Posts Tagged ‘applications’

App Store Hits 3 Billion Downloads

January 5, 2010

Apple’s App Store for the iPhone and the iPod Touch has today broken three billion downloads, with estimates putting the service at almost 120 downloads per second.

Towards the end of last September, Apple announced that its App Store had managed to pass the two billion mark and was, by all accounts, accelerating. Indeed, the news that the App store has passed three billion downloads comes just 98 days later, indicating a bit of an uptick in the number of downloads being made since then. Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, commented on the figure, saying that,



Firefox Mobile to Spell Death of App Stores?

December 18, 2009

Mozilla has claimed that it feels its upcoming mobile version of its popular Firefox web browser, named, appropriately enough, Firefox Mobile, could well usher in the beginning of the end for shops like Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market.

Among my favourite browser logos...

According to a report from PC Pro, Mozilla’s own vice president of mobile, the oft quoted Jay Sullivan, is of the opinion that working with Firefox Mobile and developing what amount to “apps” but simply making them web-based instead will be the future. Indeed, if you’re going by what Sullivan has to say, then markets like the App Store won’t be around long. In his own words,


Android Market Growing Exponentially

December 17, 2009

It seems that Apple’s App Store isn’t the only mobile platform that’s seeing increasing amount of developer interest. The Android Market for devices running Google’s mobile OS, Android, has more than doubled its total number of apps over the last six months.

I've always thought the Android was cute, but a little weird 😉

According the Androlib statistics for the Android Market, we’ve moved from around 6,000 apps available in the market in June to just a little over the 20,000 mark in November. That figure only gets more impressive when you consider how recently the now massively successful Motorola Droid launched in the US relatively recently, so we can expect not to have seen its impact fully just yet.


Apple Building New iPhone

December 11, 2009

Word is leaking out that Foxconn, the company responsible for the physical production of Apple’s runaway success, the iPhone, has already started receiving orders for a new version of the device.

News of the leak comes from Mobile Reviews editor in chief, Eldar Murtazin, a man who’s proved time and again that he’s in a position to know these kinds of things ahead of time. Murtazin was fairly succinct about the whole affair, simply releasing the news via his Twitter with the very short and eminently quotable,

“Foxconn received order for next generation iPhone.”


First Worm Hits iPhones

November 9, 2009

Apple’s iPhone has been hit by its first worm, which sees users backgrounds being forcefully changed to an image of Rick Astley, though it has far shadier implications for the security of those running cracked iPhones.


According to the BBC’s report on it, the worm is currently spreading across Apple handsets in Australia. As the name worm implies, the program is self propagating, but somehow more interesting than the security risk it represents is the fact that infected devices are so noticeable; the iPhone’s background changes to a shot of Rick Astley and displays the message, “ikee is never gonna give you up.”


Social Networking Games Scam Players

November 2, 2009

It turns out that well known, and often trusted, games like Farmville, Mobsters and Mafia Wars actually often make money through what amounts to a kind of competent sleight of hand, scamming their own users.


While we’ve long wondered just how games set up on social networking platforms make enough money to make the investment in development time worthwhile, the folks over at TechCrunch have a very interesting look at just how some of these apps manage to eke the most out of every user… in the words of TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington, “Those that scam the most, win.”