in-app purchasing

Amazon extends ‘1-Click’ payments to mobile

Amazon has launched an in-app purchasing API for its Android Appstore that uses its 1-Click payment system.

The API has already been installed on Kindle Fire apps from Disney, The Wall Street Journal and New York Post offering users a fast, convenient method of paying for virtual currency and subscriptions.

Amazon frequently scores highly in consumer surveys and the recent eChannel Retail Benchmark from eDigital found that its checkout process scored joint first with Asda for usability.

Is SMS dead? Industry says ‘no’

It’s easy to forget about SMS these days. After all, the rise of the smartphone has seemingly made SMS text messaging a thing of the past for many mobile phone users.

But is that really the case? Are smartphones marginalizing SMS to the point where it might be called effectively dead?

Apple fights the troll it fed

Don’t feed the trolls.” Anybody who has ever participated on a message board or blog knows this is usually good advice.

When it comes to patent trolls, however, some of the world’s largest companies can’t find enough food. When faced with demands from companies that do little more than buy and license patents, tech stalwarts prefer feeding to fighting.

And for good reason: patent litigation is expensive, and a lost lawsuit can be even more expensive.

Will in-app purchases for free apps lead to a second iPhone gold rush?

If you’re an iPhone app developer, free versus paid can be a difficult decision. Notwithstanding widely-publicized success stories, most free apps don’t make any money for their developers.

One solution: use a free, watered-down version of your app as promotion for a paid version. The freemium model does work but it’s hardly perfect. The problem: Apple doesn’t offer a way for app users to easily upgrade from a free version to a paid version. Developers have to create two different apps and app users have to install both.