The original Flappy Bird.

How in-app review mechanics pushed Flappy Bird to the top of the charts

If you’ve ever released a mobile app or game yourself, you’ve probably been asking yourself this same question through the whole Flappy Bird saga: how the hell did this game get to #1 in the App Store in the first place?

Why businesses are creating their own internal app stores

Increasingly, mobile devices are finding their way into the workplace. Companies are now finding ways to work with the flow by creating and releasing proprietary, internal apps for smartphones and tablets. Some even using their own app stores to do so.

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Windows Phone Marketplace hits 30,000 apps

Though it still has nothing on the Apple or Google mobile app stores, Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace now has more than 30,000 applications available for the Windows Phone 7 platform, according to Windows Phone App List.

Why in-app billing doesn’t solve all of Android Market’s problems

Google’s recent launch of in-app billing in the Android Market gives app developers a way to make more money by letting them sell digital content within their applications. It’s a great improvement for game and app developers looking to do business on the Android platform. But before you commit, you should be aware of a number of challenges you’ll face in selling apps on the Android Market.

DEMO: ApSynth aims to democratize Web app development

ApSynth is one of 53 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2011 event taking place this week in Palm Desert, Calif. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

GetJar raises another $25M for its mobile app store

Independent mobile-app seller GetJar just announced that it has raised $25 million in a third round of funding for what it calls the largest “open” app store in the world.

Intel’s AppUp doesn’t fix app fragmentation, but it might help

For Joe Morris, vice president of mobile content for game company Konami, the difference between having to port a game to 200 platforms and just a handful is more than enough reason to get excited over Intel launching its application-distribution platform, AppUp.

Jetcast’s new UniversalPlayer boasts built-in app store

Jetcast, a startup whose tools help Internet radio and television broadcasters make money, today announced the launch of a new media player, UniversalPlayer. The new media player gives broadcasters and advertisers something that previously only giants like Google and Apple might have: a built-in app store.