Developers get design help from Android, thanks to new style guide

Google has launched a new website to help developers improve the look of applications for Android.

The Android Design Style Guide is an aid for developers to learn more information about how to optimise the design of applications in order to make the most of the latest OS Ice Cream Sandwich’s enhanced UI framework and styles.

Developers can adapt their apps for different devices, alongside ensuring apps work on newer versions of the...

By Dani Millward, 13 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools.

Top tips to develop a successful app for the consumer

Developers must create an emotional experience when making an app, according to a panel of industry experts at Apps World Europe on Monday.

Regular users are made if a connection is made between the app and the audience, if the app is suited to the target’s needs. However, it was agreed that this wasn’t the only reason behind building successful applications, and developers must be tuned in to other aspects involved with the consumer.

Grab their attention 

Andrew Ashe, MD of EuroTalk, advised...

By Dani Millward, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

iOS 5.0.1 update is here but users are still not happy

Apple customers are far from happy after the latest iOS 5 update failed to answer issues previously raised by Apple users across the globe.

According to the official statement, the new update is intended to bring about improvements such as lengthening the beleaguered battery life and fixing sync problems with documents using icloud.

In addition, the new update adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad as well as an improvement relating to Siri's voice recognition performance with...

By Verity Gough, 13 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, iOS.

All change for developers after Apple's sandboxing decree

Developers are having to embrace a host of restrictions if they are to continue creating apps for Apple's Mac Store.

From March 2012, developers creating apps for sale in the Mac App Store will be obliged to employ sandboxing in order to make apps less likely to fall victim to malicious attack.

In an email to registered developers sent last week, the company explained that they had intended to make sandboxing compulsory as early as this November but had delayed the requirement until early...

By Verity Gough, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Security.

Expert advice: Creating, selling and marketing your killer app

Coming up with a killer idea for an app can be a mind bending process. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, the hard work is only just beginning; you’re competing with millions of other killer ideas, both in apps stores and in the murky business of PR and marketing.

Luckily, we caught up with two guys who have been there and done it, numerous times, to ask them for some insight into the processes and key decisions behind creating successful apps.

Mark Sigal, co-founder and chief product officer at one of the...

By Matt Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation.

New tool to connect Smart TV with mobile launches

A new tool for software developers allowing them to create convergent apps that bring together Smart TVs and smart phones or tablets has been released.The MOVL Connect Platform, the latest offering from Atlanta-based technology company, MOVL, allows various devices to communicate in a shared experience and supports the creation of multi-user, multi-screen applications such as multiplayer games, second-screen TV experiences and interactive advertising.The tools can either be directly connected or hosted in the cloud. Direct Connect is...

By Verity Gough, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Design, Platforms.

The Simplicity Paradox

By Mark Taoilinn

While speaking with a graphic designer friend of mine recently I was reminded how much work goes into making something look simple yet striking. 

Take the Apple iCloud logo for example. 

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The Apple iCloud Logo

Looking at it you would be forgiven for thinking “I could do that, I’ve been drawing clouds since kindergarden”.

When you examine the image in more detail you come to realize that there's a lot going on under the hood....

By Kevin Miller, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, iOS.