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Posts tagged with App Stores

Five tips for reducing mobile app churn

Despite the rampant competition in the popular app stores, many companies continue to invest heavily in developing mobile apps.


Occupy the app stores? 25 companies earn 50% of app revenue

According to mobile analytics firm Flurry, the amount of time U.S. consumers spend per day interacting with mobile apps surpassed time spent browsing the web in 2011.

In 2013, television will be the target. This month, the average consumers has spent 168 minutes each day in front of the small screen and 127 minutes in front of the even smaller screen. If mobile apps continue their march next year, they could conceivably leave television in the rear view mirror.


Should publishers build Windows 8 apps yet?

Last week, Microsoft finally unveiled the latest version of its operating system, Windows 8.

Any release of the software giant's flagship product is a big deal for Microsoft, but Windows 8 is arguably the biggest product launch in the company's history. Why? Windows 8 is the company's attempt to successfully shift to world in which computing is increasingly touch-driven. And it might very well be be the company's only opportunity to make the shift.


Amazon planning to roll out its own Android smartphone: report

When Amazon entered the tablet space, there were more than a few skeptics. But launching the Kindle Fire made sense: Amazon is one of the world's most efficient retailers, is flush with cash, has significant technical chops and brings a content ecosystem that few other companies can rival.

With all that, it's no surprise that Amazon has found some success with the Kindle Fire, which is now the most popular Android-based tablet in the world.

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Quixey raises $20m for app search engine

When you want to search the web, chances are you turn to Google. But where do you go when you want to search for mobile apps?

It's a question more and more consumers will grapple with as use of smartphones grows and the number of sites with app platforms increases. And one company, Quixey, wants to be the answer to that latter question.


Amazon ups in-app purchase limit

Amazon recently rolled out in-app purchases for apps in the Amazon Appstore, which, thanks to the rise of the Kindle Fire, is reportedly more lucrative for some developers than the Google Android app store that's part of Google Play.

Now there's good news for developers and heavy-spending app users alike: Amazon is upping the maximum price that can be charged for an in-app purchase.


In-app purchases, subscriptions coming to Amazon's Appstore

Google may have plenty of reasons to be proud of its Android operating system, but when it comes to the Android ecosystem, another company may actually be having more success selling Android apps than Google is.

That company is Amazon, which last year launched its own Android app store, dubbed Amazon Appstore.


Rovio, Walmart team up for Angry Birds Space launch

It's going to be a big week for Rovio, which has become one of the world's most valuable gaming companies thanks to its ultra-popular Angry Birds franchise. On Thursday, the latest Angry Birds game, Angry Birds Space, will make its way to app stores around the internet.

But for players looking to maximize their Angry Birds Space experience, a trip to the local Walmart may be in order.


Draw Something: one app, five weeks, 20m downloads

Developers hoping to cash in on the app gold rush today face a harsh reality. Competition is fierce, standing out can seem like an impossible task and well-heeled companies are capable of producing bigger and better apps more rapidly than ever before.

Even so, app store success stories like keep developers going.


Google rolls apps, movies, music and ebooks into Google Play

There are numerous differences between Apple's content ecosystem and Google's. One of the biggest: through iTunes, Apple offers a unified and arguably superior experience. Whatever you're looking for, be it music, apps or books, can be purchased and downloaded in a single place.

This apparently hasn't been lost on Google, which today announced that it's combining Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBookstore into a single entity dubbed Google Play.


Mozilla turns to the mobile web

The past year hasn't exactly been easy for Mozilla.

The organization's popular web browser, Firefox, has become a bit less popular thanks in large part to the rise of Google's Chrome web browser. Once a solid number two in the browser market, Chrome, according to some sources, has surpassed Firefox in usage.


Relationship building key to in-app purchases

Mobile in-app purchases are expected to hit $4.8bn by 2016, and increasingly they're key to the monetization models mobile app developers and app store operators are employing to keep themselves well fed.

But the dollar signs are somewhat deceptive. Profiting from in-app purchases is a lot more difficult than just enabling in-app purchases, and not all developers will implement the model successfully.

So what's the secret to success?