GetJar: We've given away $1 million worth of premium apps

Independent app store GetJar said today that it had given away $1 million worth of pay applications through its Gold program.

That equates to roughly 500,000 apps at an average price of $2 an app given away since the program started earlier this month.

GetJar is just one of many alternative app stores that have sprung up catering to Android and other smartphone platforms. Its most well known rival, beyond Android Marketplace, would be Amazon's app store. The app stores cater to developers who are increasingly looking to other avenue for distribution and revenue opportunities.

GetJar's Gold … Read more

GetJar offering premium Android apps for free

Mobile app store GetJar has unveiled a new program that serves up certain premium Android apps for free.

Looking to grab business from other app stores, GetJar's new Gold service specifically offers several Android apps for free that would cost some dough at Google's Android Market and Amazon's Appstore. The current crop of apps include some that can run as much as $4.99 elsewhere.

Right now, only about 40 such apps are available, but GetJar said that it's been introducing new apps every day in addition to the ones currently on the site. The company … Read more

Apple targets GetJar for using 'App Store' name

Apple has targeted yet another company on its path toward making the term "App Store" its own.

A cease-and-desist letter from Apple, represented by the law offices of New York's Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, has surfaced today and takes aim at GetJar, a company that claims to have "the world's largest free app store."

In the letter--which was acquired by The Wall Street Journal and dated June 22, 2011--Apple's lawyers take aim at GetJar's claim, specifically the use of the term "App Store." Apple asserts that those two words relate … Read more

GetJar aiming to rival Android Market

App store GetJar plans to "aggressively expand" its software for Android devices with at least part of a new $25 million funding round.

GetJar, which started its app shop in 2005, touts itself as the world's largest open app store and the second largest app store behind Apple's. GetJar boasts more than 1.5 billion downloads to date for multiple mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Symbian.

With the new capital, GetJar said it plans to expand its sales, marketing and engineering efforts. The company is eyeing the Android arena in particular and … Read more

AT&T prepares for the end to iPhone exclusivity

The end of 2010 is close and it looks like AT&T is beefing up its device portfolio and app offerings for a day when it isn't the only U.S. operator offering the Apple iPhone.

Earlier this week, the nation's second largest wireless operator launched the first Microsoft Windows Phone 7 phones, and it also added two new Android smartphones to its line-up. Additionally, it announced a new deal with app store provider GetJar, which will help it address the app market beyond smartphones.

By the end of the month, it's expected to begin selling … Read more


Links from Wednesday's episode of Loaded:

Windows Phone 7 launches and so do the new Windows Phone apps

Google announces Instant Preview, a feature that lets you preview Web sites before clicking n them shuts down its search efforts to focus on Q&A services

Apple has reportedly purchased Wi-Gear, a wireless headphone maker

Android users can control YouTube videos on their GoogleTV with the new app

AT&T users with non-Apple smartphones can get apps from GetJar

RIM claims that the BlackBerry PlayBook will cost less than $500

A court in Connecticut is set … Read more

AT&T ladles out GetJar apps--iPhone excluded

GetJar's mobile app store is now available in AT&T's AppCenter.

Upon downloading the application, AT&T customers can access the company's more than 75,000 applications. GetJar's store has several top titles, led by internationally beloved game, Angry Birds. GetJar also added the Shazam music app to its service yesterday. Apps downloaded from GetJar can be delivered to devices running Symbian, Android, and RIM's BlackBerry OS, among others.

Reuters reports that GetJar's store is available on about 50 different phones sold by AT&T, including BlackBerry smartphones and its "… Read more

Angry Birds tops 2 million Android downloads

Angry Birds has hit 2 million downloads on Android-based devices in just two days of availability, the game's developer announced on its Twitter account today.

On Friday, Rovio released Angry Birds for Android users on cross-platform app store, GetJar. The game is also available in the Android Market. Pent-up demand for the title, which has consistently been at or near the top of Apple App Store charts in several countries around the world, caused GetJar's site to crash on Friday. The site eventually recovered, and is currently up and running for those want to download the game to … Read more

Ask Maggie: On getting Android Apps, wiping devices clean, and syncing music

Smartphones are hot, but it's the mobile applications that make the devices so appealing to wireless subscribers.

Discovering new applications and figuring out which ones to use are not as easy as it sounds. A couple of readers have asked questions for help. And I've enlisted the help of CNET mobile-app expert, Jessica Dolcourt to find the answers. Also, what happens when you've got your phone loaded with apps and you want to get rid of it? I've answered a question about how to wipe your smartphone clean.

And finally, I've tried to take the … Read more

App store GetJar bottles up $11 million from VCs

GetJar, a mobile app store that offers software for most major smartphones, said Thursday it has picked up $11 million in financing.

GetJar said it will use the Series B funding generated by Accel Partners to continue to innovate its site and its services for customers and developers, including Pay-Per-Download, App Download Page, and App Catalogue Express.

GetJar is not nearly as well known as the Apple, Android, and BlackBerry mobile app stores. But according to GetJar, it has counted more than 1 billion downloads since its launch in 2005. GetJar describes itself as the world's second largest app … Read more