T-Mobile Shuts Down Internal Developer Program
In a letter sent today to program participants, T-Mobile informed developers that it will no longer be taking submissions for its Partner Network. The original idea of this program was to spur development of applications and services for feature phones and other non-smartphone devices. T-Mobile explains, "With the mobile space being an ever changing, dynamic industry our decision to close this program was not taken lightly, but we feel reflects our commitment to support the growing ecosystem of partner storefronts and non-traditional paths to market." T-Mobile is suggesting that developers target Google’s Android Market, BlackBerry’s App World and Windows Phone Marketplace for Mobile instead.
Apple Debuts Its Own iPhone Upgrade Program
Apple will let consumers lease an iPhone directly from Apple itself in a change that reflects the current dynamics in the U.S. wireless market.
BlackBerry Debuts Marshmallow Beta Program for Priv
BlackBerry is opening the Android OS in Beta Zone program so consumers can download and test Android 6.0 Marshmallow on the Priv smartphone. BlackBerry says space in the beta program is limited.
Google Says Android O Beta Coming Soon
Google recently indicated via its Android Beta Program web site that a beta version of Android O will soon be available. Google released a preview version of Android O for developers earlier this year, though it is not stable enough for everyday use.
Sprint Drops 'Galaxy Forever' Leasing Program
Sprint has discontinued its Galaxy Forever lease program after just four months. Similar to its iPhone Forever program, the Galaxy Forever program allowed customers to lease a Galaxy S smartphone, make 12 payments, and then trade in the device for a new Galaxy S handset.
More Phone Makers, Carriers Support Android for Work
Google today said support for its Android for Work program has swelled to 40 companies thanks to the addition of new carriers, phone makers, app developers, and management providers. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint in the U.S., and Rogers, Bell Canada, and Telus Mobility in Canada have thrown their weight behind Android for Work, marking the first time carriers have joined the program.
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