App Store

Just 25 app developers took in 50% of revenue in November

As much as we hate to say it, we've got some bad news for aspiring app developers: there may be 1.4 million apps between the App Store and the Google Play Store, but according to independent analyst firm Canalys, only a select few developers are truly making bank. According to a Canalys study, which took place over the first 20 days in November, just 25 developers pulled in 50% of app revenue between the App Store and the Google Play Store.

Verizon App shop closing its doors in January

Today the folks from Verizon have confirmed some sad sad news. That sad news being that their extremely unpopular and widely forgotten VCast Verizon App store will be shutting down and closing its doors early next year in January. Verizon original set out to offer an app storefront but it never took off, and is now throwing in the towel.

Lenovo prepares business Android app store

While Lenovo has been making strides in the consumer market for the last few years, its heart and soul is in enterprise, where a ThinkPad laptop is the computing equivalent of sensible khakis and a power tie. Their tablets (even the ThinkPad Tablet) haven't caught on as of yet, but the company is hoping to change that with the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop, an app store for enterprise customers. (Natch.) As opposed to the Google Play Store and its alternatives, the Enterprise App Shop can be launched on a company-by-company basis, with volume licensing discounts and on-site management tools.

PSA: The Android Market isn’t missing, just look for “Play Store” instead

I've been getting tons of comments, tips, and emails over the past 24 hours from various users and readers saying things like "My Android Market has gone missing and I can't download apps." Or the Android Market is no longer on my phone, what the crap Motorola. This is a public service announcement for all those that missed the news (newbies) that Google has actually replaced the Android Market with what they are calling Google Play. You still have the Android Market and all the hundreds of thousands of apps, just under a new name.

Japanese carrier pushes ads to Android notification bar

Raise your hand if you like ads. Anyone? Advertising is an unfortunately necessary part of modern life (and you can take that statement to the bank, since almost the entire livelihood of this humble blogger depends upon it) but sometimes the intrusive nature of new advertising methods sticks in the craw of consumers. Such is the case with Japanese wireless provider KDDI's latest attempt at subtle marketing: they've begun pushing paid ads to users' Android phones via the notification system. Advertising for apps in an alternative market started showing up on phones today, and Asiajin spotted users venting their frustrations on Twitter.

CyanogenMod App Store already in development

Just yesterday we reported on CyanogenMod and ClockworkMod Recovery developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta talking up the possibility of a specially-built app store for CyanogenMod, which would happily welcome all the apps that for one reason or another have gotten the boot from the Android Market. Koush showed off just that on his Google+ page, where he posed the original question: you can see an extremely early screenshot of the submission page for the "CyanogenMod App Store" below. The screenshot is hosted on the web site for ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether, both of which Koush maintains himself.

CyanogenMod developer calls for rooted app store

As forgiving as the Android ecosystem is, it's still not as "open" as some would like - at the insistence of Google (or increasingly, one of its manufacturer or carrier partners) apps can be whisked away from the Android Market. Most of the apps that are routinely deleted are malware, pornography or violate copyright, but plenty are perfectly legitimate tools like emulators or tethering apps. Fed up with the situation,  Koushik "Koush" Dutta of CyanogenMod, ClockworkMod Recovery and ClockworkMod Tether called for suggestions for a "banned" market, a haven for apps and ROMs that have been turned out of the Android Market for one reason or another.

GetJar’s Gold Apps catalog shows you freebies in a phone-friendly interface

By now you may have heard of GetJar Gold, the alternative app store's answer to the "Free App of the Day". For the holidays there are more than 100 new apps available for free, all of them normally paid, and many were also featured as part of Google's 10 Billion Apps promotion. If you're a recent Android convert who missed out on the 10 cent app deals, here's a chance to get a lot of the same titles, and keep your dime for a down payment on a cup of coffee. In order to showcase all of these free apps at once, they've created an HTML5 catalogue catalog, and it's a great way to quickly add some free applications to your phone or tablet.
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