Verizon creates a fuss over carrier-driven app store, Google rolls out app install ads, and PC market shows new signs of life

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This week’s news got a little heated after sources confirmed a new app store competitor, headed up by Verizon, may be on the rise. Other top stories focused on the growing app install ad market and a declining PC industry providing some healthy revenue to its manufacturers. Here’s a look at the top industry news: Verizon’s potential plan to launch an app store creates controversy Creating quite the stir this week was the exclusive story from The Information’s Amir Efrati…

Mobile ad revenues hit record high, Lenovo’s plan for world domination, and Windows 8 struggles

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As news continues to circulate about Microsoft and what’s in store for the second half of the year, writers explore new trends and challenges device maker’s face in their efforts to expand globally and the staggering amount of money being poured into mobile ads. Let’s take a look at some of top stories from this week: While still not convincingly effective, mobile ad revenue on the rise Mobile advertising is hitting record highs, nearly doubling from 2012 to 2013 reaching…

This week in tech: it’s all about Microsoft.

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Microsoft's Satya Nadella

One things for certain at Microsoft – the new CEO, Satya Nadella, is shaking things up. Nadella has laid out his vision for Microsoft’s success: replacing his predecessor’s “devices and services” strategy with a “mobile first, cloud first” approach. This week’s news headlines were signs of Nadella sticking to his guns. Microsoft not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 ‘Update 2’ Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows 8 major updates, noting in a blog post that “despite rumors and…

Android captures 85% market share, Chinese smartphone vendors outpace Apple and Samsung

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Android 85% market share

This week’s newsrooms were buzzing with excitement as new reports indicate massive growth and new powerful contenders in the smartphone race. Here are the highlights: Motorola slowly rises from the ashes in 2014 Shortly after the merger with Lenovo in 2013, Motorola has (surprised) mobile-industry skeptics and made a fast turnaround in 2014. According to insiders that spoke with The Information’s Amir Efrati, Motorola is Amir expects to sell between 28 and 32 million smartphones this year, up from about…

Introducing the 1Button App, from our friends in Seattle, Amazon

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SweetLabs Amazon App

Developers and companies of all sizes turn to SweetLabs to distribute their apps to millions of users across our rapidly growing app install network. We’re pleased to share how Amazon has brought their suite of services to users across the world through a partnership with SweetLabs. Of course we all know Amazon for being ‘The Everything Store.’ But beyond the convenience of being able to buy anything and everything, Amazon also offers an arsenal of awesome services, and we’re pleased…