They came, they saw, they downloaded. Well, some of them downloaded. Consumer interest in apps continued to climb in 2013, but for the developers who created them, the year was filled with a variety of platform changes, concerns over how user data is handled, an emphasis on analytics and more than a few surprising mergers and acquisitions. Thus, FierceDeveloper is taking a look back on the year that was to put some of the biggest stories in perspective.
Tribune agreed to buy Sony's Gracenote division, which provides metadata for digital media. The unit will be run out of Tribune's media services group, which will pay $170 million to Sony.
After years of negotiations, Apple fnally inked a deal with China Mobile to bring its iPhones to the world's largest carrier starting Jan. 17. The agreement is expected to significantly expand Apple's business in the world's biggest smartphone market.
China Mobile officially launched TD-LTE service Wednesday, as had been expected. However, the company has still not announced a deal with Apple to support the company's iPhones on its network, an announcement that had been expected alongside China Mobile's network launch.
Apple's iBeacon technology is already being seen by some experts as having a transformative effect on the retail sector and beyond. It could also represent Apple's response to those who have wondered if the company would ever adopt Near Field Communications technology in iPhones. Special report.
Apple's iPhone 5s is off to a bang at U.S. carriers and has been the top-selling smartphone at all four of the Tier 1 carriers during the past three months, according to a new report from Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The analyst also said that Apple's new lower-cost iPhone 5c has been in the top three spots for all four of the carriers as well.
Streaming music service Spotify said it will offer a free streaming product on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. However, there are a few catches.
The use of micro-location as a boost for retail sales and other applications is getting more attention. Not only did this week bring news from Qualcomm regarding a new commercial product release, but a startup also raked in a seed round of funding to launch its beacon business.
Developers didn't even need 140 characters to describe their reaction to Apple's reported $200 million acquisition of Topsy last week.
Morgan The numbers are in, and it's time to make sense of the data. ABI Research's Michael Morgan checks out the world's 14 largest branded cell phone makers in the third...