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GetJar Gold Launches Today, Offers Premium Android Applications for Free


There’s been quite a bit of talk lately about Amazon’s free Android app store and it looks like they may have a little bit of competition coming their way.

Third-party mobile application store GetJar is launching GetJar Gold today, which offers premium Android Apps for free.

The service has been in beta testing for the last month and is officially launching their service today. The launch will feature 50 free apps, including Fruit Ninja, Paper Camera, TuneIn Radio Pro, Solo, and Splashtop Remote Desktop. These ads are high quality, ad free and you can download them any time you want.

For those of you wondering how the relationship between the ad developers and GetJar works exactly, here’s an explanation from TechCrunch:

With GetJar, however, the company pays the developers for the applications on a per install basis, which ensures developers get paid. GetJar, in turn, generates revenue by offering sponsored listings within GetJar Gold to other application developers.

The post goes on to explain how the model is similar to Google Adsense where developers will bid on how much they are willing to pay on each install.

Check out the GetJar Gold service on the GetJar website, as well as their stand alone Android application here.

What do you think of the quality of free Android apps available and do you think this is some serious competition for Amazon?

LinkedIn Launches New Apps for iPhone & Android


LinkedIn announced the launch of newly redesigned apps today for the iPhone, Android and a brand new HTML5 mobile website. LinkedIn says the new apps are faster, simpler and better. They’re claiming speed improvements from 2 to 10 percent, depending on the feature you are using.

Here’s a look at the areas where they’ve completely re-organized the application:

  • Updates: View updates from your network and top news from LinkedIn Today
  • Inbox: You can view your invitations and messages in one place
  • You: Access your profile, connections, share updates, and even more in the future
  • Groups & More: Browse and interact with your groups, as well as build your network through our People You May Know feature

With the number one request from LinkedIn mobile users being access to Groups, the company has answered. Now, both their iPhone & Android users can access a million LinkedIn Groups and discussions that take place everyday.

Starting today, you can preview the new mobile website by visiting touch.linkedin.com on your iPhone or Android device.

LinkedIn has said they’ll be adding additional features to their mobile apps over the next few months.

Check out this video from LinkedIn featuring the new apps for iPhone and Android.

Have you tried out the new LinkedIn apps yet?

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