Podcast - 23rd July 2014
We start this week's podcast with news that thousands of Microsoft's ex-Nokia employees are losing their jobs.
Other topics for discussion include the new Apple and IBM partnership, Yahoo's acquisition of Flurry, regulating mobile games, improving rural mobile coverage, BT's new phone service and some management movements.
Yahoo! has agreed to acquire Flurry, a US-based business that provides mobile app developers with information about the people using their apps as well as providing insight to advertisers and publishers.
Flurry currently sees activity from more than 540,000 smartphone and tablet apps on over 1.4 billion devices worldwide. At the moment it’s used by 170,000 developers.
The European Commission says Google has agreed to change its policies in response to EC proposals about mobile gaming and in-app purchases.
In December 2013, the EC said games advertised as ‘free’ shouldn’t mislead consumers about the true costs. It also said consumers “should be adequately informed” about payment arrangements and shouldn’t be charged without giving explicit consent.
Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that’ll see IBM creating business-focussed applications for iPhone and iPad devices.
As part of the deal, IBM will also sell iPhones and iPads to its business clients with its apps already installed.
Samsung Electronics has replaced its ‘Samsung Apps’ mobile application store with a new online service called Samsung Galaxy Apps.
This new app store is targeted specifically at consumers with a Samsung Galaxy mobile device, promising hundreds of exclusive applications alongside non-exclusive apps.