Quick takes on the latest mobile IT news for Monday, 1/13 including: why enterprises are seeking mobile app developers so diligently this year, bright and shiny Windows 9 in our near future, Google's work to increase capabilities of those who develop Android apps, words of wisdom for small firms on the BYOD phenomenon and what the CEO of BoxTone has to say about the value of mobility.
Around 5,077 applications, or 1.2 percent, of 420,646 Google Play apps analyzed by security firm Bitdefender are stolen from other developers and re-engineered to steal data and perform other malicious activities, related Loredana Botezatu, e-threat analyst for Bitdefender, in a blog.
The Google Play storefront has removed an application enabling Android users to access archrival Apple's iMessage chat service. The app, dubbed iMessage Chat and built by Android developer Daniel Zweigart, was removed for violating Play store policies, a Google spokesperson told Computerworld.
Android-compatible smartphones running Jolla's open-source Sailfish mobile operating system will ship with the company's own mobile app store instead of the Google Play storefront app, Jolla CEO Tomi Pienimäki told Forbes.
Amazon launched its Mobile Associates API, enabling Android developer partners to merchandise millions of Amazon.com physical and digital items within apps and games sold via the online retail giant's Appstore for Android and the rival Google Play.
Google is updating its Google Play Developer Program Policies to require developers selling virtual goods or currencies within Android games to leverage the digital storefront's in-app billing service to process all transactions.
Virtualization firm Citrix has unveiled its Worx App Gallery, a mobile app ecosystem that enables employees using iOS and Android mobile devices to download secure enterprise apps from the Citrix unified app store, as well as from Apple's App Store and Google Play.
Consumer spending on games created for Google's Android outstripped spending on titles for gaming-optimized handheld devices for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2013, App Annie and IDC report.
Google Play isn't the only game in town for Android tablets. Android developers may also sell applications via Amazon's Appstore for Android. In a blog post published Wednesday, Amazon technical evangelist Mike Hines states that the online retailer recently tested 1,600 Amazon Appstore tablet app submissions and discovered that more than 75 percent "just work" on its Android-powered Kindle Fire tablet, with no additional development effort required
Google is rolling out version 3.2 of its Google Play Services development platform, highlighted by maps and location-based services enhancements as well as improved Google+ social media sharing controls.