Do we need a new 'web app' icon?
With some of the key players like Google, Apple and Adobe piling resources into the development of HTML5, the proliferation of web apps is hotly tipped to be one of the app development stories of 2012.
There are a number of arguments for and against this point of view. We’re still not yet in a world were a web app will generally perform with the same level of deeply integrated usability that a native app can offer users.
Though with rapid adoption of faster 4G LTE mobile networks just on the doorstep,...
Samsung's Google TV could arrive next year
Samsung Electronics is in the last stage of talks with Google Inc to launch a new Google TV device, which could happen next year.
The collaboration began early this year, which joins Sony Corp’s TV models and Logitech International’s set-top boxes that already run the Google TV software. However, it's currently unknown how the Samsung device will stand out from others.
President of Samsung’s TV...
Windows Phone Marketplace gains interest as it hits 40,000 app mark
Over 40,000 applications have been submitted into Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace, with 10,000 coming from different publishers, according to unofficial figures.
The blog, All About Windows Phone, estimated that two thirds of submissions were free apps, with 23% being paid. Apps taht offer a free trial before payment covers 9% of the store. On average, 165 apps are added into the app store every day.
Research also found that the app store could reach the 50,000 mark during the second or third week of January next year. If the rate grows further, the figure could be met by the end of the year.
This shows that developer and...
Intel announce $100m AppUp fund for mobile apps
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The fund provides us with a great opportunity to continue innovating, whilst also engaging with some of the most promising companies
BlackBerry DevCon – San Francisco October 18-20, 2011
While RIM is growing in absolute numbers, in relative terms BlackBerry faces tough times due to the competition of iOS and Android. We visited the BlackBerry DevCon with high hopes of great and radical new decisions – and of course to present Glaze UI, our new BlackBerry native UI framework. Radical news we received indeed – continue to read why the DevCon has frustrated many BlackBerry developers and how we see it.
Checking in at the DevCon worked really...
Android developers struggle to cash in on the apps market
Developers creating apps purely for the Android Marketplace are hard pressed to make money, despite high download figures.
According tο Toronto-based developers, Wattpad, developers and software companies are better off making use of advertising in their apps or offering in-app buys.
Allen Lau, Wattpad's CEO аnԁ co-founder, argues it's the best deal wіthіn аn app store that is crammed with free apps, spammy apps аnԁ "obfuscated bу a tedious checkout process."
"Thаt adds a lot οf...
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.
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...
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...