Posts Tagged ‘App Stores’

Newsflash: Skype Launches an App Store

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Newsflash: Skype has apparently just launched an app store for Skype “plugins” – http://shop.skype.com/apps/, which, at my last count, lists 24 apps.

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Skype’s app directory charges the industry standard of 30% commission.

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Opera Launches Cross-Platform Mobile Store

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Opera, in partnership with Appia, has announced the launch of its mobile app store – Opera Mobile Store, which can be accessed via a featured Speed dial link in Opera Mini or Opera Mobile browsers. Alternatively, you can also access it via mobilestore.opera.com from any mobile web browser. The Opera Mobile Store is a cross-platform app store that is powered by Appia’s storefront commerce technologies, offering apps for Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems. In its pre-launch state, the Opera Mobile Store attracted more than 15 million users in February from 200 countries, achieving more than 700,000 downloads per day.

Opera Mobile Store

Opera Mobile Store

Opera has also launched the Opera Publisher Portal to provide developers with tools and resources to get their applications onto the Opera Mobile Store and in front of Opera users.

Opera Publisher Portal

Play Angry Birds on Your PC!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Angry Birds is now available for the PC, via the Intel AppUp – an app store for Windows netbooks.

Nokia Ovi is Top App Store in China

Friday, January 21st, 2011

According to a study conducted by 艾瑞咨询 (iResearch), Nokia Ovi store is the top mobile app store in China, with 65.2% of users frequently accessing it. In second place, is China Mobile’s Mobile Market at 57.7%. Note that app stores such as China Mobile’s Mobile Market is a cross-platform marketplace, so it is possible that a user may access both Nokia Ovi Store and Mobile Market, or access both Android Market and Mobile Market, meaning that the statistics add up to more than 100%.

Android Market, Windows Marketplace and iPhone App Store are in (distant) 3rd, 4th and 5th place with 13.7%, 11.1%, and 9.4% respectively.

Credits: iResearch

艾瑞咨询 (iResearch) suggests that Ovi store dominates the China market through the sheer volume of Nokia handsets in the China market, while China Mobile is the largest mobile operator. However, 艾瑞咨询 (iResearch) also speculates that market will even out as the number of Android and iOS devices grow in China. I think another reason why Android Market and iPhone App Store are languishing is the fact that they currently accept payment only in credit cards, but credit cards had yet to be ubiquitous in China, particularly in less urban regions.

Newsflash: Apple Opens Mac App Store

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Apple has announced that Mac App Store, the app store for Mac computers, is now open for business and features more than 1000 free and paid apps.

http://www.apple.com/mac/app-store/

The group that will benefit most from the Mac App Store will probably be developers of small, cute and cheap games that can induce impulse purchases from bored individuals. Developers of more “serious” applications will probably see less success; most people won’t purchase a $100 software that takes 1 full day to download on impulse.

Android Market Overhauls GUI; Reduces Refund Window

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Android Developers Blog have announced that they’ll be rolling out a new version of the Android Market client to all Android phones running version 1.6 and above over the next 2 weeks.

In addition to GUI changes, there are also other important policy changes, such as the increase of the max .apk (Android Package) size from 25 MB to 50 MB; expect to see richer games and applications.

However, the refund window will be reduced drastically from the current 24 hours to 15 mins! Though I had felt that 24 hours was too long and unfair to developers, 15 min may be a little too short. Sometimes I’ll let my phone download the apps while I do something else, and only return to test downloaded app half an hour later.

GUI changes
Now:

Android Market main page

Application Information page

New:

New Main page (Credits: Android Developers blog

(The new “Install/Free” button reminds me of Apple App Store, LOL)

Application Information page (Credits: Android Developers blog)