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Tag Archives: Apple App Store
Rovio, the Finnish games company and creator of Angry Birds, is entering legal hot water with Lodsys, a Texas company that claims Rovio violated its patents, according to the Telegraph. Lodsys claims its patents cover how Angry Birds allows players to purchase new levels in its mobile game apps. Angry Birds is downloaded more than one million times a day and has expanded beyond being a mobile app to many other platforms. The Telegraph reports that many European game developers have considered withdrawing their apps from the U.S. Apple App Store for fear Lodsys will sue them over the same patent violation: “The US patent system allows software implementations of ideas to be patented, which differs significantly from the European Union, although the European Parliament has been considering aligning patent rights with the US,” according to Start up Smart, a website for new businesses and entrepreneurs. “The growth of lawsuits in the US by so-called “patent trolls” – which simply demand payments after assessing intellectual property rights – poses a major threat to the burgeoning mobile app market.” Read more on The Telegraph.
Thanks to the popularity of the iPad 2 and iPhone 4, App Store downloads are up 61 percent this year over 2010. According to Gene Munster, a tech analyst for investment firm Piper Jaffray, iOS users are downloading 32.3 million apps per day at an average of 83 apps per user, up from 51 apps last year.
Judge Phyllis Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for Northern California has ruled that Amazon will not have to immediately cease use of the name “Appstore.” Apple had filed suit claiming that the company holds trademark rights to the term. Hamilton, in her ruling, said that while Apple has invested significant amounts of money in advertising and publicity for the Apple App Store, the term is not exclusive to them.
Considering the amount of hardware on the market, choosing a device can often have a lot to do with a mobile platform’s application ecosystem. As Wired’s Mike Isaac points out, over the past few years app markets have been springing up along with new hardware releases, all in varying states of maturity. Isaac compared the benefits and drawbacks of the top app stores, with the following observations.
Apple will begin enforcing its new iTunes App Store rules come June 30, and Amazon’s frequent Top 100 Kindle e-reader app is likely in Cupertino’s crosshairs. At issue is the prominent “shop in the Kindle store” button that takes users out of the App Store and into a web browser from which they can search for and purchase e-books.
Traditional search is evolving, with apps taking more of a role in helping people get to the information they need. As part of that, Yahoo is launching both iPhone and Android apps for app discovery, as well as a desktop app search experience. TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld tested the iPhone app called Yahoo! AppSpot, which helps you find the best apps according to your interests, similar to Chomp, Appsfire, or Disrupt startup Do@.