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Last week Facebook announced that it would be creating its own version of an app store, aptly called the App Center.
Facebook software engineer Aaron Brady made the announcement via the company’s blog, explaining that: “In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps”.
This will create a central place to find apps that use Facebook Open Graph, from Facebook.com or within the two most-popular mobile apps.
After years of waiting, Google finally launched Google Drive this week.
Naturally, Google's entry into the online storage market raised questions about some of the companies that have established themselves in the space, such as Dropbox. Will Google make it harder for them to grow and thrive, or will it fail to gain traction?
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.
With Silicon Valley partying like it's 1999, it's no surprise that everyone wants to be entrepreneur.
Maybe you have a great idea for an app, or know precisely how to disrupt a big industry with a new cloud-based software offering. Unfortunately, if you weren't born writing Ruby on Rails applications and Python scripts, the only thing standing between you and a $1bn acquisition is having a real product.
And so it goes that Silicon Valley is filled with two groups of entrepreneurs today: the cool kids who have the chops to build stuff and the non-technical entrepreneurs who want to team up with them.
Last year, a company called Lodsys began contacting developers of iPhone and iPad apps utilizing in-app purchases, alleging that their use of in-app purchases, functionality provided for by Apple, violated a patent it owned.
Patent trolling has become so common that this wouldn't be surprising, but there was a wrinkle in Lodsys' case: Apple itself was already a licensee of the Lodsys patent in question.
Driving? There's an app for that.
At least that's what automaker Chrysler is hoping to hear in the near future thanks to latest version of its Uconnect software.
Ask mobile developers who work with both iOS and Android, and you'll probably hear from more than a few of them that the Android emulator is lacking. From poor performance to inconsistencies, there have been no shortage of complaints about the tool developers are provided with to test their Android apps prior to testing them on a real device.
So Google is doing what you'd expect it to do and trying to improve its emulator.
With smartphone penetration rising and more and more consumers turning to the mobile web, the opportunity to get your mobile app into the hands of those consumers might seem to be growing by leaps and bounds.
But getting the users you acquire to stick around is proving challenging -- perhaps even more challenging than on the web.
Microsoft operates one of the richest software businesses in the world, but that doesn't mean the company always finds it easy to get its way.
In the mobile space, the Redmond giant has arguably developed a respectable mobile OS, but by in large, iOS and Android are getting most of the love from developers.
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.
Are you a sports fan? Are you a developer? If you answered yes to both questions, ESPN wants to talk to you.
Why? Because the sports media giant has jumped on the API bandwagon and is courting developers who can take its content and data to build cool sports apps.