Posts Tagged ‘ mobile application ’

MobileWeb develops De Standaard iPhone app, first paying news app in Benelux

De Standaard has launched its own mobile application for the iPhone. This app was developed by MobileWeb.be, Belgian specialist in SMS and mobile internet solutions. MobileWeb.be was previously also responsible for the creation of the successful mobile site m.standaard.be.

The app of De Standaard, now available in the Apple App Store, is the first paying iPhone news application in the Benelux. After only 1 day, the app already ranks first of the paying apps in the App Store.

De Standaard, pioneer in the European mobile media landscape
Corelio strongly believes in the mobile platform. After launching specific mobile sites for De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad in 2008, this media group now also launches an iPhone app.

The iPhone app of De Standaard has the advantage that one can download the many news articles onto the mobile device and then read them in offline mode. An Internet connection is only required to update with new news items. The app also offers lifestyle news, opinions, photo wall browsing and a TV guide. The app can be personalized, resulting in more possibilities and a better user experience.

The app of De Standaard can now be bought in the Apple App Store for € 3,99. This makes it the first paying iPhone news app in the Benelux. The paying aspect of the iPhone app means a new source of revenues for a media company like Corelio. This makes the company one of the pioneers in the European media landscape.

MobileWeb.be, specialist in innovative mobile solutions
MobileWeb.be is a Belgian specialist in innovative Mobile Internet, Mobile Marketing and SMS solutions. MobileWeb.be previously developed the successful mobile sites m.standaard.be, m.nieuwsblad.be and m.jobat.be for Corelio.

Danny Lein, CEO of MobileWeb.be: “The development of this first premium iPhone news app is an important milestone both for De Standaard and for MobileWeb. In a short period of time, we have extended our technical platform with an iPhone app development environment. This in-house technology allows our clients to further build their leadership position in a fast evolving mobile market.”

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Press release in DutchFrench

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Half of iPhone users download premium apps every month

Some interesting results from the AdMob’s July 2009 Mobile Metrics Report:

Half of iPhone users and 40% of iPod Touch owners download one or more premium applications from Apple’s App Store each month, compared to 19% of Android smartphone users.

– More than 90% of Android and iPhone OS users browse and search for apps directly on their mobile device, rather than on their computer.

–  iPhone and Android users download approximately 10 new apps each month, with iPod touch owners downloading an average of 18 per month.

– More than half of iPhone and Android users spend more than 30 minutes per day using apps.

– Users who regularly download paid apps spend approximately $9 on an average of five paid downloads per month.

Google believes in browsers, not app stores

Interesting article on the future of app stores and browsers, and the opinion of Google regarding this matter:

App stores do not represent the future of the mobile industry according to Google’s vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra, who maintains consumers will instead turn to web browsers to fill their information and entertainment needs. Speaking Thursday at the Mobilebeat conference in San Francisco, Gundotra said no one, including Google, is rich enough to support all of the myriad mobile platforms in existence, a circumstance that mandates a shift in thinking away from the fragmented app store model.

“What we clearly see happening is a move to incredibly powerful browsers,” Gundotra said. “Many, many applications can be delivered through the browser and what that does for our costs is stunning. We believe the web has won and over the next several years, the browser, for economic reasons almost, will become the platform that matters and certainly that’s where Google is investing.” Gundotra added that Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaimed “Build for the web” with the initial launch of the iPhone, a statement that met with resistance from developers: “I think Steve really did understand that, over the long term, it would be the web, and I think that’s how things will play out.”

(source: FierceMobile; more details on Financial Times)

1,5 billion apps after 1 year Apple App Store

A week ago, the Apple App Store blew out its first anniversary candle, and only days later Apple can celebrate with the record of 1,5 billion apps downloaded since the launch.  The milestone of 1 billion was reached only 3 months ago.

There are currently some 65.000 mobile applications available for iPhone and Ipod Touch users.  These users come from 77 different countries.  More than 100.000 developers are involved in the iPhone Developer Program.

LG Application Store launches with 1,400 apps

Yet another App Store has been launched.  This time by LG Electronics. 
The LG Application Store was introduced yesterday, starting off with 1.400 mobile apps available, of which some 100 free of charge.  The beta version is only available in certain test markets, such as Singapore, Malaysia and Australia and is expected to expand to Europe and South America before the end of 2009. LG said it has not yet determined when the store will open in the U.S.

More info here.

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Erotic iPhone apps: yes or no?

Last week, the discussion about whether or not erotic/porn mobile apps should be allowed in the Apple App Store lit up again.  The App Hottest Girls seemed to had made it through Apple’s strict censorship controls, even though it showed erotic images of – you guessed it – the hottest girls.
As the developers got a bit too euphoric and exclaimed having ‘the  first officially sanctioned iTunes app to contain topless photos’, it soon created a buzz and ended up being censored by Apple after all.

While some claim that the App Store should remain ‘clean’ of such applications, others are argumenting that it’s useless to censor out erotic/porn from the apps, while the iPhone allows Internet access to plenty of that.  The latest iPhone model also allows to set parental controls and age restrictions.

Besides, how long will Apple resist to include the most profitable content there is in the online world?

So erotic apps on your iPhone, yes or no?  Leave a comment and give us your say.

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Vodafone announces mobile app store

Vodafone – the world’s largest mobile operator by sales, active in 27 countries – has announced that it will launch its own mobile application store. The app store is scheduled to go live later this year, giving access to Vodafone’s 289 million worldwide subscribers. The operator will bill premium downloads directly to subscribers’ existing prepaid and postpaid accounts, claiming 30 percent of revenues in the process.

More on the Vodafone app store here.