5 Cool Replacements for Default Android Apps

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One of the great things about having an Android device is the possibility to customize. Bored with an app, the way your homescreen looks, or what is displayed on your lockscreen? No problem, you can replace anything in seconds. This also goes for the core applications, you can even substitute your calendar, dialer, email client, and contact list easily. This list contains some of my favorites — all of them are free, with some offering in-app purchases.

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App Store rejects female masturbation game while approving weed selling game

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Masturbation is a legal, private practice in most states, but private, weed exchanges are typically not. This hasn’t prevented iTunes from taking a stand on whether it favors one or the other. The latest rejected sex app is HappyPlayTime, a masturbation game aimed at eliminating social stigmas associated with female masturbation. (more…)

Amazon hoping to drive Appstore downloads with Christmas week deals

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With new smartphones and tablets near the top of just about everyone’s holiday wish list, Amazon is hoping to drive all new users to its Appstore by offering a slew of deals, including free games and even a $5 credit to use on future purchases. (more…)

Apple experiments with incorporating app ratings in Top Chart rankings

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Photo via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

Apple is reportedly experimenting with incorporating app ratings as a factor for its App Store Top Charts rankings. This move isn’t unexpected, as developers have entered into a silent war against Apple, pleading for it to remove the ranking charts from iTunes altogether. This is due, in part, too the ability for developers to pay to artificially inflate their app store positions with fake downloads.

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Mobiroo launches “All You Can App” subscription service in Malaysia

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Toronto-based Mobiroo will begin to offer its “apps on-demand” service in the Asia Pacific. Through a partnership with Malaysia’s biggest telecommunications provider, Celcom Axiata Berhad, Mobiroo will offer an “All You Can App” subscription service providing unlimited access to a selection of top paid apps and games. The service acts very similarly to the way Netflix or Spotify streaming works. The current app library is nearing over 750 with more titles added daily. (more…)

iOS App Store celebrates 5th anniversary, discreetly makes select apps free

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Apple has quietly made some of its most popular games and applications free, perhaps in conjunction with the iOS App Store first launching five years ago this week. With original prices ranging from $0.99 to $19.99, the applications seem to be hand selected as some of the store’s most popular and successful.

The App Store will celebrate its fifth birthday on July 10th and Apple has already begun sharing statistics to show how far it has come. At WWDC earlier last month, the company announced that it had accumulated 575 million app store accounts. These users are selecting from a catalog of apps surpassing 900,000.

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Report: 160 billion apps to be downloaded on mobile devices in 2017

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According to new reports from Juniper Research and news site Cinema Blend, the mobile app market will expand to 160 billion downloads in 2017. Just in 2013, there is only a 80 billion download projection, which is already a significant increase year-to-year.

In its report entitled, “Future App Stores: Discovery, Moonetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013 – 2018,” Juniper Research discussed the app discovery and app store revenue. It also brought up new app discovery tools put in place to spread awareness to and increase downloads. The report specifically mentions the new Google Play Game Services feature which will make discovering apps that friends easier to find. It will also rank free apps higher than paid ones, increasing the total number of downloads for the year.

The numbers here show that the mobile market is constantly growing. Unlike other gaming platforms, mobile apps and downloads are not limited by hardware restraints and is the easiest to appeal to casual users. There are no signs of slowing for the industry.

For more information, refer to Juniper Research’s whitepaper available here.

Safari declines in mobile browser usage, others gain traction

browser-share-mobile_610x347 With over 60 percent of usage, Safari is the most widely used mobile web browser application by a longshot. However, a report from CNET shows that Apple browser may be losing a bit of steam. The browser dipped from 60 percent usage to 58 percent from May to June. (more…)

Breaking into the iOS leaderboards, Distimo shares required revenue and downloads to place in the charts

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For app developers, finding top placement in a respective app store charts can be helpful for discoverability and viral growth. However, breaking into the top charts has become increasingly difficult for the iOS store. Mobile app analytics firm, Distimo, has released some statistics on what it takes for an application to break into the top charts in the iOS app store. According to a monthly report, the company found that:

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How App Store Rankings Affect Developers and Gamers

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An informal petition has been launched among iOS app developers, each stating their views on why Apple should remove its chart system from the App Store. Instapaper creator Marco Arment is one of the many voices pleading for Apple to remove the lists, and his reasoning is incredibly sound. (more…)

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