Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

New Android malware is ‘BadNews’ for millions of users

Security research firm LookOut has discovered a new form of malware hiding within Russian “clone apps.” This new threat goes by the apt name of ‘BadNews’ and is thought to have been downloaded “millions of times” across the 32 detected apps.

But what happens with this specific malware? It will attempt to get the user to download other apps which further infect your phone, such as ‘AlphaSMS’ – an app hijacking your phone to sign up to premium SMS services,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Hacking, Security.

Beta testing mobile apps - how to get it right

As a mobile developer, whenever I visit an app store and look at thousands of apps with a single star review, I get chilled to the core. A fear grips me and I wonder if the same fate awaits my upcoming apps. Most of the apps that do not do so well on the app store are either poorly conceptualised or badly implemented. If you are unsure about the importance and significance of mobile apps testing, you must read Rosie Sherry’s ideas on how...

By Alicia Carter, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Testing.

Reach millions of new users through alternate app stores

Android is an open platform, and with openness comes diversity. Although most people equate Android with Google, truth is that more than 30% of Android devices don’t even have the Google Play Store installed. These include nearly all devices in China, as well as several devices from OEMs like ZTE, Huawei, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and LG, and operators like Vodafone, Verizon and Telefonica.

Fact is – for nearly 100 million Android users out there, Google Play is either not an option, or buried under layers of Menu...

By InMobi, 02 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools.

How tough is it for new devs to crack the App Store?

Only 2% of the top 250 developers in the iOS App Store for the US are new publications, according to a report from app tracker Distimo.

The report, entitled ‘The New Apps in the Crowd’, considers ‘new’ to be anything beyond October 2012, as the research covered app stores for the iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Play, between October and January.

Of course it’s great to get your app featured in the App Store, but if you’re starting out and looking to develop for iOS, the...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, iOS.

Developer claims a “massive privacy issue” in Google Play

An Australian app developer has written a blog post claiming Google has made a “massive oversight” in sending developers personal data of those who download Android apps in Google Play without users’ permission.

Dan Nolan, creator of the Paul Keating Insult Generator app paying homage to the former Australian Prime Minister, found the discovery after creating the already successful iOS app for Android.

Keating’s famously abrasive style of political debate, including calling then-Leader...

By James Bourne, 14 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools.

How to protect your app from the app store chaos [infographic]

Mobile application performance management platform Crittercism has released research showcasing the latest app performance trends.

Crittercism reveals that Android has a 1.76% crash rate, compared to iOS with a 1.98% crash rate. In terms of specific models, Crittercism found that iOS 5.0.1 was the most friendly Apple OS, with 4.1 Jelly Bean being the best performing Droid system.

On the flip side, iOS 4.1 and 2.3.1 Gingerbread were the most crash-happy – perhaps understandable, given the OS’...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.