Apps

MediaMonkey launches Android beta

We already had a smattering of Spotify news today, but now we've going to shift gears and look at an entirely different music player. The makers of MediaMonkey have launched an Android beta, so if you're a MediaMonkey user, you can now test it out on your Android device. There are few reasons to use MediaMonkey over the competition, as the player's tagging and syncing features allow for some deep organization.

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.

Etsy launches Android app, get ready to shop

It isn't exactly a secret that Etsy has caught on in a big way, and it's quickly become the first stop for a lot of people looking for handmade products. Given the popularity of the service, many users have been wondering when the company was going to launch a mobile app. Wonder no longer folks, because the day has arrived at last - Etsy's official Android app has gone up on the Google Play Store.

iLumi intelligent LED bulbs kick off Indiegogo campaign

There are a few intelligent light bulbs vying for your dollar at the moment, but before you dive in, you might want to give iLumi a look. The iLumi series of Bluetooth LED light bulbs have been in development for the past two years, and now they need your help in making it to market. The iLumi Team has created an Indiegogo campaign to secure funding for this new line up of intelligent LED bulbs, and they have 35 days left to reach their funding goal of $100,000.

Amazon Android Appstore hits Japan

Nearly two months ago the folks from Amazon started accepting submissions for their upcoming 3rd party Android Appstore in Japan, and now things are ready to rock. Today Amazon has announced the Appstore has gone live in Japan. The new store will give Japanese Android users a change at even more apps for their Kindle devices, as well as all Android smartphones and tablets.

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.

Android 4.2 security system cracks down on malware with app scanning

Malicious apps on Android may not be as big a problem as some would have you believe, but they are still a threat. That's especially true when you're sideloading apps onto your handset, as Google Play's built in security features don't check third-party apps. While Google Play does scan all apps that are uploaded to the store, apps from third-party sources get to skip the security check, potentially allowing for some nasty situations.