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Windows Phone: The Windows Phone Marketplace is changing its name to the Windows Phone Store, mirroring the approach being taken with Windows 8. The alteration is being rolled out gradually, and unusually Australia is the first market to see the updated design.


According to a report from app watchers Distimo, Android developers are struggling to convert their apps into serious revenue raisers, compared to those creating software for iOS. With Android overtaking Apple in terms of handsets, you have to ask yourself, "why is that?"


There's currently (at least one) pretty big flaw in the way classification works in Australia. Despite the fact that all video games are by law required to go through classification, the relatively recent explosion of mobile applications has meant that developers could release games to the public without classification through mobile app stores without needing to go through the classification board. But all that is officially about to change.


The Android Marketplace has finally rolled out paid app privileges to more countries, and this time that means Australia as well. For local developers eager to embrace Android's more open platform, but had to give their work away for free to do it, the 2-minute noodle days may be over. Now all you need is an app that's good enough people will pay money for it...


One of the interesting things said at this morning's HTC Desire event is the fact that the device will come pre-loaded with Telstra's apps, like Foxtel and WhereIs, although you can delete them if you don't want them. But if you own an Android phone like the HTC Hero or an imported Nexus One and actually want to use those apps, don't go looking to the Marketplace. At least not yet.


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