Instagram copycats, top apps of September and more

Sue Marek

There's no question that the mobile application ecosystem is dramatically changing the way consumers conduct everyday tasks, interact with each other and use their mobile devices. The Fierce editorial team spends a lot of time looking at mobile apps and the impact they have on the wireless business. Below are some of the special reports that we've written lately that focus on the mobile application market.

  • Facebook's $715 million acquisition of photo manipulation app Instagram in April prompted a slew of new photo apps to hit the market. FierceMobileContent's Sandhya Raman took a look at some of the other photo-sharing apps in the marketplace. Feature.
  • Each month, FierceMobileContent's Jason Ankeny looked at the best and brightest new iOS and Android apps that you can download to your smartphone. Here is a list of September's top apps.
  • FierceDeveloper Editor Shane Schick profiled The App Trust Project, a new initiative to address growing concerns about the degree of openness or "transparency" developers demonstrate about how consumer data is used. Feature.
  • FierceMobileContent's Jason Ankeny profiled PayDragon, which offers QR code-based customer engagement services for a host of business customers. Ankeny spoke to PayDragon Founder and CEO Hamilton Chan about the PayDragon's new Checkout feature and the mobile industry's impact on impulse shopping. Developer Workshop.

Keep your eyes peeled for more special reports and features from the Fierce team in the weeks ahead.--Sue