Software ecosystems are obviously among the most important parts of the mobile experience these days, and Apple s is second to none. The company has managed to create an environment that fosters the creation of apps that are beautiful, useful and functional. Of course, these great apps are buried under a mountain of crap.
While all the OSes bet on the app count in their respective markets, a new study released by StarDust on app details on iOS, Windows Phone, and Google Play platforms has revealed a striking finding that over 50 percent (more than 700,000) of the total apps available on these stores are dead apps and will possibly never receive an update. Earlier this month, it was found that a single developer was responsible for a third of all apps in BlackBerry's App World.
Apple is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the App store this week and to celebrate the momentous occasion some of the most popular apps on the App Store have gone free for a week. Amongst the large library of apps, Rovio s popular Angry Birds Star Wars is also available for free for the iPad and the iPhone.
Apple s App Store is soon to touch the 50 billion download mark and the iPhone maker has posted a countdown to award a $10,000 App Store Gift Card to the person who downloads the 50 billionth app. Apple will also give away a $500 App Store Gift Card each to the next 50 customers downloading apps following the lucky winner.
Apple today announced users have downloaded over 45 billion unique apps (does not include redownloads and updates) from the App Store. This comes roughly three months after it had announced crossing the 40 billion figure in January. The company claims that app developers have made over $9 billion from selling their apps from the Store, $4.5 billion of which has come from the most recent four quarters. In January, Apple had said developers had made over $7 billion, which means that they made roughly $2 billion in this quarter alone.
Apple might never participate at CES but it knows how to time its announcement to ensure it dominate the mind share. Just hours before CES 2013 officially kicks off, Apple has announced its App Store has topped 40 billion downloads, half of which came in 2012 alone! The iPhone maker says there are over 500 million active App Store accounts and over 2 billion downloads happened in December alone.
Earlier today, Apple flipped on the switch for Rupee pricing of apps in its Indian App Store. We were quite excited by the development and could finally get the real price of apps, rather than guessing how much it would cost in Rupees after doing a rough conversion. However, it seems that the update has broken the App Store for many users, including myself. The credit card associated with iTunes that was working fine till yesterday suddenly isn't able to process any transactions. I have been hearing (and participating) in online chatter and I'm certainly not the only one.
Apple iOS users across the world are facing problems downloading apps from the App Store as a recent Terms and Conditions update seems to have broken the App Store. When users try to download apps (both new or already purchased), they are asked to accept the new terms and conditions. However, that leads into an infinite loop that keeps popping the same message again even on accepting the terms. We are not facing the issue but it seems to be pretty widespread and some of our readers are reporting about facing the same.
Draw Something had recently hit 50 million download mark and was the most popular paid iPhone app by surpassing Rovio's Angry Birds Space. The game is inspired by Pictionary, where users challenge each other to draw pictures of almost anything using their fingers. But one very disappointing fact about this app was users couldn't save their drawings. However, with an update which has just hit this app, both in Google Play as well as in Apple's App Store, users will now be able to save their drawings in the photo library, upload photos directly to Facebook and Twitter, and comment on people s drawings.
A couple of months ago, Google unveiled its news aggregation app called Currents for Android. The app garnered critical acclaim for its original but fluid interface but we were left gasping as the app was available only in the US Play Store and the Apple App store. This, however, has changed today as Google released the app outside the US, including India, with version 1.1.
In a move to populate its Windows Phone Marketplace with more apps, Microsoft and Nokia have decided to invest up to 18 million Euros in the next three years in a special mobile applications development program which they have started in collaboration with the Aalto University in Helsinki. The AppCampus program has been set up to encourage young talent as well as entrepreneurs to develop newer mobile applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem as well as for the Nokia platforms, including Symbian and Series 40. The program will hit it off from May and the University will not only be providing premises but will also offer coaching services and access to both academic as well business networks for budding app developers.
The iPhoto app for the iPad and the iPhone has hit 1 million unique users in less than 10 days after its release on March 7. This app was announced by Apple at the launch event of the new iPad in San Francisco this month and can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. Mind you, Apple is counting the number of unique users and not the number of downloads since a single user can download one app multiple times. iPhoto app works with iCloud, lets you stream photos on various devices, allows you to edit them with tons of effects and also lets you share them on various social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and many more.
UPDATE: The App Store has crossed the 25 billion app download milestone! Apple's App Store is about to clock 25 billion app downloads within the next 24 hours according to our off-the-hand calculation. It took Apple three years to reach the 15 billion download mark while the latest 10 billion apps have been downloaded in less than eight months! Considering Apple announced hitting the 15 billion download mark on July 7, 2011, we estimate an average of over 40 million app downloads everyday. However, the actual rate of download would be much higher, considering Apple added 62 million iOS devices (iPhones, iPads and iPod touch) in the last quarter alone. I also expect a spike in app downloads today considering the 25 billion download mark approaching and the competition around it. Read on for more.
Apple's App Store is about to hit yet another milestone - the 25 billionth app download. As always, Apple is holding a competition to mark the milestone by giving away a $10,000 App Store/iTunes Store gift voucher to the person who downloads the 25 billionth app - it doesn't matter if the app was paid
Just to put things into perspective of how bad 2011 has been for Research In Motion, smartphone analyst Brian Hall points out that the company is now less valued than the value of Apple's App Store alone. At $13.44 a share, RIM is worth just $7.04 billion, which is less than the company's books. Which
Amazon has pushed an update for its Kindle app on iOS to fall in line with Apple's new policy that requires magazine, newspaper and book publishers/retailers to enable in-app purchases rather than giving a link within the app that redirects users to their own payment gateway. The updated Kindle app no longer has a link to Amazon's Kindle Store and users will now have to go to Amazon's website directly to purchase books that will be pushed automatically to their iOS devices. Another e-book retailer Kobo and publisher WSJ have also disabled links that allowed users to buy books or subscribe to WSJ respectively. Hit the jump to find out why...
Apple's App Store for iOS devices have logged over 15 billion app downloads, the company said today in a statement. The Store has over 425,000 apps, with over 100,000 of them created specifically for the iPad, making it the largest app repository for any single smartphone and tablet operating system. Apple has not mentioned what proportion of these downloads were paid apps but the company has so far paid developers over $2.5 billion. Apple shares 70 per cent of the revenue with developers while pocketing the rest.
Zynga, the company that made Facebook a gaming platform with games like Farmville, Cityville and Empires & Allies has announced the launch of Hanging With Friends for iOS devices. The game is a twist on the classic word game 'Hangman'. Players choose their avatars from a line-up of colorful characters and need to guess words