allegedly, the next step for Apple will be to launch a "Premium" games section in the App store, where games from first-tier game developers will be sold for $19.99 each. If this rumor is true, it comes at an opportune time for Apple, which has just... Read more...
A censored version of an e-book which had been rejected over "objectionable content" has been allowed to enter the App Store. The book, Knife Music, by C|Net Editor David Carnoy, was submitted using an embedded e-reader. As such, it was subject to a clause of the iPhone SDK, section 3.3.12 which states:"Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users."The author now states of the new version of the e-book (available for free):All explicit words or scenes have been... Read more...
In every family, there’s generally at least one prankster. He loves to put Vaseline on a doorknob, saran wrap your car, or sneak the occasional whoopee cushion under your chair. And while it’s not always fun to be on the receiving end, we must admit, we’ve pulled a few jokes on people and enjoyed the laughs that ensued. As it turns out, helping others play jokes on friends and family can be a pretty lucrative business: In fact, Joel Comm, the developer of the iFart application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, admits to making over $40,000 in just two days! Comm has been very open and honest about his success, sharing sales figures on his blog. On December 12th, the iFart app was ranked... Read more...
Apple's App Store has rejected an e-book over what it called "objectionable content" (meaning, the f-word, and some sexual content), citing a clause in the iPhone SDK. This is just another example of what some have called the "nightmarish" App Store approval process. The book, Knife Music, by C|Net Editor David Carnoy, was submitted using an embedded e-reader, which is how the SDK clause came into play. Section 3.3.12 of the iPhone SDK Agreement states: "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgment may be found objectionable... Read more...
Yesterday, we learned a little bit about Palm’s upcoming Nova OS and the first family of devices that will use Nova. After partnering with PocketGear, Palm now has an app store of its own to help the platform compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry line of devices. This store has over 5,000 apps, 1,000 of which are free. Of course, all of the apps run on Palm OS. (There is a separate shopping app for Palm devices that run Windows Mobile.) The mobile software store supports over 25 Palm devices, so if you’re a current Centro, Treo, or Treo Pro owner, you might want to head on over to appstore.pocketgear.com/palm and check it out for yourself. Once you’ve selected the perfect... Read more...
In late October AT&T finally opened up its hotspots to iPhone users, but it did so by using a rather convoluted system that involves logging in with your phone number and waiting for an SMS with a link to be returned. Devicescape has a app that bypasses all this extra work, and lets you login to an AT&T hotspot with one button click. You install Easy Wi-Fi for AT&T, enter your phone number, and from that point on it's a simple one-click process. The app is currently free, and will stay that way until Dec. 5th, but after that, it'll cost $1.99, quite reasonable to never have to go through all that AT&T hassle again. Devicescape has versions of Easy Wi-Fi for other devices, including... Read more...
You might recall the "Ad Hoc" distribution model, which was used by the developer of the "booted" Podcaster app to distribute his program. That really got him into hot water; its actual use was for beta testing or promo copies. It was a pain to use for promos,though, as developers had to custom build the app for each user. But finally, Apple has given developers a way to hand out promo codes. Developers can hand out up to 50 promo codes for each version of an application. As that implies, the counter gets reset when a new version is uploaded to the App Store. A user simply types a code into the "Redeem" section when checking out. One more caveat besides the 50 code limit: it's only available... Read more...
The App Store is doing well, there's no doubt of that. And according to reports, the list of official, approved apps in the App Store has surpassed 10,000. This, of course, doesn't include apps for jailbroken phones. However, it's been pointed out that you take into account apps that have been booted for various reasons, there are somewhat between 9,500 and 10,000 apps in the store. Either way, the App Store is thriving. According to 148Apps, which takes its name from the fact that 148 is the maximum number of applications you can install at once on an iPhone OS device (including default applications), of the 10,086 they have recorded, 2,416 are free, 3,511 are $0.99 and 1,433 are $1.99. Average... Read more...
A job posting spotted on ComputerJobs.com shows that Microsoft is looking for a Senior Product Manager for a project called Skymarket, a "a v1 marketplace service for Windows Mobile." With both Apple and Google either having or planning centralized stores for applications for their platforms, Microsoft's been the odd-man out. There are various stores that sell Windows Mobile software, but nothing centralized and Microsoft-backed. According to the job post: Key Responsibilities include the following: Definition of the product offering, pricing, business model and policies that will make the Windows Mobile marketplace "the place to be" for developers wishing to distribute and monetize their Windows... Read more...
Who decides which apps go up --- and stay up --- on the App Store? After all, something pretty useful like NetShare gets dropped from the App Store a couple of times (all right, all right, I know AT&T wouldn't like it), while something totally frivolous like this app gets posted?The app was named "I am Rich." The name is appropriate, because basically all it did was put the image below (sort of a faux diamond) on your iPhone screen (minus the text, of course). I say "was" because someone came to their senses and removed it.However, obviously, someone who would waste, er, spend his money on this app is rich enough to not care. Hence the name of the app. And yes, this was officially the most... Read more...
Ah yes, the idea was great; the resulting application (NetShare) good enough to make the App Store cut, but then someone at Apple remembered their partner (AT&T) and the app has disappeared from the store. After all, a tethering app would allow an end user to use their iPhone as a modem, not something AT&T would want. And we mention only AT&T because the error message returned is: The item you've requested is not currently available in the U.S. store.Sounds like people in other countries may still be able to get the app. On the other hand, Nullriver, developers of the app, don't even list it on their site. NetShare was priced very reasonably, at $9.99 before it was pulled. Some people... Read more...
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