Jelly Bean jumps as Google Play set to surpass iOS app downloads

Google has updated its “Android landscape” survey on the Developer Dashboard, showing Jelly Bean is very close to overtaking Gingerbread as the most widespread release. This may be just in time, as Google’s Play Store is set to surpass iOS app downloads.

Currently, Gingerbread, or 2.3, is sitting at the top spot at 36.5% of install base. The latest version of the OS, Jelly Bean, is now at 33%.

Jelly Bean is version 4.1-4.2; comparing version...

Could this be Apple’s answer to Google Now?

At the D11 interview last week, Tim Cook let slip Apple has acquired nine start-ups since October. Mike Elgan, from Cult of Mac, believes one of these could be ‘Grokr’ a predictive search app for iOS.

Much like Siri was before being implemented natively in iOS5, Grokr has been pulled from the AppStore.

Also lending credence to the theory, the website currently list their upcoming project as 'NEXT'.

Keen observers may notice this is the same name as Apple's most famous acquisition.

Google Now has...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing.

Failure to launch: Why most mobile apps fail

There’s nothing more frustrating than a mobile app that continually crashes, hangs or freezes. Slow performance (or in some cases, no performance) is the number one reason why users abandon a mobile app.

Here’s the proof: A recent study found that 79% of users said they would retry an app once or twice if it failed to work the first time. Only 16% said they would give it more than two...

By Mike Brown, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Marketing, Testing.

Apple CEO interview hints at cross-platform, is a more “open” future in store?

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to the stage at D11; the annual conference held by AllThingsDigital, and spoke of many interesting aspects of the Cupertino-based company’s future, but what caught my attention the most is his attitude to “Open” APIs and even Android development...

The late Steve Jobs was famously quoted as saying: “I’m willing to go thermonuclear war” over a lawsuit which accused Android of stealing iOS’s design.

He was however, said to have told Tim Cook to...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Infographic: Developers guide to iOS and Android app design

Designing and developing a mobile application, no matter what the operating system, is extremely challenging.

With all of the screen sizes, icon sizes, touch gestures and features of the user interface to consider, there is a lot to think about – and a lot that could go wrong. This is why careful planning and in-the-wild testing are necessary in order to achieve app success.

As Dan Rowinski of...

By Mike Brown, 24 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Native apps dominate user attention

HTML5 looks like it’s losing the native app vs. mobile web war. According to a new Flurry study, users spend more than two hours a day interacting with apps and only about half an hour on the mobile web. From VentureBeat:

According to app analytics firm Flurry, which tracks app usage on a staggering 300,000 apps on over a billion active mobile devices, we...

By Mike Brown, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Unity’s popular dev tools made free for small and indie studios

Unity, the hugely popular cross-platform development tool, has made its mobile tools free for small and independent studios.

This will help spur a new generation of developers, who may not have previously afforded the tools to do so, to try their hand at game development.

 

Previously, Unity’s tools would have cost $800 to release on both iOS and Android, although deploying to PC, Mac, and the Web was free...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Languages, Platforms, Testing.