I can’t wait to finish this post and rush to my iPhone. Prince of Persia is surely one of the most loved games of all time and it is now available on the App Store. Ubisoft has announced that the full retro classic version of Prince of Persia will be available as a universal application on the App Store.
That means, users shall be able to play the game both on the iPhone and iPad at dirt cheap $0.99. This has to be one of the cheapest, yet most awaited game on the iPad. If you can’t wait to download this, check it out at the App Store by clicking here.
Apple is launching the iPad outside the US in a week from now. Initially, the launch shall happen in a select list of nine countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain.
Now, in preparation of the launch, Apple is noted to have opened up the iPad App Store internationally. Multiple sources have told Engadget that the App Store for iPad specific apps are now available in these countries.
Do you see it in your country? Let us know in the comments
Apple is well credited for having revolutionized the mobile app market. Thanks to the terrific success of the App Store, we have every other platform owner conceiving an app store for their platform. Now Google Chrome Web Store may well be inspired by the Apple App Store. But the intentions are clearly different – Google wants to dominate the web app marketplace similar to the way Apple dominates the native mobile app space.
Clearly, the web app space is much bigger and with applications being web-driven have a lot more scope too. So in its I/O Conference yesterday, Google announced the Chrome Web Store – This will be a app marketplace that will built right into the Chrome web browser and later in the Chrome OS when it is launched.
Developers may use all of the available web technologies to create their apps (not quite restricting as iPhone apps!) and get paid. Users signed into their Google account may purchase their favorite apps in just one click, presumably via Google Checkout.
As you guessed it, the apps downloaded via the Chrome Web Store are not platform restrictive. They shall surely run in other browsers as well. Only that, while on Chrome, users may be offered a quick-access navigation to their apps – something that other browsers may not offer.
With this, Google may not only reach the user on the computer, but also those on the smartphones since all the apps are accessible via the browser. However, restrictions do apply. If the iPhone does not support Flash, you may not be able to access Flash based web applications.
Launch date is not known though Google has indicated that it shall be “later this year”
A couple of days back, we had a shocker of a rumor that claimed that Apple could soon be integrating its Mac OS X platform to the iTunes store so that only Apple approved software could be downloaded and installed on the platform.
Steve Jobs has now clarified that this is plainly a rumor and there is no truth to it. At least it appears so as we obviously cannot vouch for the authenticity of an email that transpired between a Mac user and Steve Jobs.
To a question, “There’s a rumor saying there will be a Mac App Store and no software without authorization from Apple will run on Mac OS X. Is that true?“, Steve Jobs has comprehensively answered that this will not be the case.
The days of an open environs at Mac OS X could soon be coming to an end if a recent rumor is anything to go by. According to App developer RixStep, Cupertino may start signing up with developers starting early autumn of this year and like with the iPhone and iPad, users will have to reach out to the iTunes/App store to purchase any software for their computer. Rixstep says,
“10.7 will have kernel support for (‘insistence on’) binaries signed with Apple’s root certificate. No software will be able to run on Mac OS X 10.7 without being approved and signed by Apple, Inc.”
Take the news with as much skepticism as you choose to. Few other developers from the Mac Developer Program have however refuted the claim and insist that there has been no announcement regarding this from Apple so far.
Nevertheless, this is a lot likely to happen. Apple has seen terrific success so far in the closed environment race on the iPhone and iPad and the company has taken up most of the decision making process for its users. With a lot of money to be made on the computer software download segment, it is quite likely that Apple will choose to get this ecosystem closed as well.
Lots of Apple stories today.
Few weeks back, Apple stunned app developers by deleting all iPhone apps with sexual content overnight. No reasons given for those apps, some of which had existed since the time App Store came to town. Phil Schiller, the head of Apple’s worldwide product marketing did however put the blame on “parents” and “women” who had found these apps unpalatable.
In short, Apple wanted to “cleanse” the App Store. The period of abstinence has been short-lived, however. Folks at MacStories have noticed a couple of iTunes pages that indicate that such apps could be making a come-back – this time on a separate category aptly titled, “Explicit software“. According to these reports, there could be one separate explicit section for iPad users as well.
I just wonder if Apple could have done away with all the negative PR that it so fondly accumulates with regards to the App Store by bringing in this section straightaway instead of letting the app developers wander in the wilderness for a month and now promising to get their apps back.
Early last month, there were reports that Google was working on an app store a-la Apple App Store in order to cater to the business customers. We are now hearing that this App Store is up and ready to launch this week.
Sources close to Mashable have revealed that Google’s Business App Store will be focused around Google Apps and is likely to launch tomorrow (Tuesday March 9).
As we had opined last time, a business app store has terrific opportunities for developers to create true value adding applications for businesses. Also considering the margins on offer, if this takes off, it could be a major coup for the Mountain View based company. What do you think?
There has been a furore over the way Apple banned a majority of iPhone apps with sexual content over the past week citing customer complaints. That has apparently not gone down well among developers who were grounded to the floor from revenues of several thousands a day.
Now, it appears that a separate category titled ‘Explicit’ could be added to the App Store. This was discovered by developers on iTunesConnect, the platform for new app submission. However, this category only made an appearance for a short period and has since then been removed.
Apple has indicated that while they are contemplating the move, “it’s not going to happen anytime soon”. But something tells me it’s going to happen in the next couple of days!
[via Cult of Mac
More than two million businesses today use either the free or paid version of Google Apps. This is in stark contrast to the over 500 million users of Microsoft Office. While one of the important reasons why Google Apps is yet to pose a significant challenge to Microsoft is undoubtedly the apprehensions about storing data in the cloud, there are also complaints about the lack of sufficient features on Google Apps.
In order to solve this, Google has apparently taken a leaf out of Apple’s book in order to launch a business app store primarily for businesses using of Google Apps. According to reports on the Wall Street Journal, this app store will function very similar to the Apple App Store. Developers can create applications that will offer an enhanced experience to Google Apps users – for instance, advance security features or the ability to import contacts. These applications can be sold on the business app store where Google will take a cut out of the sales and the remaining shall go to the developers.
An app store for businesses can be extremely rewarding simply because of the margins that it can offer. Unlike the Apple App Store which plays on volumes and where the prices of applications are most often under $10, those applications on Google’s business app store can sell at several hundred, if not thousands of dollars, considering that these are built for established businesses though the volume of sale is likely to be much lower.
However, questions about customer support and reliability on third party developers for applications remain. Considering businesses study a lot of parameters before spending their money, it is to be seen whether Google can actually pull this one off successfully.
What do you think? Can an app store for businesses be successful? Tell us what you think.
[via NY Times