app stores

  • Get Your Ass To Metro (Windows 8)

    Get Your Ass To Metro (Windows 8)

    Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is a big deal and it’s only going to get bigger. Particularly the Metro side. The Windows Store will bring app store economics to the PC in a way that most users have never experienced before, and that represents a golden opportunity for developers. However they will have to move incredibly quickly to get ahead of the rush. Read More

  • GetJar Shifts Focus From Distribution To Discovery And Commerce, As Its Virtual Currency Hits 50M Users, 60% Of Revs

    GetJar Shifts Focus From Distribution To Discovery And Commerce, As Its Virtual Currency Hits 50M Users, 60% Of Revs

    You may know GetJar as the largest independent, cross-platform app store, and one of the largest distributors of Android apps outside of the Android Market. With more than 2 billion downloads and some 150K+ applications, the company continues to grow. This is thanks in part to its “open” model, which allows third-party app makers to distribute apps for most of the major mobile… Read More

  • AppDirect Acquires Open Source Billing Company jBilling

    AppDirect Acquires Open Source Billing Company jBilling

    Today cloud app store company AppDirect announced its acquisition of open source billing company jBilling. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppDirect co-CEO Daniel Saks says existing jBilling won’t be affected and AppDirect will continue to sell and support jBilling products. AppDirect makes “white label” software-as-a-service app stores. Saks says its customers are… Read More

  • With $1.3M From 500 Startups & Others, Chalkable Launches An App Store For Schools

    With $1.3M From 500 Startups & Others, Chalkable Launches An App Store For Schools

    Over the last two years, there’s been a significant increase in the amount of educational media available to the world’s learners, but teachers and parents are hard pressed today to navigate the education content jungle. As a result, curators, algorithms and content analyzers like Learning Registry have popped up to help educators find the best and most effective learning media… Read More

  • What’s In A Name? $1M, If You’re Called MobileApps.com. And At Least One Big Fish May Bite, Says CEO

    What’s In A Name? $1M, If You’re Called MobileApps.com. And At Least One Big Fish May Bite, Says CEO

    The market for mobile apps is booming — but not, it seems, for MobileApps.com, one of the many app aggregating marketplaces that have been set up in the last several years to ride that wave. The Singapore-based site that used to sit at that address has closed down after “failing to find traction,” according to a Facebook announcement from its CEO and founder Alvin Koay… Read More

  • AppDirect Pins Down $8.5M To Build A Cloud App Store Empire In The Sky, Rackspace Newest Partner

    AppDirect Pins Down $8.5M To Build A Cloud App Store Empire In The Sky, Rackspace Newest Partner

    AppDirect, a company that offers white-label cloud-based app stores, has today announced $8.5 million in funding to ride the wave of interest in cloud services and continue its expansion in partnership with third parties. And today the company also announced a new customer in that strategy: Rackspace, which has launched the Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace, an online store for cloud-based… Read More

  • Facebook’s App Center Goes International: Open To English-Speaking Countries; Translation Tool Added

    Facebook’s App Center Goes International: Open To English-Speaking Countries; Translation Tool Added

    Last week we got a little clue that Facebook was gearing up to take its App Center to markets outside the U.S., when it began to appear in the UK. As of today, it’s official: Facebook has now extended the App Center to Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, with Brazil, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey coming in… Read More

  • Think Openspace Launching A Brick And Mortar App Store Is A Silly Idea? Think Again.

    Think Openspace Launching A Brick And Mortar App Store Is A Silly Idea? Think Again.

    Yes, when you think of an “app store”, you probably picture iTunes, the Android Marketplace, or even the Chrome Web App Store or GetJar. That’s because apps live in our browsers and on our mobile devices, right? Sort of. Robert Reich, the Co-founder and CEO of Openspace looks down the road and sees the app-ification of everything — a time when apps will become more… Read More

  • Can We Stop The Copycat Apps?

    Can We Stop The Copycat Apps?

    Last month, Alexia posted a short manifesto (“Stop Making Apps”), which basically expresses a serious case of app fatigue. It’s something most of us can relate to, at least passingly, in spite of knowing there’s no end to app production in sight. As long as there are downloaders, more apps there will be. While I encourage developers to continue making great apps, I… Read More

  • Windows Phone Marketplace: One Year In

    Windows Phone Marketplace: One Year In

    Mobile analytics firm Distimo has taken a look at Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace one year after its launch in November 2010. Now available in 35 countries worldwide, the store has grown consistently in size and scope since its debut, at a rate of 700 new publishers added per month. But its app download volume, in comparison with market leader iTunes, is still quite small. In… Read More