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February 22, 2013
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  • App downloads doubled in 2012, will break 100 billion by 2017
    Global mobile application downloads doubled last year from 29.5 billion to 60.1 billion, generating $8.4 billion in revenue, according to Berg Insight. Downloads are slated to reach more than 100 billion in four years. "[C]ommon strategies today among many of the top revenue-generating app developers are to publish apps featuring a social layer on more than one platform using free-to-download monetization," Berg Insight's Johan Svanberg said. "Like almost no other digital product, mobile apps represent a global opportunity with more or less instant worldwide distribution." eWeek (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Developer Economics 
  • Report: iOS, Android games bring in more money than handhelds
    Spending on games in the App Store and Google Play surpassed spending on handheld gaming devices in the fourth quarter, according to App Annie and IDC. "Nintendo has stubbornly held out from bringing its franchises to smartphone platforms. Doing so has been costly, though, as gamers now spend roughly as much on Apple's iOS as they do on Nintendo's handhelds," Josh Ong writes. In an attempt to avoid that fate, Sony is readying a PlayStation app for iOS and Android devices for use as second-screen devices during PlayStation 4 play, Ong writes. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Intel acquires appMobi's HTML5 development tools, staff
    Intel has acquired the HTML5 mobile-application development tools of appMobi, hiring all its technical staff and leaving the company otherwise intact to provide back-end cloud services. "The tools most important to Intel will be the jqMobi and directCanvas products which give developers environments to build HTML5 applications and to accelerate them on mobile devices," Dan Rowinski writes. TechCrunch (2/21), ReadWrite (2/21), Computerworld (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulation & Policy 
  • Cellphone-unlocking petition passes minimum-signature threshold
    A petition on the White House website calling for the right to unlock cellphones has gathered the necessary 100,000 signatures to warrant a response, writes Brendan Sasso. The Library of Congress imposed the ban over copyright issues related to carrier networks, but the petitioners argue that they've paid for the devices and they have a right to use them on any network. Industry trade group CTIA counters that the phones are in fact heavily subsidized by the carriers as an inducement to sign wireless contracts, and that unlocking them creates a black market for overseas sales. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry Spotlight 
  • Wrapp touts its peer-to-peer mobile marketing abilities
    Wrapp's CEO sees its gift-card-giving app as a peer-to-peer marketing alternative to mobile ads that "simply don't work." Wrapp says it now has more than a million users, and 90% of its usage is on smartphones. The gift cards "can be used as a social, mobile marketing vehicle for targeted customer acquisition," says Wrapp's Hjalmar Winbladh. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Be part of the largest live audience in technology! Watch the next Dropbox, Yammer or Mint launch on stage and learn about building great startups. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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