Windows Phone hits 100k apps, Google buys Quickoffice + the death of Palm


Your Tuesday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.

Windows Phone hits 100K apps, but who’s getting the money? (via VentureBeat)
More importantly, almost exactly two thirds of the apps in the Marketplace are free. A further ten percent offer a free trial period, after which they are paid apps. Of paid apps, around 62 percent cost $0.99, and 81 percent of paid apps sell for less than $3 each.

Google Acquires Mobile Productivity Company Quickoffice (via TechCrunch)
Google just announced that it has acquired Quickoffice, a company best known for its mobile productivity suite for Android and iOS. Google plans to bring Quickoffice’s “powerful technology” to its own Apps product suite. Quickoffice allows its users to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on their mobile devices. The company says its software is currently installed on over 300 million devices in more than 180 countries.

Android smartphone sales sink in U.S. for fourth consecutive month (via BGR)
the number of new users who purchased an Android smartphone has steadily declined in each of the first four months of 2012. Apple’s iPhone, on the other hand, has continued to grow year-over-year while Google’s Android operating system in April registered its slowest user growth since 2009.

Sprint’s Virgin Mobile Becomes The Second Carrier To Offer A Prepaid iPhone (via TechCrunch)
We still don’t know how much the carrier will ask for the unlocked device, but we can expect something close to Cricket’s $499 price tag, for competitiveness’s sake. It’s also unclear whether or not Boost, another one of Sprint’s prepaid carriers, will carry the device.

Apple continues to dominate tablet market, Kindle Fire demand fizzles (via BGR)
ABI Research on Monday revealed the results of a its latest study concerning the global tablet market, which grew a whopping 185% year-over-year. The research firm found that Apple’s iPad continued to dominate the market, and after an explosive debut quarter, demand for Amazon’s Kindle Fire has begun to slow. Manufacturers shipped more than 18 million tablets in the first quarter of 2012, with Apple accounting for 11.8 million devices, or nearly 65% of the market.

Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS (via The Verge)
Thirty-one. That’s the number of months it took Palm, Inc. to go from the darling of International CES 2009 to a mere shadow of itself, a nearly anonymous division inside the HP machine without a hardware program and without the confidence of its owners. Thirty-one months is just barely longer than a typical American mobile phone contract.

‘Thank God’ for Apple’s beautiful crystal prisons (via BGR)
“Thank God Apple is the way it is, especially with so many schools purchasing iPads,” Testorff told BGR. “It is good that it is so difficult for kids to download and install bad Apps. Not every school knows how to police that. At least Apple does some of the policing for us. With Androids, it’s like the Wild West.”

About the author

Douglas Soltys

Douglas is the former Editor-In-Chief of Inside BlackBerry, BlackBerry Cool, and QuicklyBored, which he launched as a mobile gaming industry site. His knowledge of mobile and social media led him to a job at RIM (BlackBerry), where he got to travel the world and do lots of cool things. He is often left-handed, but rarely sinister.

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