Market Android apps by optimizing for the app market

Let me tell you something that I think you may already know – the Android app market place is getting crowded and competition for apps is heating up at a phenomenal speed. So how do you market Android apps to ensure that they don’t get lost in the Android app market? The first and most important step that many people forget is to ensure that their app is app store optimized.

By Leah Goodman, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Automotive apps to reach $1.7 billion, is cars the next big platform?

On sister site TelecomsTech we spoke to Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “connected cars” and how carriers plan to support the rise in automotive apps; both in infrastructure and services.

Forecasts today by ABI research point revenue to hitting nearly $1.7 billion globally by 2018.

 

Car manufacturers are consistently looking how they can entice customers away from the competition and offer...

Microsoft wins design, but pays for WP8 developers

When Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 design at WWDC, many, including me, took note at how many design cues were taken from rival OS's.

Regardless of whether you think this is right – “good artists borrow, great artists steal”, as Pablo Picasso was alleged to have said - the company went for a ‘flat’ design, like Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, with its Windows Phone 8 Operating System is acclaimed for taking a radically different approach; whereas...

Scheduling a Task to run repeatedly in Android

Android has a built-in AlarmManager class which makes scheduling tasks very easy.

What we will do is to setup an Activity to be run at 00:01:00 every day i.e 1 minute past midnight.

There are 3 steps to doing this:

  • Check if the AlarmManager already has our schedule configured
  • Set up the task in AlarmManager
  • Write code which will get activated at the scheduled time
  • WHAT IS A PENDING INTENT

    Assuming you are familiar with the concept of an Intent, a Pending Intent is granting another app the permission and...

    By Amit Sengupta, 17 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Languages, Testing.

    BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

    Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

    An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

    The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

    Special Effect interview: Apps and hardware changing lives

    Yesterday I tested an innovative new Android application named “Twilight” which changes the brightness of your screen dependant on the time of day, slowly adding a soft red filter until night-time to remove the blue light which keeps you awake.

    As someone who regularly struggles to sleep; this morning I wanted to write a piece on how it could potentially “change my life” before realising how in the scheme of things, it’s so very...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

    Social mapper Waze lands huge acquisition by Google

    Waze, the Israel-based start-up, has had great success; in July 2012 the company announced 20 million users with half of those joining in the previous six months.

    Google has clearly been watching the service evolve, and has now decided to acquire the company.

     

    Available on Android, iOS, Symbian, and J2ME the application utilises “crowdsourcing” to update maps in real-time for all users; from new unmapped roads, to traffic jams, and speed cameras.

    From personal experience; the crowdsourcing...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms.

    Apple's iOS7: Boom or bust?

    In yesterday’s editorial, along with detailing my high hopes and expectations, I said we’ll soon see the “usual flood of admiration or complaints about the latest release.” The OS release seems to have polarised opinion even from Apple fans, but whilst this wrap-up looks at plenty of negatives, I’ll chuck in some praise where I can!

     

    The design

    Yesterday’s article expressed my worry that so much time would be spent on...

    WWDC 2013: iOS 7, iCloud, Mac and more

    It’s another WWDC 2013 editorial, but as we head full-throttle towards another Apple WWDC, the stakes are high and expectations are truly bigger than ever, although I feel I’ve been quoted as saying this for years.

    The biggest changes are expected around the upcoming release of iOS 7; which even the majority of “fanboys” (a term I’ve come to detest) will admit has slacked in both design and features.

    Cupertino’s usual...

    By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.