App Store

Yahoo Japan launches its own Android App Store

My my my, Android app stores certainly seem to be cropping up a lot lately, don't they? The latest is Yahoo Market, a competitor for the Android Market and the Amazon Appstore that's only available in Japan at the moment. The store features the obligatory Android app and most popular Android games. At the moment it's just a listing of apps available in the official Android Market, but Yahoo says they they'll be selling apps on their own in the spring of 2012.

Rumor: Google preparing its own MP3 store

Android users have a lot of options when it comes to music. Amazon's MP3 Store has become a de facto Android music platform, and there's plenty of 3rd party stores and apps that offer paid and free song downloads. Google's going head-to-head with Amazon with its cloud-based Google Music, but according to the New York Times, they may be after a more direct sales model with a full-on MP3 store.

GetJar To Apple: We’re Not Going To Take It! Steve Jobs isn’t our Dad

Recently it looks as if Apple is going after anyone that might be getting in their way, or even close. Amazon is not the only one being attacked by the bullies over at Apple over the use of the term "App Store" and apparently they are now after GetJar. The list goes on and on from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Amazon and plenty more I've most likely forgot about since they seem to be suing everyone.

Soc.io Mall Offers Android-based Multimedia Store – Win or Fake?

This is quite the interesting turn - Giga Market Ltc and Seavus Group have whipped up a new "mall" for Android that, if appearances are true, will take the rest of the app stores out there and throw them directly in the trash. This is Soc.io mall, an Android-based application and multimedia portal where you can purchase and download not only the apps that you love, but e-books, audio books, music, and video. Thus far they've only got apps, but they've got such impressive entries as Plants vs Zombies, Vignette, Angry Birds Seasons, and Falldown - but wait, something looks sort of suspicious…

Android users spurn paid apps say researchers

New stats seemingly confirm anecdotal evidence that Android users are less likely to download paid applications than their Apple-using counterparts. According to researchers Distimo, 80-percent of paid applications in the Android Market have been downloaded less than 100 times. In the competitive gaming segment, only five titles in the Android Market have been downloaded more than 250,000 worldwide. In contrast, ten iPhone games in the App Store were downloaded in excess of 250,000 times in the US in the past two months alone. It's a trend that's seemingly shared across app segments, too:
"It is more challenging for developers in the Google Android Market than in the Apple App Store to monetize using a one-off fee monetization model. We found that only two paid applications have been downloaded more than half a million times in the Google Android Market worldwide to date, while six paid applications in the Apple App Store for iPhone generate the same number of downloads within a two month timeframe in the United States alone." Distimo
Distimo suggests that Google's slow rate of change of the top ten charts - which incorporates long-term performance and as such varies at a slower pace than Apple's charts - is a significant cause of the download scarcity. That means there's less fresh meat for users to see and be tempted by. You can download the full Distimo report here [free registration required].

Android passes Apple, now has more Free apps in Market

App store researchers Distimo, known for researching and gathering factual data on app stores and reporting some accurate information on all things Apps have just released their latest publication. Taking a close look at all the app stores but more importantly to us, the Android and Apple markets. According to their report, Google's Android Market has now passed Apple and is now offering more free apps than the Apple App Store.

Amazon App Store quietly populated: Apps and Pricing detailed

Evidence of the incoming Amazon App Store has reportedly been sighted in advance of the retailer's official launch. AndroidNews.de found that visiting amazon.com/apps shows a selection of 48 titles already in the retailer's catalog, including Scan2PDF, EasyTether and Space War HD. None of the titles have a product page as yet - clicking them goes straight back to the Amazon homepage - but they do have pricing information. A quick comparison against the official Android Market, and it seems there will be some variation in prices, though one download store isn't conclusively cheaper than the other. Note, we had to log out of our Amazon account in order to see the apps; otherwise our personalized Recent History recommendations squeezed out the software suggestions. However, the listings are still visible at time of posting. [gallery]

[ALERT] New Trojan called Hong Tou Tou lurking

One of the good things about Android is that it's open source. But on the other hand, that also means it can sometimes be the Wild West out there with exploits sneaking in under the guise of legitimate looking apps. Such is the case as Lookout's official blog has an alert for a Trojan known as "Hong Tou Tou."

Amazon Android AppStore taking app submissions; due later in 2011

Amazon's Android AppStore, rumored back in October 2010, is now open for business, on the developer side at least. The alternative download store will be hitting Android devices later in 2011, but the retailer is inviting app submissions from developers to populate it ahead of launch. Unlike the official Android Market, Amazon will be quality checking each application prior to its listing in the store, and the retailer will also be taking control over how apps are priced. Developers will be able to set "List Price" guidelines, but Amazon itself will be setting the retail price, much as it does with books and other products. Developers get 70-percent of the proceeds, but if Amazon decides to significantly discount their app or even make it free, they're guaranteed a minimum of 20-percent of their list price. Amazon's recommendations engine will also come into play, suggesting apps based on other downloads or even other products bought, and users will be able to browse apps via the web interface and send them to their phone (though they'll need to open the Amazon AppStore program on the phone in order to install the software). Payments will be through Amazon's One-Click system, though Android device users will need to allow "Unknown Source" installations to get the store up and running. [via TechCrunch]
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