Yahoo and Google to launch digital newsstands

Yahoo and Google are set join an already crowded marketplace after reports revealed that the internet giants plan to unveil digital newsstand apps next week.

According to All Things D, this coming Wednesday Yahoo will officially launch Livestand - its home grown digital news app following a preview earlier this year.

Following behind, Google is planning to launch its product, code-named Propeller. According to reports, the name could change to Currents but it is planned for launch the week after next.

With...

By Verity Gough, 29 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.

Android developers significantly more productive than Apple’s

Developers creating their apps for Android are more prolific that those creating apps purely for Apple products, according to recent figures.

The average publisher on Android has placed more than six apps in the Market since launch while iOS developers have just over four apps published on average.The Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth over recent months and while it is still in its infancy, compared to Apple App Store, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at...

By Verity Gough, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

Expert advice: Creating, selling and marketing your killer app

Coming up with a killer idea for an app can be a mind bending process. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, the hard work is only just beginning; you’re competing with millions of other killer ideas, both in apps stores and in the murky business of PR and marketing.

Luckily, we caught up with two guys who have been there and done it, numerous times, to ask them for some insight into the processes and key decisions behind creating successful apps.

Mark Sigal, co-founder and chief product officer at one of the...

By Matt Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation.

Android pips Apple to top of the apps

Apple has been ousted as the app download king thanks to the surge in popularity of Android handsets, according to reports.

App downloads on Google's Android operating system have overtaken those on Apple's devices after ABI Research found that Apple iOS made up 31 per cent of total app downloads in the second quarter of this year, while Android apps accounted for an impressive 44 per cent.

The figures may come as a surprise to many as Apple has long been the favourite choice for the smartphone...

By Verity Gough, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing.

Will RIM meet app developers' expectations?

RIM has promised to impress developers with its next-generation Blackberry and software.

With the firm’s developers’ conference happening today, RIM is expected to showcase prototypes of its next Blackberry, which will run off a new updated version of the operating system QNX. RIM may also release a software upgrade for their PlayBook tablet.

RIM co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, said: "You're going to see a number of things that are really catapulting [the] application and...

By Dani Millward, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

Google VoIP is pulled from iPhone App Store

Google’s VoIP app has been removed from the iPhone App Store after reports of crashing within the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.

According to reports, the reason for the crashes, as well as which smartphones and operating systems are more prone to problems, is still unclear.

In an interview with Engadget, senior product manager for Google Voice, Vincent Paquet added: "Our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, iOS.

Samsung TV apps reach 10 million downloads

Samsung Apps has hit the 10 million downloads mark after just five months in the market place.

The world’s first HDTV-based app store’s meteoric rise has seen it recently celebrate the milestone of 1000 registered applications and 10 million downloads.

Downloads have grown 100 percent just five months after reaching 5 million downloads in May 2011 and it currently has an average of 50,000 downloads per day—twice the number registered for May.

In addition, online video applications remained...

By Verity Gough, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Should app developers choose Android over Apple?

Developers are taking notice to the increasing number of Android app downloads, which could soon overtake Apple’s iOS system.

Both platforms will hold around 3.2bn downloads by June 2012, according to a report by download tracker Xyologic.

Apple are currently still in the lead to Android, with 1.45 billion downloads compared to Android’s 640 million last month.

This means that developers are now choosing to create apps...

By Dani Millward, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS.

New app uses brain waves to measure sleep quality

A new app has been developed that claims to be able to improve the user's quality of sleep.Sleep Manager by Zeo, works by using brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep.The app works by synchronising with a soft-sensor headset measuring brain activity, eye movement and muscle tone in light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, as would happen in a medical sleep-analysis clinic. However the app is most likely to be for consumer use.“The thing about...

By Verity Gough, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry.

App downloads to hit 98 billion by 2015

Mobile application downloads are to continue their reign of popularity after a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight predicted that total app downloads in 2015 will reach 98 billion. The new study found that if this target is reached it means that the compound annual growth rate of downloads between 2010 and 2015 will be 56.6 percent.The research follows a study by In-Stat earlier this year which predicted that mobile app downloads will reach the far more modest figure of 48 billion by 2015, due mainly to the boom of touch-screen...

By Verity Gough, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.