Microsoft's Bing is adding content from mobile applications to its search results, sweeping in apps on all three major operating systems. The move comes as Bing makes further inroads on Google, particularly on PCs, although it still lags considerably in mobile searches.
BlackBerry added to its trove of applications under a deal with Amazon that will provide customers with access to Amazon's Appstore. The deal will reportedly allow BlackBerry to focus on tightening its relationship with corporate and governmental users. The partnership will also give the e-commerce site access to BlackBerry's customers.
The use of mobile applications increased by 115% in 2013, led by social media, messaging, and utility and productivity apps, mobile-analytics firm Flurry says. Social- and messaging-app use increased by 203%, amid hints that younger users were turning toward more-private apps such as Snapchat.
Chinese networking gear manufacturer Huawei has built its own mobile-application platform and storefront, called the Digital Shopping Mall, and is beckoning telecom operators to tap into the 80,000-and-growing software offerings.