Your Thursday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
FB Launches Facebook Camera – An Instagram-Style Photo Filtering, Sharing, Viewing iOS App (via TechCrunch)
Insta-who? Today Facebook begins rolling out Facebook Camera for iOS to English-speaking countries, a standalone photos app where you can shoot, filter, and share single or sets of photos and scroll through a feed of photos uploaded to Facebook by your friends. Developed by Facebook’s photos team without the help of Instagram because the acquisition deal hasn’t closed yet, Facebook Camera looks a lot like the app TechCrunch leaked images of a year ago, and is designed for quicker publishing than Facebook’s multi-featured primary mobile app.
How Facebook Can Solve Its Mobile Problem: Build a Browser (via PandoDaily)
The discussion around the mobile threat to Facebook’s business has gone from murmured dissent to drum-busting cacophony. The company has said that mobile is top priority, but shifting a cumbersome network that was conceived a decade ago, when neither the iPhone or iPad were around, is going to be more than tough. As its underwhelming mobile apps have so far demonstrated, it’s difficult to shoe-horn the data-heavy Facebook experience into a small-screen environment.
Yahoo Axis: A surprisingly fresh take on mobile browsers (via GigaOM)
Yahoo announced the launch of a new mobile browser on Thursday: Yahoo Axis is available in the iTunes App Store for iOS devices and will be supported on other mobile platforms in the future. An Axis plugin for HTML5 browsers on the desktop allows for browsing sessions and searches to be synchronized from smartphone to computer. With Axis, Yahoo is attempting to turn the browser from “destination to companion.”
Google Play gets in-app subscriptions for Android (via BGR)
The update comes more than year after the Mountain View-based company introduced in-app billing in what was then called the Android Market. “Since the launch, In-app Billing has been extremely successful in helping developers monetize their apps through try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other popular business models,” Google said on its developer blog. In-app subscriptions will allow developers to sell monthly or annual subscriptions from within their apps.
PayPal rallies 15 retail partners for in-store payment drive (via GigaOM)
The announcements, made at a press event Thursday, were aimed at demonstrating the progress PayPal is making in bringing its payment system from the online world into the offline world of retail. The online payment giant has been moving aggressively in bringing alternative payment tools to brick-and-mortar businesses, from small shops to large retail chains.
Google’s Triumph Over Oracle Is a Big Win for Android (via ReadWriteWeb)
The jury in Oracle’s patent case against Google delivered a unanimous verdict in favor of the search giant today, exonerating Google’s use of Java in Android and dashing Oracle’s dreams of millions of dollars in damages.
To Understand Our Mobile Future, Look to China (via PandoDaily)
China search leader Baidu has just released a report on mobile trends that provides insight on what lies ahead for the future of the Internet in general.
Why carriers need to treat developers more like partners (via GigaOM)
Several years ago, operators could have gotten away with treating everyone else in the mobile ecosystem as a mere supplier. After all, they ran the whole show. If your service, device or technology was ever going to make it onto an operator’s network, you had to kiss the ring. A lot has changed in a few years.
Microsoft’s Smart Decision for the Windows Phone Marketplace (via ReadWriteWeb)
This is the distinct difference between how Microsoft and Google approach their mobile operating systems. Whereas Google has been laissez-faire with how its ecosystem behaves, Microsoft has learned from Android’s shortcomings and controls as much of the Windows Phone experience as possible. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that only phones running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) would be allowed to access the Marketplace. Users that do not have version 7.5 will be prompted to update through Microsoft’s “Update Central” when trying to download an app.