Last Updated Feb 16, 2011 11:21 AM EST Capcom is generating nasty news because one of its games, Smurfs' Village, has children spending exorbitant amounts on in-app purchases without their parents' knowledge -- including one 8-year-old putting $1,400 worth of virtual Smurfberries (or whathaveyou) on her mom's credit card. Now Apple (APPL) has reportedly pulled Capcom aside to do something about this PR fiasco, but that's just a bunch of bullsmurf: From the lack of password requirements to make purchases to the missing parental controls, it's easy for kids to run up serious bills in the Apple App Store. It's up to Apple, not the third-party companies, to do something about it. Easy for Kids to Make App Purchases without Parental Approval The Washington Post,The in-app purchases have also catapulted children's games such as Smurfs' Village and Tap Zoo, by San Francisco-based Pocket Gems, into the ranks of the highest-grossing apps on iPods, iPhones and iPads. But the practice is … [Read more...] about The Apple App Store: Dangerous for Kids?
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Last Updated Jul 21, 2009 9:48 AM EDT Vic Gundotra, Google's developer evangelist, argues that mobile applications will be sold through Web browsers rather than app stores controlled by handset makers, most mobile apps today are sold through app stores. Microsoft Windows Mobile (for which there is no app store at this point) aside, Apple's iPhone, Nokia's Symbian, Google's Android and Research in Motion's BlackBerry operating systems all support the open source Webkit or HTML 5 standard, which in theory should make it easy for developers to create applications for all those devices. The reality, however, is somewhat different. William Bereault, director of research and development for Apple App Store mobile apps vendor Never Alone Anymore, told me last week in New York that, "in theory you can port the apps to another OS, but it's not easy," he said. Never Alone Anymore decided to focus on Apple's App Store, at least for the time being, because Apple provides a familiar payment system … [Read more...] about Apple App Store Vs. Android Vs. BlackBerry Vs. Ovi Vs–.
Last Updated Sep 1, 2010 10:21 PM EDT Yesterday, GigaOM reported that there are now more than 250,000 apps in the Apple (AAPL) iOS app store, quoting the newest numbers from 148Apps.biz. It's just another in a long string of claimed numbers: downloads, money paid by Apple to developers, popularity ratings, average sales price, number of submissions. From a business view -- that is, for the people and companies that create the 70 percent of apps that consumers have to pay for -- what does it mean? Once you get past the sales superstar apps, most don't make that much money. That's not surprising. Retail operations usually follow the Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80-20 rule, though even more skewed. What it means, though, is that the average app might be challenged to cover its own costs, when you consider the commercial worth of developers' time. These calculations will be far rougher than I'd like, but we do what we must with available data. In early June, Steve Jobs said … [Read more...] about Most Apps in the Apple App Store Will Probably Lose Money
Last Updated Apr 28, 2011 6:53 PM EDT Amazon (AMZN) opened its long-rumored app store this morning with 3,800 items for Google (GOOG) Android devices. Available through the Amazon website as well as a downloadable app, the Amazon App Store seems well beyond Google's neglected Android Market -- and has already garnered, as my BNET colleague Erik Sherman notes, an Apple (APPL) lawsuit over the term "app store". There are many ways Amazon has improved the Android app purchase experience:Tailored suggestions: Amazon is using purchase patterns to determine what you are interested in. For instance, if you buy the latest paperback restaurant guide, it may suggest you download a food-related app like Yelp. No other app provider has as much user information. Organized searching: Searching the Amazon App Store is as simple and intuitive as finding any other item on the website. In comparison, the Android Market is a chaotic experience with items missing from … [Read more...] about Why the Amazon App Store Leaves the Android Market In the Dust
Last Updated Apr 28, 2011 6:53 PM EDT Google (GOOG) is finally adding in-app purchases to its Android apps, which means consumers can spend additional money while within an app. In-app purchases have already been very successful for Apple's (APPL) app publishers. Google's move will bring over new developers who, traditionally, have had a hard time making money with Android. Paves way for freemium titles Capcom's iPhone hit game Smurfs' Villiage is free to play and sells items in-game that unlock new levels and experiences. So-called freemium apps are quickly turning into the lifeblood of the Apple App Store, and now they can finally come to the Android Market. Android app creators actually may make a profit including Rovio of Angry Birds fame, have resorted to creating their own marketplace outside of Google. The addition of in-app purchasing represents a shift in Google's attitude and may be a first big step toward fixing the Android Market. Photo courtesy of Cristiano Betta // CC … [Read more...] about Android Gets In-App Purchasing, and Finally Draws Even With Apple’s App Store
(MoneyWatch) Conventional wisdom holds that while Android's app store is more agile, it is far more susceptible to malware. Apple, on the other hand, screens all the apps headed for iOS, so it's relatively secure. And that general assessment might still be true, though Georgia Tech recently demonstrated that Apple's app screeners are relatively easy to fool. Indeed, researchers were able to get a particularly nasty example of malware into the store. Google Play store suffers from malware Malware threats materializing on smartphones How to avoid dangerous or malicious smartphone apps A Georgia Tech team created an app that, on first run, appears benign, but quickly reconfigures itself into malware that's capable of steaming contacts and sending emails, taking photos, sending tweets, and even redirecting Chrome to a page with additional malicious software. The app was approved and landed in the app store. Because, researchers say, the app was only tested for a few short seconds, not … [Read more...] about Researchers upload malware to Apple app store
For Apple (AAPL), it is a milestone: $10 billion in app sales in 2013, with $1 billion of that coming in December alone. While the mobile application market is red hot, that also translates to higher revenue for software developers who focus on the niche. Apple says it has paid a total of $15 billion to app developers. As Steve Ranger pointed out on ZDNet, if you go through past Apple announcements and do some simple math, it translates to $8 billion paid to developers in 2013 alone. That is a large chunk of money. But these figures have other implications. One is that, on average, Apple takes 20 percent of App Store sales. However, the official cut is 30 percent. With $8 billion going vendors, the total (not counting sales of Apple's own software) should have been $11.4 billion. So why isn't the actual total higher or Apple's take well in excess of $2 billion? The logical answer would be that vendors with the most popular software packages are getting a special rate unavailable to … [Read more...] about Apple App Store: Big pie, but not for developers
Mac users who have the latest version of Apple's computer operating system, called Snow Leopard, will be prompted to update their software starting Thursday. When the upgrade is complete, an icon for the new Mac app store will appear in the dock. After launching the store software, people can browse through more than 1,000 programs for Macs. Some are free, and some will cost money; people can log in and buy software using their existing iTunes account information. As with the existing app stores for Apple's other gadgets, people can see lists of the most popular programs and rate software they purchase. Also similar to the existing system, software developers will name their own prices. Apple will vet all of the applications before they're accepted for sale in the store. The iPad and iPhone have been successful in part because of the tens of thousands of games and other programs available as free or paid downloads in Apple's app stores. Apple may be looking to the Mac app store to … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple: App Store for Mac Goes Live
Less than three years after its launch, the Apple App Store reached its goal of 10 billion downloads this morning. To promote the milestone, Apple promised to give away a $10,000 App Store gift card to whomever buys the 10 billionth download, but the company has not revealed who that winner is. The store launched in July 2008 with just 500 apps and now touts the availability of more than 300,000 free and paid apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Growth of the store's popularity has been swift; in its first nine months, the store hit 1 billion downloads and followed that up with 5 billion downloads in June 2010. The App Store has been such a resounding success for mobile computing that Apple's competitors have been forced to launch similar ventures. Google, Microsoft, Research In Motion, Nokia, and Samsung all offer apps through their own app storefronts. But the venture has not been without controversy. Early on, Apple's app approval process often frustrated developers, who were … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads
(CBS News) Angry Birds Space has arrived! The adorable avengers of all enraged, winged vertebrates are taking on the zero-gravity vastness of space. Angry Birds take off in "space"Angry Birds in space challenged by gravity "After a giant claw kidnaps their eggs, the Angry Birds chase it into a wormhole and find themselves floating in a strange new galaxy - surrounded by space pigs! Luckily the Angry Birds have super powers of their own," reads the App Store description. Rovio's fourth iteration of Angry Birds is taking the Apple App Store by storm, shooting to the top of the paid apps chart - knocking down that other viral mobile game, OMGPOP's Draw Something. Angry Birds Space has also garnered 2,260 ratings that average four-and-a-half stars. So what is the big deal with this version, besides making a debut on the new iPad's Retina Display? Birds flying at space pigs in zero-gravity - need we say more? Gameplay is similar to the previous versions of the game, however, there will … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Angry Birds Space dominates App Store