Nokia's Ovi App Wizard Simplifies App Creation for the Masses
Nokia today made a beta software program available called the Ovi App Wizard. The App Wizard is a simple tool that lets users piece together any RSS or Atom feed — including Facebook and Twitter content — and publish the content as an "app." According to Nokia, users have to prove that they own the content in order to publish an app. For example, despite the ease with which anyone could create a PhoneScoop.com application, only PhoneScoop would be allowed to do so. The tool is more meant for users to aggregate their own social networking and feeds-based content into a single reference point on their handsets. There is a approval process, and Nokia says that most app should be approved within 24 hours. The site tools are free to use.
HTC Relaunches Zoe as Social Network
HTC today announced that its new Zoe app and service has exited beta and is being launched as a revamped, cross-platform social network. The new Zoe app will be available for both Android and iOS, and combines the Zoe Highlight Video functionality with a social network much like Instagram or Vine.
Facebook Trots Out Virtual Reality App for Samsung Gear VR
Facebook today announced Facebook 360 for Gear VR, a dedicated app to help Samsung device owners find and consume 360-degree Facebook content. The app is available to compatible Galaxy devices, such as the Note 5, S7, and S7 edge.
Google to Stream App Content Via Search
Google today said its mobile search tool is now able to show content that may be buried within apps. Google began indexing the content of mobile apps two years ago, and has more than 100 billion deep links into apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Facebook Has Shuttered Its Notify App
Facebook has closed Notify, an app it debuted last November to provide push notifications for breaking news and other content. Facebook notified Notify users this week that the app would be closed as of June 2.