Items tagged with App Store

Oh, Apple. We're not even three full days into the new year, and already the company's looking to make a statement. In a bid to keep their status alive in 2012, the company is reportedly planning a New York City-based event in late January, just weeks after CES ends and a few weeks before Mobile World Congress begins. Unfortunately, for the dreams, there's no iPad 3 or Apple TV news on the docket. So, what's it about? Well, that's where it gets foggy. All Things D is reporting that the event will focus on media, and Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue will be on hand. The last time he came to NYC for an event, The Daily was launched in a News Corp. keynote. Eddy's in charge of... Read more...
When the Wii U finally launches sometime in 2012, it won’t just be a tablet-and-console that buyers will get; according to a report from The Daily, Nintendo is working on an app store, as well. Instead of the Wii Shop and DSi shop, which offer users a convenient way to acquire games and a handful of tools, the new app store will offer much more. Some apps will run on the console, and some will operate just on the touchscreen controller. Such an app store only makes sense, as it could both give the touchscreen controller more tablet-like functionality (especially for youngsters who don’t need a full-fledged tablet) and also make the console act as a lightweight computer using the TV... Read more...
We aren't ashamed of it: we have an unnatural love affair with all-things RAGE around here, and anyone even remotely into the gaming scene would probably agree. It's pretty remarkable to see what high-end gaming has become, even on the mobile front. Just a few years ago, imagining a scenario where cutting-edge titles were able to be played on the same device that you use to call mom on Mother's Day was hard to do. Now, the iPhone is a mobile gaming hurricane, and even companies like Sony and Nintendo have to keep the App Store in mind due to its serious impact in how we think about the quality and delivery of titles. RAGE HD is the iOS version of id Software's next monster, and most say it's... Read more...
We've seen a number of prominent tablets launch so far this year, including the Motorola Xoom, BlackBerry Playbook, Galaxy Tab 10.1, and Hp TouchPad. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, but none has managed to hold a candle to the iPad / iPad 2. Whether measured in terms of sales or consumer anticipation, the iPad continues to outsell all challengers, even when challenged by products that outflank it in terms of technical specs or price point. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is planning to dive into these shark-infested waters with a tablet of its own. Little is known about the device (it's rumored to feature a nine-inch screen); the paper quotes unnamed sources as saying... Read more...
Whether you think of Apple as makers of the trendiest and best performing mobile products on the planet or view Steve Jobs' 'Evil Empire' with the same contempt that Boston Red Sox fans have for the New York Yankees, Apple's doing well either way. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. Despite a growing army of Android users, Apple today announced to the world that more than 200 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users worldwide have downloaded over 15 billion apps from the App Store. "In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president... Read more...
The iPad has reached a notable milestone: There are now over 100,000 applications made specifically for this tablet. Considering the iPad has been available for less than a year and a half and developers have only had access to the iPad's software development kit since January 2010, this is a noteworthy accomplishment. Although the iPad launched with the promise of supporting "almost all" of the apps previously on the App Store, many applications still benefit from a design that is made specifically with the larger screen of the iPad in mind.   When Apple introduced the iPad 2 in March of this year, the company said it had about 65,000 applications in the App Store designed with the iPad... Read more...
Not too long ago, we covered news that Microsoft--in an apparent bid to steal Apple's thunder--was offering a free XBox 360 with the purchase of any qualifying PC. Apple has offered a "free" iPod Touch for several years. The company didn't actually ship an iPod with each system; students were required to order both, then submit a rebate to Apple for the cost of the iPod. In the past, these rebates have been worth as much as $299, making them an attractive treat. Apple's new strategy is to offer all students a $100 gift card for use in the Mac App Store, iBookstore, iTunes, or the App Store. This is a lousy move for several reasons. Not only does it chop up to $199 off the value of the original... Read more...
While we wait on official word from Apple. unofficially, the App Store is now home to more than 500,000 applications for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. That's an incredible milestone, especially given Apple's often tight restrictions for what passes muster as an allowable app. That half a million figure is according to Chomp (application search engine), 148apps (iOS app news and reviews site), and Chillingo (independent games publisher and a division of Electronic Arts). The three firms put together a long infographic celebrating the App Store's ascent to 500,000 apps, as well as a bunch of statistics. Image Credit: Chomp, 148apps, Chillingo According to the graphic, the App Store boasts over... Read more...
If you're wondering if the paid apps turned free that Amazon.com distributes every day in its Amazon Appstore are getting much uptake, the answer is yes. How do we know? Via Appbrain's daily hot list of apps. Appbrain, which used to be the only way to browse the Android Market via the Web before Google opened its Android Market on the web at market.android.com, still has a number of nice features, including being able to see what the hot apps are for the day, and for the week. Inevitably, the app that Amazon.com makes free, ends up at the top of the list. For example, on Sunday, May 15, Amazon.com made Guns'n'Glory its free app. Where was it in Appbrain's daily hot list by mid-evening Sunday... Read more...
Eager to get an app store for the Nintendo 3DS? You'll have to wait a little longer. Nintendo has just announced that the 3DS eShop is still coming, but it'll be early June before it launches. Not too big a delay, and just look at things this way: it'll give you more time to master those augmented reality titles. According to the press release, the eShop will bring a web browser, a number of new features and enhancements and a June 6/7 launch to the U.S., Japan and Europe. That coincides with E3, and we doubt it's by coincidence. Hopefully, that tied-in launch will mean even more items in the store when it finally launches. Patience is key, right?... Read more...
Google's Android Market has grown tremendously and has surpassed the 200,000-application mark recently. With the vast number of applications available, however, it's becoming harder and harder for consumers to sort through these apps to find the best of the best. Google understands this and has plans to help applications stand out in the crowd with a refresh to the Android Market. In the coming weeks, Android devices should receive an update to the Market. The web-based version will also get an update. On the Web-based Android Market, you'll see five new categories to help you sort through applications: Top Apps, Editor's Choice, Top Developers, Related Apps, and Trending Apps. The Android Market... Read more...
Charlie Sheen has previously said that his mind is too much for a normal person to handle. What is going to happen now that people can have his brain in their pocket? It's a new iOS app, called The MaSheen. According to the app's blurb, it will put the mind of Charlie Sheen in your pocket. During an interview, Sheen said, “If you borrowed my brain for five seconds, you’d be like, ‘Dude! Can’t handle it, unplug this bastard!’” It fires in a way that’s maybe not from, uh… this terrestrial realm.” It's hard to see how that could fit into your pocket. The app isn't free, though. It's $2.99. It currently rates 3.5 stars out of 4. However, it's... Read more...
For just about anything you need to do on the mobile side, "there's an App for that." It's a saying that has been beaten to death, but it's sticking around because it's largely true. For just about anything, you can find something to do the trick in Apple's App Store. Georgia Tech has just issued a new 3D Scanner iPhone App, and it's said to be a $0.99 tool for a problem that usually requires hundreds of dollars per year. It's called Trimensional, the first app that allows users with an iPhone 4, iPad 2 or recent iPod Touch to take 3-D scans of faces or other objects and share them by e-mail. Now in the latest update, users can also e-mail animated videos of their 3D models. For a few dollars... Read more...
For a while now, there's been a rumor claiming RIM's upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android apps. Now, RIM has given us some confirmation this is true. In a recent press release, RIM confirmed Android apps will run on the PlayBook tablet, though not in the way you might expect. You see, the Android Market won't be operable on the PlayBook. Instead, users will be able to access Android apps via BlackBerry App World. There's another catch: At least for now, the PlayBook will only support Android 2.3 apps. Considering the number of apps available through the Android Market, this should be a good move for RIM because it will expand upon the PlayBook's functionality with less... Read more...
Starting next week, Android application developers will be able to charge for updates and other extras from within their apps. Eric Chu, who is part of Google's Android Developer Ecosystem, recently explained in a blog post that developers will be able to upload and test apps to ensure the service is working. Testing begins this week, with the full launch of the service taking place next week. In-App Billing on Android Market: Ready for Testing Posted by Dirk Dougherty on 24 March 2011 at 1:25 PM [This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. —Dirk Dougherty] Back in January we announced our plan to introduce Android Market In-app Billing this quarter. We're pleased to let you... Read more...
Samsung has reason to celebrate today. The company announced that its app store, called Samsung Apps, has logged more than 100 million downloads. What's even more impressive is that it took Samsung less than a year to reach the 100 million milestone, with Samsung Apps launching in June 2010. Samsung Apps is filled with some 13,000 apps and is available in over 120 countries. France, Germany, and Spain account for about 40 percent of the total downloads, with Magic Torch, Need for Speed Shift, Asphalt 5, London Traffic, and Ndrive France ranking as the most downloaded apps, Samsung says. "We are anticipating that Samsung Apps will show a rapid growth in 2011," Samsung said in a statement. So how... Read more...
Apple has sued Amazon.com over the use of the name "App Store." Amazon.com just today launched a new Android marketplace called the Amazon Appstore. However, Apple applied to register "App Store" as a trademark in the U.S., and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office approved the application. That said, Microsoft has appealed to the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, in an attempt to have Apple's trademark application dismissed, basing its argument on the genericness of "App Store." In its lawsuit against Amazon.com, Apple said that it contacted Amazon three times and demanded that the online retailer cease using the name and that Amazon had not “provided a substantive response.”... Read more...
Did you know that Amazon will soon be launching their very own App Store for Android? It's true. Soon, Android users will have access to the standard Android Market (ran by Google) and the Amazon Appstore for Android (ran by Amazon). Why does Amazon need their own app store? The reasons are numerous and complicated, but the primary reason is that they already have a massive customer base, and a base with credit cards already on file. And since they already sell so many Android devices (tablets, e-readers, phones, etc.), there's a big opportunity to also sell apps to those customers. In fact, developers who submit their apps to the Amazon Appstore will benefit majorly from one thing in particular:... Read more...
The new App Store rules that Apple announced on Tuesday were planted in a news release about subscriptions.  However, after a number of inquiries from different places, it's clear it's much more far-reaching than that, and at least one content publisher is intimating that leaving the App Store is a distinct possibility. As some feared, the changes are more widespread.  For one, it looks like Amazon.com's Kindle app will be affected by the changes that were announced by Apple on Tuesday. Although the changes seemed to be about subscriptions, it seems that Apple wants its cut of any goods, including digital, served through an iOS app. Apple has confirmed that does not want a cut... Read more...
Following the recent release of News Corp.'s "The Daily" app, Apple today made official a new subscription service available to all publishers of content-based apps on the App Store. This includes magazines, newspapers, video, music, and more. Apple says subscriptions will be sold using the same App Store billing system already in place, providing a seamless transition to a new way of doing business. "Our philosophy is simple — when Apple brings a new subscriber to the app, Apple earns a 30 percent share; when the publisher brings an existing or new subscriber to the app, the publisher keeps 100 percent and Apple earns nothing," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "All we require is that,... Read more...
How many times have you downloaded a free app from the App Store, played with it once, and discarded it? Or Android users, how many times have you done the same or bought an app, used it once, then refunded it (ahem, Apple)? Apparently, people do it a lot. According to Localytics, 26 percent of the apps downloaded in were tried once, and never again. That was just long enough to decide the app was worthless, not as advertised, or just not what was expected. Here's what they said: Localytics studied the thousands of Android, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 apps using its real-time app analytics service. For all new customers of an app in 2010, Localytics looked for the first time... Read more...
Little did Gail Davis know that she was the winner of Apple's 10 billionth App download promotion, because had she known that, she wouldn't have hung on up the Cupertino company. But that's exactly what she did when Apple called to inform her she had won a $10,000 iTunes gift card. "I thought it was a prank call," says Davis. "I said, 'Thank you very much, I'm not interested,' and I hung up." According to Cult of Mac, it was actually one of Davis' two daughters who downloaded the app, who bolted downstairs to tell their mother the horrible mistake she had made. Davis tried to call Apple back, but the customer service rep on the other end of the line had no idea what she was talking about. Lucky... Read more...
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