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App Store reaches 15 billion downloads, developers earn $2.5 billion collectively

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The juggernaut that is the iOS App Store has reached yet another landmark. Apple is now reporting that users have downloaded over 15 billion apps till now from range of 425,000 apps out of which 100,000 are native iPad apps. Apple also said that they have collectively paid developers a cool $2.5 billion, while earning about a billion dollars for themselves thanks to the 70:30 policy.

Whichever way you look at them, those are some serious numbers, especially for a store that came into existence only three years ago. I’m sure Apple competitors would kill to have these numbers, apart from Android which is the only one that comes close. Of course, while it may not be so great for the competitors, the developers are laughing all the way to the bank and even the customers couldn’t be happier with the kind of choice they have. Here’s to another 15 billion downloads. Read more »

Games is the most popular category of downloaded apps in the US, iOS users spend most hours playing

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According to a 30-day survey conducted by Nielsen, games is the most popular category of apps downloaded and used in the US on mobile phones. 64% of the users that were asked said they played games on their phones, with 60% using weather apps and 56% using social networking apps. Also, 93% said that they wouldn’t mind spending their money for a game, as compared to 87% for apps in the entertainment category and 84% for productivity.

On an average, users spend 7.8 hours playing games on their phones. iOS users spend the maximum amount of time, clocking at 14.7 hours while Android users come second with 9.3 hours. Those with BlackBerries, Windows Mobile/Phone devices and feature phones spend less than under 5 hours each Read more »

Gameloft to give away 3 free Android games this weekend

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Gameloft, the developer of some of the finest Android games will be giving away some of its works for free this weekend. There will be three titles in the giveaway, one for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

To participate you need to follow the Gameloft UK account on Twitter, so you can learn on time when a free game has been made available. Each of the giveaway games will only stay free for a couple of hours so unless you pay close attention you might miss it. Read more »

LG Optimus 3D launches in S. Korea along with a bunch of 3D game titles by Gameloft

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LG has just announced the launch of Optimus 3D in South Korea. This is not actually the news here, but thanks to this press release we learned a few other tasty bits about the device.

We finally get to see the list of the free full games to come pre-installed with the Optimus 3D plus the titles to be available at half price. Read more »

Nokia updates Symbian apps design guidelines, tells developers to keep it nice and minimal

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Nokia has updated the Symbian developers guidelines, which should be used by 3rd party developers when creating new Symbian apps. According to the company the new guidelines “should be seen as a style evolution, not a revolution”, but changes are quite significant nonetheless.

The first thing you can expect from future Symbian apps is to use a smaller status bar. So far quite a lot of space got wasted, but Nokia urges the developers to end this. The tab bars should also be updated so they are now easier to press (they should fill the entire row). Read more »

Nokia promises to continue support for N9, still not going to look back at MeeGo

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Stephen Elop may have said that Nokia will not be looking back at MeeGo even if the N9 becomes a success but that does not mean Nokia will be abandoning it altogether after launch.

This assurance comes from Nokia’s Head of Portfolio Management, Klas Ström, who tweeted that Nokia will continue to support the N9 for years and release several software updates for it. We hope Nokia doesn’t plan on launching a buggy device to be actually needing those updates badly but it is nice to know in case it does have a problem you won’t be left out in the cold. Read more »

Spotify coming to the US, accepting invites at the moment

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Although the Americans weren’t exactly starved of good free online music services (Rdio, Grooveshark, Zune Pass, just to name a few) they were deprived of the fabulous Spotify that the Europeans know and love. But not for long. Spotify has just announced that they will be bringing their musical goodness to the good people of Unites States of America.

No launch dates have been mentioned so far but Spotify has started accepting invites on their website. The service is currently being tested in the US and should be available for use soon. Meanwhile you can continue rocking whatever service you have been using so far. Read more »

iPad grabs 1% of global browser market share, lack of Flash support notwithstanding

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The popular iPad has reached yet another milestone where it has grabbed 1.03% of the global web browser market share as of June, 2011. This includes all the web browser, including desktop ones like Internet Explorer and Firefox. To put these figures into perspective, the eight year-old desktop Safari browser has a market share of 7.15% whereas the fifteen year-old Opera browser has a mere 1.11% market share as of April, 2011.

These figures are even higher in the US, where the iPad accounts for 2.1% whereas the iPhone and Android devices have 2.9% and 2.6% market share respectively. Read more »

Google Maps 5.7 for Android brings public transit navigation to the world [VIDEO]

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Google Maps just keeps getting better, folks. The latest update of the popular service, version 5.7, brings a whole bunch of improvements, along with a shiny new feature for its users – Transit Navigation (Beta).

As the name of the brand new feature suggests, Read more »

Facebook now offers video and voice calling to your Facebook buddies, thanks to Skype

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Now here’s something you may have been expecting for some time. At a dedicated Facebook event today, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced some new Facebook features that are going to make their way in the already popular online social service (popular as in 750 million user base popular).

Now the powerful Facebook messaging system gets the option for video calls, group chats and some other new things. Read more »

iPhone 5 to be thinner, lighter and harder to manufacture

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Those iPhone 5 (or 4S) rumors just aren’t going to stop until Steve Jobs finally steps on stage and reveals the next best iOS smartphone. Today ‘s issue of Rumorland daily talks about the size and weight of the upcoming iPhone and speculates on the reason why it missed on its usual July refresh cycle.

Apparently, Apple is going to try and squeeze its next smartphone into an even slimmer shell that weighs less than the iPhone 4. However, this has resulted in a number of complications in the manufacturing process, which might be the reason why the iPhone 5 is late. Read more »

HTC Sensation gets its first OTA update in Europe, it’s not the one you expected

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After leaking last week, the HTC Sensation first update will hardly surprise anyone now, but the news today is it’s now being officially pushed to the smartphone. If you have a European Sensation you can get the 27MB worth of bug-fixes and patches right away without the need for connecting your Sensation to a computer.

Unfortunately this is not the bootloader-unlocking update that most Sensation owners have been waiting for, nor is it the one that brings its Android version up to 2.3.4. Read more »

TI OMAP 4 chipset gets Netflix HD certifications, Optimus 3D leaps with joy

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Yesterday the chip-maker Texas Instruments announced that their OMAP4 mobile chipset is the first to receive the Netflix HD certification. And before you rush to any conclusions, you should know this doesn’t mean that this will be the only chipset compatible with the app.

Instead, the certification comes to show that Netflix believes that OMAP4 is the best-optimized chipset for its service allowing streaming of up to 1080p 30fps multi-standard videos. Also, it offers similar performance with a lower load and thus less power consumption and improved multi-tasking. Read more »

Bing app for iPad gets an update, cool new Lasso search gesture brings its usability to a new level

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There may not be many iPad users who have Bing as their search engine of choice right now, but this latest update to the Bing app might make quite a lot of people reconsider. The Microsoft search engine is yet to catch up with Google in terms of results accuracy, but it just leapfrogged its competitor in terms of usability on the Apple tablet.

So here’s the deal – from now on initiating a search with the Bing app for iPad is as simple as drawing a circle around the word(s) you want searched. There’s no need for holding, copying, pasting any more so the searches are also quite a lot faster. Read more »

Google to rebrand Picasa and Blogger and deleting all private Google profiles

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Google really wants its Google+ social network project to succeed. So much so that the company will be rebranding its popular Picasa and Blogger services in order to help the promotion of the Facebook competitor.

Apparently Google will be trying to solidify its brand name by renaming Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger “Google Blogs”. Rumor has it that other services might be affected too, though YouTube will remain as it is for the time being. Read more »