RIM Trots Out Free Apps to Appease Subscribers
Research In Motion today announced that customers affected by last week's BlackBerry service outage will be given free access to a number of premium applications, totaling more than $100 if the apps were purchased normally. The free downloads will begin October 19 and last for four weeks. Some of the initial titles available include games such as SIMS 3, N.O.V.A, and Bejeweled; and lifestyle apps such as Photo Editor Ultimate, iSpeech Translator, and Vlingo Plus. RIM said more free premium apps will be announced for the promotion soon.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
T-Mobile Pitches Free MLB Content to Customers
T-Mobile today said baseball fans will be able to watch every regular season Major League Baseball game on their smartphones for free. T-Mobile has again partnered with MLB and is providing customers with access to a free year of MLB.TV Premium, which includes MLB.com At Bat Premium.
Pandora Launches Premium Music Service
Pandora today finally launched its long-awaited Pandora Premium music service for mobile devices and the web. Pandora Premium is a $10-per-month music streaming service that competes with Apple Music, Spotify, and Google Play Music.
Google Doing More to Promote the Best Apps
Google today announced the launch of Android Excellence, a new section in the Google Play Store that highlights the best of the best in terms of apps and games. Google says, "The new collections will showcase apps and games that deliver incredible user experiences on Android, use many of our best practices, and have great design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization." Some of the first apps and games highlighted in the section include City Mapper, Evernote, Golf Clash, Hotel Tonight, Kill Shot Bravo, Pictionary, Pocket, Skyscanner, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
Amazon Underground Heralds 'Actually Free Apps'
Amazon today made available a new app that gives Android device owners access to totally free apps worth tens of thousands of dollars. Amazon Underground, which must be side-loaded directly from Amazon's web site, provides users with free versions of games and other apps that typically include fees of some sort.