Applications & Apps Business

RIM Buys App Store Company

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Research In Motion makes another acquisition as it battles iPhone and Android for the high end smartphone market.

Cellmania, founded in 1999, does a bunch of mobile infrastructure stuff, such as App Store infrastructure, letting mobile operators control the home screens of their customers' phones, and a content distribution network.

Analysts say RIM's real prize is Dr. Ronjon Nag, Cellmania's cofounder and CEO– if he stays around.

Recent headlines regarding RIM's prospects against Apple and Google read, "RIM, the next Palm..."

Novell Launches SUSE Gallery, Linux App Store

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Novell launches an app store called SUSE Gallery,with SUSE Linux software appliances for specific business needs.

The gallery provides “a storefront for end users to access more than 415,000 appliances,” according to Novell.

SUSE Gallery arrives one year after Novell launched the SUSE Appliance Program to help ISVs develop turnkey apps for SUSE Linux.

SUSE Linux suffers from Lack of ISV support (most business-Linux ISVs focus first on Red Hat).

The SUSE Appliance Program has attracted 82,000 users and nearly 3 million downloads since launch.

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Google DIY App Creation Software Tool for Android Platform

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Google now offers a ‘Do-It-Yourself’ (DIY) app creation software tool for the Android platform.

App Inventor for Android encourages programmers, non-programmers, professionals and students to create mobile apps for Android-powered devices.

The tool enables DIY developers to drag code for different functions and rop them into a template. Consumers with no knowledge of Java (Android’s app programming language) could become first-time app creators.

Fortune's Seth Weintraub calculates if only 1% of Android phone buyers create an application, Android’s application store would grow by 1600 apps every day. That’s well over half a million additional apps created every year; more than five times the total number of apps available at present in Android Market.

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Dynamics Marketplace, Part of Microsoft's CRM 2011

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Microsoft plans to follow Salesforce.com by releasing CRM 2011 with a marketplace site where partners can sell complementary applications.

CRM 2011 will be available in Beta form in September. The Dynamics Marketplace, which echoes Salesforce.com's AppExchange, will go live then, too.

Microsoft will also expand CRM Online to 40 new markets by end of the year, adding Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cyprus, Peru, Trinidad, and Tobago to the list.

Samsung Thinking Games, Video Apps

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World No.2 handset maker Samsung triples the size of its application store in many of its major European markets– and expects even more growth from Wave, its first smartphone with Bada OS.

Samsung apps were inaugurated in September 2009 and accessible by mobile phone and PC.

Germany has experienced a 100% increase while the number of applications available in the United Kingdom, France and Italy has more than tripled in just only eight months.

Associated Press, Electronic Arts, Gameloft, Handmark, MySpace, Namco Bandai, Twitter, Universal Pictures and Zagat Survey are some of the app providers.

Omar Khan, Samsung's chief strategy officer, told LightReading the core mobile applications that users turn to most often tend to the same old web applications – ESPN, Weather Channel, for instance. Khan inists no one buys a smartphone from Samsung just to get ESPN.

But the Strategy Officer thinks buyers might go to Samsung if the Android-based Galaxy S gets a reputation, say, for intense gaming graphics taking advantage of the Super AMOLED display.

What's in it for Samsung is, obviously, a proprietary app. "While the breadth of the applications out there is tremendous, the usage that's occurring is limited to a very small set of applications," says Khan.

What kinds of special applications does Samsung have in mind? One example would be Media Hub to put videos onto the Galaxy S, and advanced, super-cool games to take advantage of the AMOLED screen.

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