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AT&T launches enterprise apps initiative

AT&T (NYSE:T) announced the launch of Advanced Enterprise Mobility Solutions, a new group within its Business Solutions created to accelerate the delivery of mobile applications and services targeting companies, government bodies and organizations …

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FlyCast premieres cross-platform app development ecosystem

Smartphone entertainment provider FlyCast announced the introduction of appMobi, a new development ecosystem promising web developers the tools to create rich native applications for smartphones via Adobe DreamWeaver and Microsoft Visual Studio. According to FlyCast, the free appMobi suite will span the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems, offering “write once, deploy everywhere” capabilities that support cross-platform application creation, deployment and monetization–apps are created using common HTML and Javascript as well as open-source PhoneGap tools, including development libraries and a cross-platform emulator. In addition, FlyCast will open up its internal development tools to bolster PhoneGap with content management solutions, advertising (targeting, insertion and tracking), cloud services, realtime updating, reporting and payment and subscription tools. FlyCast also will provide enhanced certification, QA and support around the PhoneGap-based APIs.

FlyCast will release a preview of appMobi to select developers on Jan. 22–for information on participating in the preview, click here. The ecosystem will open wide on March 1.

For more on appMobi:
– read this release

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Mobile app downloads forecast to reach 5 billion in 2014

Mobile application downloads are expected to reach 5 billion in 2014, more than double 2009’s estimated 2.3 billion downloads, according to a new forecast issued by ABI Research. Citing growing smartphone adoption–sales grew 20 percent this year–as well as the proliferation of app stores behind the surge, ABI anticipates the iPhone will remain the leading platform for mobile software, although its share of the overall application market will contract during the latter stages of the forecast period–the forecast declares Android will benefit most from the upcoming boom, increasing from 11 percent of total application downloads this year to 23 percent five years from now. “This rapid growth is driven by the mass adoption of the Android OS by both vendors and consumers from 2009 onwards,” says ABI wireless research associate Bhavya Khanna in a prepared statement. “There are now more than 14 phones that run the Android OS, and many more will launch in 2010. This, coupled with the rollout of application stores from both smartphone vendors and network operators, will see the iPhone’s share of the total market shrink between 2010 and 2014.”

Despite growing consumer interest in mobile applications, ABI expects revenues from app sales will decline by 2013 as competition forces downward pressure on prices. Another trend to watch: An increase of free and advertiser-supported applications rivaling premium apps, typified by the launch of the free Google Maps Navigation turn-by-turn service.

For more on the ABI Research forecast:
– read this release

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Alca-Lu rolls out mobile app development tools

Alcatel-Lucent announced a series of new capabilities promising to help operators open their networks to developers and content providers in an effort to accelerate creation of mobile apps. According to Alca-Lu, its new Application Exposure Suite solution enables operators to make network assets available via “exposure layer,” providing developers secure access to functionalities like billing, location and connection optimization to bolster web-based services and new mash-up capabilities. AES promises operators key services across their enablers, such as secure access to network assets and subscriber privacy.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent premiered its Open API service, enabling managed and controlled access to aggregated network capabilities through a web portal. Alca-Lu notes the Open API Service allows developers to leverage enablers from multiple carriers in one place, effectively eliminating the need to establish individual relationships with carriers. Developers instead enter into one contractual agreement to receive access to APIs along with technical support and testing tools.  

For more on Alca-Lu’s mobile development efforts:
– read this release

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