Pakistan’s Mobilink Launches Local App Store

Pakistan’s leading mobile operator Mobilink has launched mobile app store Jazz Bananas. The service is available for subscribers of the mobile operator. Jazz Bananas offers free and paid apps for Symbian, Java and Android operating systems.  Apart from applications, available contents include other mobile accessories such as ringtones, animations and wallpapers. The store is open only [...]

Google shows application icons & ratings in search results

Since recently, Google added a new rich snippets feature, application reviews. Google already displays reviews for videos, events and music in its search engine. Now, users can view detailed application information in the search results as well. With this new rich snippet, users directly know that this search results contains an applications and includes an [...]

Global Differences In Content Distribution

It is our pleasure to release our latest Distimo Publication. This month’s publication focuses on the global differences in mobile app stores including content localization (local apps that are only published in one country) and differentiated user preferences around the world. In this publication, the importance of localized content will be analyzed across the major mobile [...]

Opera acquires Handster App Store

Last week mobile browser manufacturer Opera has announced the acquisition of Handster Inc., a mobile application store platform company. Handster’s storefront supports Windows Mobile, Google Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Java applications. Apart from their branded app store, they also provide a white-label platform for handset manufacturers, distributors and carriers. The service includes the customization of [...]

Vodafone Mobile Clicks Announces Winners

Since its launch in 2008, Vodafone Mobile Clicks invites each year mobile internet start-ups to participate in their competition and supports the most innovative solutions with cash. This year the competition was open to seven markets: Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Basically any start-up having a mobile site, [...]

Distimo Presentation From VDC Conference: Pricing For Success

We have just come back from the Verizon Developer Community Conference in Las Vegas. At the conference we gave a presentation titled: “Pricing for success: app industry trends and best practices.” The presentation covered the latest trends in application pricing and monetization and how developers can best respond to these trends. The three main topics [...]

Distimo Speaking At Mobile Monday Athens

Mobile Monday in Athens will take place for the first time on the 3rd of October. MobileMonday – MoMo for short –  is an open community platform for the mobile industry, where visionaries, ideas and mobile innovation meet. Distimo will be present, with Hendrik Koekkoek giving a speech on the topic Analyzing the Application Stores – [...]

Verizon Relaunches Android Appstore This Fall

While two of our team members are visiting Verizon Developer Conference in Las Vegas, Verizon announces to relaunch a new Android App store, “Verizon Apps”. Special feature of this new appstore will be the use of Chomp’s app search engine. Chomp’s search software bases its search not only on what the applications are called, it [...]

Tencent Launches App Center In China

There is already heavy competition going on among the Android app stores in China. Now the country’s internet giant Tencent has also stepped on the scene, by launching Tencent App Center. What does Tencent have to offer in this competition? First of all, it has a huge potential user-base. Tencent owns QQ, the most popular free IM program [...]

Premium Applications for Free with Getjar Gold

Last week, free application store GetJar announced to introduce a “Gold” service for Google Android devices. This new service enables consumers to download premium applications such as Age of Zombies, Tuneln Radio Pro, Solo and Splashtop Remote Desktop for free. Consumers can choose from 50 free top applications at launch of GetJar’s Gold edition. Moreover, [...]