Droid leads Xmas app downloads over other Android phones

Source: Flurry
Source: Flurry

According to a report from app market analysts Flurry, downloads from the new Droid phones on Christmas day were almost equal to the number of downloads from all other Android phones combined.

When asked whether it was just a one-off scenario, Peter Farago, Flurry’s head of marketing, told Venturebeat that the trend will probably continue.

“In our estimation, Droid numbers will continue to drive a larger share of downloads for the foreseable future until another Android handset can displace its position as the fastest-selling Android phone.  Also, we have to remember that this is the most marketed Android phone to date, and on Verizon, which has 70 million subscribers.”

But although the Droid’s numbers are high, it’s still a very long run for them to beat Apple’s iPhone app sales. According to Flurry, the Android Market downloads increased only 22 percent from November to December while Apple’s apps downloads was calculated to increase by 51 percent higher than last month.

Source: http://venturebeat.com/2009/12/28/droid-android/

App Store: 100,000 apps and growing

Credit: Apple

With just 552 apps when it was first opened less than two years ago, the App Store now boasts 100,000 apps according to an announcement by Apple.

“The App Store, now with over 100,000 applications available, is clearly a major differentiator for millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers around the world,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, said. “The iPhone SDK created the first great platform for mobile applications and our customers are loving all of the amazing apps our developers are creating.”

The app store now has 21 categories with content being downloaded a total of “well over” two billion times and still the world’s most popular applications store.

The pace of development for the apps is also growing though. On its first year, developers were able to create 65,000 apps. In the last four months though, already 35,000 apps were added to the growing list.

“With 10,000 downloads a day, worldwide customer response to our I Am T-Pain App has exceeded our wildest expectations,” Jeff Smith, CEO of Smule, said. “The App Store has given us a unique opportunity to create and grow a very successful business, and we’re looking forward to an exciting future.”

Congratulations  to Apple and of course, the app developers. 🙂

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?&entry_id=50956

Top five apps to search for iPhone apps

With the gazillion (a little exaggerated, I know – but you get the point J) apps available in the market, a lot of people are now looking for easier ways to find what’s hot and what’s not.

To help sort out apps you might want to take a look at, PC World compiled a list of the top five apps that’ll help you find – yep, apps. Here’s what they came up:

App Miner

This app does what its name says: it mines for app treasures. And by app treasures, we mean those that’ll help you save a few bucks by keeping tabs on apps that are currently in bargain price in a master list. The App Miner lets you filter the list into free and paid apps, making it easier for those who doesn’t want to shell out some dough.

App Gems

App Gems helps users decide what app to get by providing user reviews for each app. Its provides a capsulated description and recommendations for the app, allowing you to somehow get the feel of what the app is all about.

App Sniper

AppSniper is similar to the App Miner, providing users with a list of apps whose prices have been dropped. The difference is that this app costs $1. To make up for the price though, the AppSniper is faster and has a more sophisticated-looking interface than the latter.

Fluke

If you have absolutely no idea what app you’d want to download and you just want to leave the choosing to the er – hands of faith, then Fluke is the app for you.

This is a free app that shows you a random app at a time, perhaps making it more exciting by finding out apps you’ve never even thought to exist. If you want a bit more direction to your random search though, you can also choose to filter it by free or paid and by category.

The App Store

The last but uhm, not the least, is the App Store. According to the PCWorld, this is still the fastest way to search directly for apps, especially with the new Genius function that helps users find apps that are similar or related to the ones they’ve got.

Peace out! 😉

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/172880/5_apps_for_finding_iphone_apps.html

Microsoft Bing coming to iPhone

Today, Microsoft released  an open source software developer kit that’ll make the lives of iPhone developers… uhm, at least those who want to build iPhone apps that can access Bing.

Using the kit, developers can create an app that searches Bing for Web info, news, videos, images and phonebook results. It can also be incorporated to apps for Macintosh computers.

There are already several apps that use Bing, but with this official SDK from Microsoft will make bring the search engine to more apps.

The default search engine for iPhone’s Safari browser, with an option to switch to Yahoo if they wish to.

Users who wants Bing have to type in the URL. This SDK eliminates that need.

Source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/170975/bing_coming_to_iphone_apps.html

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