App Store

Pebble to launch app store for its smartwatch in coming months

Pebble smartwatch owners should soon find it easier to find apps for their device, with the company behind the device on Wednesday announcing it's lining up the launch of a centralized app store early next year.


Skydrive gets a makeover for iOS, complete with automatic picture upload feature

Microsoft has announced a major update to its Skydrive app for iOS. In addition to a new look, bringing it up to date with iOS 7, the app now supports automatic uploading of pictures to Skydrive.


Jolla signs up Russian search giant Yandex to provide Android apps for its smartphone

Jolla has announced a partnership with Yandex, the Russian search giant, where its recently launched Android application store will come installed on Jolla's Sailfish OS smartphone.


Dedicated Google Glass app store coming in 2014

Google's face-based Glass gadget looks set to launch with its own dedicated app store, some time in 2014. There are, understandably, few apps available for the device at the current time, though more and more developers are working on changing that.


‘App store’ fight ends – Apple drops trademark lawsuit against Amazon

Apple boss Tim Cook said last year that he "hates litigation", so it may not come as a surprise to learn that this week the company backed down in a long-running trademark dispute with Amazon over the use of the term "app store".


App-y Birthday! How 5 years of the App Store has changed software forever

Despite not being the first of its kind, the Apple App Store changed the way we buy software (and not only on our phones), introduced us to thousands of almost indispensable apps, and started the smartphone revolution.


Apple offers free apps ahead of App Store 5th anniversary, save up to $20

Apple is offering a bunch of free apps ahead of the fifth anniversary of its App Store on Wednesday. The limited-time deal, which offers savings of up to $20, includes the likes of Barefoot World Atlas, Infinity Blade II, and Traktor DJ.


Best apps of the week: Limbo, Anchor, Vine, and more

Need a way to kill time over the long holiday weekend? How about kicking back with some of the best apps of the week including Quell Memento, Microsoft OneNote, Anchor by Tomfoolery, and plenty more.


Apple gloats: 900,000 apps, 50 billion downloads for the Apple App Store

Speaking at his WWDC keynote today, Apple's Tim Cook mentioned some impressive App Store stats: App Store users have downloaded 900,000 apps with 50 billion downloads from the service (up from 30 billion in 12 months).


The inevitable happens and BangWithFriends gets the App Store boot

If you want to use BangWithFriends, don't look in Apple's App Store - it's banned. The BWF app has only been available for iPhone for a mere week, and already the prudish Apple has given it the ax.

Social Media

Apple’s App Store reaches 50 billion downloads milestone

Downloaded an app onto your iDevice recently? If so, you might, just might – though probably won't – get a call from Apple in the coming days telling you you've won a $10,000 App Store gift card for downloading the 50 billionth app from the store.

Apple lets you download iOS apps from the Web without launching App Store will allow company's to embed a button on their sites, letting people download iOS apps without needing to even have their mobile device present. The API is currently in beta and being tested out by a handful of developers.


Want a $10,000 app gift card? Be the one to download Apple’s 50 billionth app

Apple announced that it will award a $10,000 app store gift card to whomever downloads the 50 billionth app since the store opened. Those who download the following 50 apps will be given $500 gift cards.


Home Design 3D app lets you design virtual models of your home

Home Design 3D lets users create virtual renderings of their home so they can test out paint colors and furniture layouts. The app, available for $7 on iOS, received praise from NY Times as one of the best interior design apps available.


Facebook-connected ‘Angry Birds Friends’ now available on Android and iOS

The Facebook-connected 'Angry Birds Friends' is now available on the App Store. Play against your friends on Facebook with daily and weekly updates. As usual, you can get a free, ad-supported version of the game, or a premium, ad-free version.