App Store

Tim Bradshaw

Millions of addicted gamers are in a flap over the untimely death of Flappy Bird.

The Vietnamese creator of the most popular mobile game of 2014 has removed the app from sale after saying its internet fame “ruins my simple life”, despite making him tens of thousands of dollars a day. 

Mark Zuckerberg in New YorkShopping on Facebook for apps will soon be easier with the App Center, a new application storefront for users to buy and discover content. The social networking company announced the App Center this week following an amendment to its S-1 filing that claimed it does not “currently directly generate any meaningful revenue from the use of Facebook mobile products, and our ability to do so successfully is unproven”. The timing of the App Center news did not go unnoticed by commentators who noted Facebook’s push to conquer mobile. 

Tim Bradshaw

Ever looked at the iPhone App Store’s list of most popular apps and thought, how did that get so popular?

Apple has been asking the same question – and it has found that not all are quite as popular as they seem. This week it posted a stern warning to developers to stop using shady marketing firms that can artificially drive their apps to the top of the charts. 

Chris Nuttall

Google’s opening of its Android Market webstore on Wednesday has seized the advantage from Apple’s App Store in terms of accessibility, if not quite in the number of apps available yet. The new “cloud” webstore and additional features coming, such as in-app purchases, will delight developers who have complained about the inferiority of the Android Market compared to the App Store. It will also be a boon for consumers using Android devices. 

Joseph Menn

After more than a year of arguing and pressure from regulators, Apple has finally blessed Google’s official Google Voice application for the iPhone.

Google announced the approval on its blog on Tuesday, touting features including low-cost international calls and free transcription of voicemail messages. 

At some point tech executives will come to realise that just because Apple succeeded on the back of its applications store, it does not necessarily mean the same formula will work for everyone else.

That day, however, has certainly yet to come in Taiwan.  Not only do all three of the island’s mobile operators have their own, separate app store (two of which opened shop within the past month), but Asus, the netbook pioneer, on Monday also announced it would set up its own app store. 

Chris Nuttall

The App Store is becoming as overused a buzzphrase as Web 2.0, with San Francisco now implying the city itself, as much as any device, can become a platform for applications.

Gavin Newsom, the city’s trendy Twittering mayor, guest-posted on the Mashable blog on Friday. He announced the launch of the DataSF App Showcase, “a City App Store to highlight and centralize programs created from City data.” 

Chris Nuttall

Pocket God, an iPhone application that achieved brief omnipotence in the best-seller list and lasting adoration from gamers, serves as a pocket guide on how to make an impact on a platform where more than 65,000 apps are now vying for consumers’ attention.

As part of our Media Challenge series, I spoke to Pocket God‘s creator Dave Castelnuovo of Bolt Creative about the techniques his two-man team – himself and artist Allan Dye – used to make Pocket God a million seller in the App Store. 

Tim Bradshaw

Nokia’s response to Apple’s mobile applications marketplace has finally launched in a blaze of publicity – but hardly the kind the Finnish device maker can have hoped for.

Nokia announced the Ovi store in Barcelona in February, although its Ovi internet services brand has been around since August 2007. Clearly it has built up more anticipation than it could handle, as the “extraordinarily high spikes of traffic” caused the site to crash soon after opening. Even after downloading the Ovi software, some users reported seeing a limited selection of applications available in the store. 

Chris Nuttall

As if there weren’t enough iPhone apps, now we have too many App Stores from which to choose.

Research in Motion on Wednesday became the latest company to launch one, with its unveiling of App World for its BlackBerry phones at the CTIA wireless telecoms conference in Las Vegas.