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App stores

a clear warning - erlin Brain Test malware more cunning than 1st thought

Tripwire’s Erlin warns of dangers

An app known as Brain Test has been infecting Android phones since August [2015]. Apparently, it pushes unwanted ads onto devices. However, researchers now think the malware may be more advanced than previously thought. According to a report cited by EWeek, the malware installs a rootkit allowing hackers to run an arbitrary code on the infected device. Tim Erlin, director of security IT and risk management at Tripwire commented, “Ads appearing on your Android phone outside of a specific application are a clear warning sign that something is wrong.” Continue reading

the real thing Fake Xcode wreaks havoc with apps on iTunes

China based attack even affects TenCent’s WeChat

It seems that malware dubbed XcodeGhost has been found embedded in hundreds of legitimate apps on Apple’s iTunes App Store. No reason for most iOs users to panic because the affected apps all seem to be those aimed at the Chinese market. It seems that the malware got passed Apple’s software checkers because it was introduced by a bogus copy of Xcode – the software required by all those wishing to develop iOS apps. Worryingly, however, it is app developers who are being targeted in this attack. The official line is that it was quicker to download the bogus Xcode from Chinese servers rather than Apple’s own. However, GoMo News would speculate that since the licence fee for Xcode is so high, developers were drawn to the fake version because it was free. Continue reading

Twitter's Ross Sheil at APS To sell your apps, be social

Advice from Twitter’s Ross Sheil @ App Promotion Summit

To ensure that an app is successful, business developers should ensure that they focus on social media sales rather than app stores. That was the underlying message in presentations at the App Promotion Summit held in London yesterday [July 9th 2015] from both Facebook and Twitter. Plenty of statistics were given to support this, by Ross Sheil of Twitter in particular. These sites are also providing developers with software suites to analyze app performance, the aim being to identify usage patterns and keep your users engaged. Twitter’s Fabric suite for mobile developers is in fact now a year old. Continue reading

oneplus one - designed on an apple? OnePlus has missed a trick by bundling Google apps

GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset

When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

perhaps wonPyo hong has the answer? Samsung drops availability of bada apps thru new store front

Handset vendor renames its store to Galaxy Apps Store

It seems that Korea’s Samsung Electronics has decided to re-launch its online app store as Samsung Galaxy Apps – obviously to pump up the Galaxy brand. One change is that there will be a specific section on the new app store just for Galaxy devices named ‘For Galaxy’. You should only be able to see this section if you possess a Galaxy device. The company appears to be encouraging developers to create Galaxy apps using its own SDKs [Software Developers Kits]. At the same time, Samsung has apparently decided to drop direct support for its own mobile OS – bada, on the new store. Its about as clear as mud what will happen for those who still want bada os apps. Where will they go? Continue reading

that's definitely a street map of Jakarta Upstream says Nokia is aiming X2 @ India

We say Nokia is competing vs Blackberry over Indonesia

Even though the original Nokia X is barely six months old, last week [June 24th 2014] the handset division of Microsoft launched the Nokia X2. It’s running what most observers refer to as a ‘forked’ version of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) but this time it has a more Nokia/Microsoft style UI. It’s also avoiding Google’s Play app store as far as technically possible. If users aren’t content with the Nokia Store, then the handset vendor recommends other stores such as 1Mobile Market, Aptoide, SlideME, Mobango and Yandex. Now Vasileios Tziokas, marketing manager with Upstream reckons that Nokia is definitely targeting India with this device. Given that it should be priced sub INR 8,000 (€99) that seems a fair assumption. However, GoMo News thinks it has spotted a deliberate attempt to competing in Blackberry’s favourite market – Indonesia. Continue reading

Panoramic_pod Take quality panoramic shots using a smartphone

All you need is the Panoramic Pod for about $26

Here’s one for the budding photographers and a great way of showcasing the full capabilities of high quality cameraphones. The site selling it in the UK (I Want One of Those) says it is “compatible with Apple and Android smartphones.” Here at GoMo Towers we think this is because there are panoramic apps available on the Apple iTunes app store (360 ) and on Google Play (Panorama: 360 by TeliportMe). We reckon that those with Nokia’s mega cameraphones like the Lumia 1020. After all the Panoramic Pod is basically a tripod with a clockwork motor in it. Continue reading

- macmillan Fund pays app developers in 7 not 60 days

Pollen launches velocity capital to aid user acquistion

Good news for mobile developers who are struggling to fund the success of their apps. Finance company, Pollen, is partnering with leading mobile advertising networks to seamlessly connect its patent-pending financial technology platform at the intersection of the apps and ads worlds. Basically, Pollen is pioneering a new class of capital – Velocity Capital. It’s just gone live with closed beta in the USA and UK – deploying in excess of $150 million. Velocity Capital enables app developers to be paid seven days after their sales within app stores. Even though the stores themselves delay payment for as long as 60 days. Continue reading

pollen_ads New FinTech company offers faster access to app store revenue

Announces closed beta

Press release

May 22nd 2014. Pollen, a new FinTech company based in London and San Francisco, has announced it will deploy in excess of $150 million of ‘Velocity Capital’ to mobile app developers during 2014. This come with the launch today [May 22nd] of its closed beta in the USA and UK. A range of independent and venture backed start-ups have already had early access to the initiative. Continue reading

runaway growth in smartphone usage - leyland Bango launches Operator Billing for app stores in Africa, LatAm and the Middle East

Focuses on expanding payments in the new smartphone economies

Press release

May 13th 2014. Mobile payment leader Bango has announced continued momentum in 2014, confirming its growing influence as the global platform that connects app stores with Direct Operator Billing (DOB). Since the beginning of 2014, Bango has launched additional DOB for app store partners with Saudi Telecom and Mobily in Saudi Arabia, Mobinil in Egypt, Telkom in South Africa, Telefónica in Mexico and Telenor in Hungary. In many cases these are brand new DOB deployments, the first time the operator has enabled charge-to-bill for app stores. DOB gives customers the ability to charge the cost of a digital purchase to their phone bill, in just one click. Continue reading

Alfred-Beiley Guest Post: Things to consider before submitting iOS apps to iTunes

by Alfred Beiley, a blogger who now works with 360 Degree Technosoft

After developing a mobile or tablet applications, it is important to perform certain actions and let the application undergo these processes for smooth running on an app store. Amongst these processes, some of them are to be invoked from the app developer’s side whilst the other ones come as a part of normal procedures from the app store. Carrying our discussion over to iOS, there are far and wide things to be considered while developing iPhone applications and also while submitting it to the iTunes App app store. Once the application is ready, it is the duty of the developer to follow some explicit rules for launching the app. Continue reading

- pemberton UK travel industry missing good app store optimisation

Yodel Mobile discovers typos & spelling mistakes in Apple apps

Research carried out by Yodel Mobile, has found that app discovery in the travel industry is stalling. This is due to simple things such as spelling mistakes (typos); omitting obvious keywords plus using only 30 per cent of available keyword capacity. These results come from Yodel’s analysis of the top UK travel brands and their efforts at discoverability within the Apple App Store. Continue reading

yodel-mobile Top UK travel brands missing app store optimisation opportunity

Yodel Mobile research finds app discovery in the travel industry stalling due to spelling mistakes and omitting obvious keywords and only 30 per cent of available keyword capacity being used

Press release

April 22 2014. Integrated mobile marketing agency, Yodel Mobile, has released the results of its analysis of the top UK travel brands (according to ranking criteria) and their efforts at discoverability within the Apple App Store. In particular the use of keywords was analysed against three criteria: – capacity (how many of the permitted total keywords were used?); relevancy (how successful were each of the brands at connecting the app with relevant, travel-related keywords?); and typos (how many keywords were misspelt?). Continue reading

mobango_logo Nokia X may break Google’s strangehold with Play

Nokia promotes its own Store plus 4 others

Whilst some others prefer to call it a ‘forked’ version of Android and GoMo News describes it as the Android Open Source Project [AOSP], however you describe the Nokia X’s OS – it doesn’t offer access to standard Google services. And the most important of these is, of course, Google Play which is the new name for the old ‘Android Market’. So where do Nokia X owners find their Android apps, then? Short answer is that Nokia has created its own Android app called ‘Store’ and that takes you to its entirely separate app store for AOSP based devices. Plus four other independent apps stores. Continue reading