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Apple App Store sees 6x revenue versus Android in top apps

Apple App Store sees 6x revenue versus Android in top apps

Apple's App Store generates six times the revenue of Google's Android Market for the top 200 grossing titles, app analysis firm Distimo has calculated, while in-app purchases account for 65-percent of revenues for the top grossing 200 Android software. The findings, part of Distimo's January to November 2011 report, also include news that the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft's mobile download store, has overtaken Nokia's Ovi Store and RIM's BlackBerry App World for games, and is now the fourth largest app store in that category.

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Samsung ChatON for Android Review

Samsung ChatON for Android Review

When it comes to communication solutions in our modern connected, mobile, and forward thinking society, we've got no lack of abundance, especially when it comes to messaging applications. What Samsung has tried to do here with their own group chat app by the name of ChatON is to differentiate by having both a simple to use interface as well as connections to basically every media gallery on your device, as well as your camera. Have a peek here at our hands-on review of ChatON and know this: the application is out on the market already and you'll be able to download it for free for Android and Bada right this minute if you wish!

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Android Market has 22 apps pulled by Google to prevent fraudulent charges

Android Market has 22 apps pulled by Google to prevent fraudulent charges

Security vendors have tipped off Google to 22 applications that trick users into accepting fraudulent charges. This "SMS toll fraud", as Lookout Mobile Security has coined it, will trick users into accepting charges via SMS. The applications will appear similar to well-known software gaining trust of the user so the user accepts the ToS and, unfortunately, the hidden charges that come with it.

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Games coming back to Android Market in South Korea

Games coming back to Android Market in South Korea

Google has just announced that its bringing back games to the Android Market in South Korea. The decision follows Apple's re-introduction of iOS platform games earlier this mont,h and comes because South Korea has changed its policy regarding mobile applications. Until recently, the South Korean government required that all games be appraised and audited by the "Game Rating Board," a stringent demand that quickly prompted companies Apple and Google to remove their entire games category from their respective app stores.

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Google Catalogs now available on Android Tablets

Google Catalogs now available on Android Tablets

Google has finally made its Google Catalogs service available today on its tablets running the Android operating system, months after arriving on, well, Apple's iPad back in August. There are store catalogs from more than 125 brands, including Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma, Nike and Sephora. The app itself, which is entirely free, is downloadable from the Android Market, and also offers more than 400 digital catalog issues that can be browsed by various categories. Could have come a bit earlier to Android tablets from Google themselves, instead of to the iPad first, but, oh well, it's at least here.

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Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Google Music app launches for Google TV, music purchases on Android Market

Just as Google affirmed with their announcement yesterday, their music service is "opening up to a broader audience and that it will integrate with the music store on Android Market to make music discovery, purchase, and sharing easy and fast." Well, the Google Music App has just launched right now for the Google TV, as well as the Android Market now opening up to music purchases to select Android smartphones. So for all you Android and Google TV users out there, feel free to start downloading and listening to your favorite tunes.

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Galaxy Nexus Unboxing and Hands-on

Galaxy Nexus Unboxing and Hands-on

Could the Galaxy Nexus be the most anticipated Android phone of the holiday season? It certainly has some strong competition, with the DROID RAZR and HTC Rezound doing their level best to muscle into the market ahead of the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone's arrival. Still, Samsung's smartphone - and the third device to wear the official Nexus branding - has plenty to differentiate it, not just Android 4.0. The HSPA+ model has arrived on the SlashGear test bench; read on for our first impressions.

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Google Music Artist Hub gives no-label indy bands full control

Google Music Artist Hub gives no-label indy bands full control

Google has announced this week a whole new Google Music which will, as they explain, allow music artists to sell their own music at a 70/30 cut, that's 70% of the profit sent to the artist or band, plus a one-time fee. Artists are able to create their own profile for a one-time $25 fee, and will be able to sell their music directly to fans through this page. Individual tracks and albums will be able to be posted and sold, and all purchases will be able to be shared in the Google+ social network, through Android, and more. You'll be able to share tracks for free, preview tracks as little or as much for free as you like, and cash in without any label in between.

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Google Music works with Major Labels, Indy Labels, and shares galore

Google Music works with Major Labels, Indy Labels, and shares galore

This week we're hearing all there is to know about the Google Music ecosystem as it exists both in the cloud and in the Android Market, not to mention inside the Google+ social network. What we're to understand thus far is that Google Music Beta, launched this summer on a limited scale, will now be open and available for everyone (in the USA thus far) for people to keep their music in the cloud completely for free. This ties in with the Google Music part of the Android Market, also open today, where users can purchase tracks and instantly have them both on their device and in the cloud where they can pin them to any device in the future. Announced with this big set of tidbits were three of the top four labels in the USA, EMI, Universal, and Sony Music.

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Google Music integrates with Android Market for digital MP3 sales

Google Music integrates with Android Market for digital MP3 sales

This week at the "These Go To Eleven" event in Los Angeles, California, Google has revealed that they will begin digital sales of music through the Android Market with Google Music. This announcement puts Google in what they hope will be direct competition with the giants of online music sales such as iTunes, but places the ability to purchase music right alongside their apps, books, and video sales. This event, mind you, took place at Mr Brainwash Studios, this fellow Mr Brainwash the guy you may know well from the graffiti artist Banksy's film "Exit Through the Giftshop" - his artwork strewn about the walls.

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