Jumio brings out mobile SDK for developers

Image recognition technology specialists Jumio have released a mobile SDK for their Netswipe software which enables developers to add card scanning to any app.

The practical use for this is to avoid the cumbersome process of typing credit card details on a mobile device. The SDK is iOS compatible, with Android is expected to follow soon.

Jumio’s two main products are NetSwipe and NetVerify, identification recognition software used to verify customer details which have “turned...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Tapjoy launches $5m Asian developer support fund

Tapjoy, the mobile monetisation and ad platform has announced a $5m fund aimed at supporting developers throughout Asia creating and marketing free-to-play Android and iOS gaming apps.

The Tapjoy Asia Fund will offer cash, advice and marketing support to both new and established developers.

The scheme offers access to working capital, access to Tapjoy’s ad platform and the use of advertising marketplace, both for monetisation and user acquisition....

By Matt Henkes, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Facebook shoulders its way into mobile with "App Center"

Facebook’s flirtations with the world of social mobile web stepped up a gear this week with the launch of its own app store, offering tasty promotional opportunities for developers, and complete with guidelines and a rating system that will see poor quality apps delisted.

The App Center, as it will be called, will list social apps that utilise the social network’s own login feature, listing iOS and Android, as well as HTML5 browser apps; sending...

By Matt Henkes, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Social media.

When is a TV not a TV? (Part Two)

For part two of “When is a TV not a TV”, we’ll be looking at what constitutes TV nowadays.

By the time I get home late at night (from working those 20 hour days *cough*), any of the shows I would have wanted to watch are long past their regular broadcast times. That’s the problem the PVR/DVR/TiVo solves, right?

Not always. I don’t have every channel, nor am I always near a TV set. What is more conveniently available is WiFi and a supple data plan for when a hotspot...

By Colin Chong, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Platforms.

Is the Mobile Patent War Finally Coming to an End?

In the fast-growing market of smartphone and tablet software development, big companies including Apple, Microsoft, Google, Motorola and Samsung have been rushing to patent software that they have not yet developed. When another company comes along with that software, legal action is taken to stop them selling their products.

Last year we wrote about the law suit over patents by Motorola where they stopped imports of iPhones and iPads by Apple to Germany.

The saga’s been back in the

By Silicon Beach Training, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Industry, Samsung.

Titanium 2.0: Ready-to-use cloud tools for mobile devs

Appcelerator has launched the latest version of its Titanium platform, including access to its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), a suite of ready-to-use cloud tools that allow developers to integrate and deploy cloud-connected apps more easily.

Supporting Objective-C, Java, PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5 technologies, Titanium 2.0 offers mobile devs the ability to integrate 15 cloud different options like push notifications, authentication, photo sharing and ratings systems, without having to write server...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Will Amazon's in-app purchasing API entice developers?

Amazon has rolled out its in-app purchasing API and subscription functionality for Kindle Fire and Android developers.

The new API will allow developers to offer digital content and subscriptions--such as in-game currency, expansion packs, upgrades, and magazine issues--for purchase within apps. Amazon will take a classic 30% cut of revenues.

The announcement will be welcomed by developers who, a year after the launch of Amazon App Store which runs on the new Kindle Fire and Android devices, have found...

By Matt Henkes, 10 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Infographic: Making it big with Android Apps

Most app makers are really interested in making a lot of money fast, and unfortunately, as the market gets more and more saturated with apps, getting rich quickly is becoming more and more difficult. Even making a reasonable profit from an app is getting more complicated. Take heart, though. There is also an upside.

Inneractive explains it very well in this infographic, which first appeared on GigaOm on March 28, 2012.

So here’s what they’re saying, based on...

By Leah Goodman, 29 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Monetisation.