What started out as an intriguing startup notion a few years ago — a mobile search engine that can find apps using natural language — has now raised a total of more than $74 million.
Apple’s changing its app store ranking algorithm, according to a new report from Fiksu. Now ratings are joining sheer number of installs in the ranking factors — and it’s calculating updates every three hours.
Two years ago, Apple debuted iAd with the goals of transforming how ads look, work, and sell, charging massive seven-figure sums for allowing brands the privilege of ushering in a brave new world of mobile advertising and capturing almost half of the mobile ad market. Predictably, iAd iFlopped.
In the good old days, Apple’s app store had a few thousand apps, and you could probably browse all of them to find what you wanted. That lasted about 30 seconds.
A month after Apple infamously booted app discovery engine AppGratis from the app store, the company has approved a new type of app discovery engine, this one based on friends, celebrities, and their apps.
Hubbl (still) says app discovery is broken but that contextual advertising could fix it.
Editor’s Pick AppGratis may have violated Apple guidelines, and it may not have. It’s very much up to interpretation and opinion. And very obviously, having first approved and then within days rejecting AppGratis, even Apple doesn’t have the same opinion all the time about the same app.
Fetch enables users to find games and apps based on personalized preferences.
Ask.com and app discovery engine Quixey have signed a deal that will see explicit app search capabilities embedded within a major search engine for the first time.
While the number of app stores has grown exponentially, discovering new ones is as tough as ever. Hubbl, however, may have the solution.
Despite some major revisions to the biggest mobile app platform stores, finding new and cool apps is still kind of difficult, which is something Hapoose plans to change.
Presumably, app discovery on iPhone and iPad is now solved, according to Apple.
AppAide, an iOS app that helps you find new apps people actually use, has greatly expanded its reach of what apps you might come across with the addition of app categories.
How do you promote your app before it’s even launched? Or create buzz around just one more app in a sea of 600,000 others?
Mobile application discovery startup Appsfire closed a $3.6 million funding round from French investors Idinvest, according to a Gigaom report.
Guest Post This discussion about mobile economy is one of the five themes we will be focusing on at the VentureBeat Mobile Summit, on April 25-26. We’ve carefully invited the top executives in mobile to discuss the biggest challenges of the day, which, if solved, can lead to much faster growth in the industry. And at our mobile “economy” session, we’ll talk about how monetization of mobile needs to move beyond just advertising, and we’ll have executives at table from the most important players, including Verizon, AT&T, Google, Zynga, Facebook Yahoo, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and many more. (If you think you should be part of the discussion, you can apply for a ticket.)
Guest Post Peter Yared is the vice president of apps at Webtrends, which acquired Transpond, a social-apps developer he founded. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.
As we head towards the New Year of 2011, the VentureBeat team has put together a list of things we’d like to see the tech and startup world improve on.
Applications purchased on the Android Marketplace for phones running Google’s Android mobile operating system can now be charged to AT&T phone accounts and paid for whenever users pay their bill normally.
Are you an app developer with a creation that’s ready for the klieg lights? VentureBeat has partnered with Intel to provide a new showcase for your mobile app: VentureBeat’s Mobile App Spotlight.
StumbleUpon, traditionally a tool for website discovery, is taking a crack at application discovery on the Android Marketplace with the launch of its App Discovery feature on its Android app today.
Here’s our roundup of this week’s tech business news. First, here are the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
As app stores multiply and the number of publicly released apps — just the ones we can see and count — approaches 1 million, content developers are having a hard time standing out from the crowd.
Intel isn’t happy just putting its chips into every imaginable device. It now wants to help developers sell apps that run on the devices its chip powers, too.
Finally, it looks like searching for apps on your smartphone will go from a terrible experience to a pretty good one.