Android engagement slips but devs give thumbs up to Google+

While romantics would tell you that it’s impossible to measure love in statistical terms, research released today revealed that developer passion for Android has waned by 10% in the last year.

Although a healthy majority of developers, 78.6%, still said they were interested in creating apps for the platform, the figure has slipped from 87% during the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analysts IDC and Appcelerator, marking an alarming swing for Google.

The reason? The huge number of disparate...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, HTML5.

Late Google Play payment poses serious support questions

Google has apologised, albeit briefly, to Android developers who had to wait almost two weeks for late Google Checkout payments; but question marks have been raised over the company's developer support services.

Developers from around the world had complained on the Android forum that payment had not been received for apps that had been downloaded from Google Play in...

By Matt Henkes, 19 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

3 Must Have Apps for Developers

If you’ve got any kind of interest in development then there’s no escaping the fact that the Android operating system is continuing to become one of the biggest operating system hits on the planet. Now that countless smartphones come running it, and plenty of tablet devices too, there seems to be little doubt that Android will soon dominate the world of mobile gadgetry.

Added to the popularity of the Android OS is the fact that there are a growing number of apps for the platform too, many of which...

By Rob Clymo, 05 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Design, Development Tools.

Android apps are too expensive, say analysts

Paid for apps available through Android Market are overpriced, according to industry analysts, to the extent that the pricing is upsetting the balance of the industry.

Canalys, the smart market insight specialist, reported that the top paid Android apps are dramatically more expensive that their Apple App Store equivalent. In the US, for instance, the top 100 iPhone apps would set you back $147, while the top 100 list on Android stings you for a whopping $374.37, an average of $3.74 per app.

The top 10 or 20...

By Matt Henkes, 24 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Mozilla's Boot to Gecko mobile OS needs developer support

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week, and Mozilla is expected to finally whip the shroud away from its long awaited foray into the world of mobile, Boot to Gecko, a new cloud-based mobile OS for Web apps.

The not-for-profit is hoping to mount a serious challenge to the dominance of Android, iOS, and to a lesser expent WP7; no mean feat to take on the heavyweights where others have failed, and the project faces serious challenges. Mozilla expects it to reach the product stage at some point in Q2 this year, that's...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Can SME's tap into App Revolution to fuel their growth?

Kevin Miller, CEO, RunRev

Much is made about the importance of technology. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills recently announced a £145 million boost to improve the UK's e-infrastructure. The reality, however, is that IT infrastructure enhancements will not benefit the vast majority of businesses to drive productivity and profitability. But there is one IT revolution that they can tap into and benefit from.

The hype that surrounded Apple's announcement about the iPhone 4S...

By Kevin Miller, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

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.