Apple’s App Store passes the 40bn download mark

Apple announces 40bn app downloads from the App Store, while a forecast suggests Google Play will hit one million live apps by June – so who’s going to win the app store war?

Apple has announced that users have downloaded a total of 40 billion apps from the App Store, with two billion downloads in December – a record for a single month.

This may not be surprising news, particularly given a blog post...

By James Bourne, 07 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, iOS.

Smartphone sales - a three year comparison [infographic]

Smartphone device sales tell us about the popularity of these devices.

Forget the fact whether it’s Apple ruling the roost, or Android, or whether BlackBerry is able to make a dent, what needs to be celebrated is the sheer number of devices sold. But, figures do matter as no company is in this business for charity. They want to make a killing at the gates and they need to go one up over their competitors if they want their brand to survive.

This is why we have come up with an infographic that takes...

By Albert Vang, 02 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Devices.

Nike wants developer skills for its accelerator program

Nike has announced the Nike+ Accelerator program in partnership with TechStars, a startup investment and mentoring company.

The ten successful startups will be given $20,000 each to help develop their fitness-related apps – anything that would “bring motivation and inspiration to every athlete in the world”, to quote the sport  equipment giant’s mission statement – and leverage the application program interface (API) and software development kit (SDK) of...

By James Bourne, 12 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Apptrace takes the pain out of app review insight with sentiment analysis

Mobile analytics firm Adeven has unveiled a new feature of its free Apptrace service that allows developers to track the sentiment of reviews on their iOS apps from within App Store.

Their complex algorithms are capable of analysing millions of reviews a day, providing daily statistical feedback. The platform currently measures three metrics, which it gleans from the language of user reviews. These criteria are positivity, addictiveness and crash complaints.

The platform is totally free for developers to use,...

By Matt Henkes, 06 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores.

Apple maintains lead in tablet share but Android catching up

A new report from ABI Research has revealed that Apple has lost some of its huge tablet lead, however it still beats the rest of the competition.

As part of ABI Research’s Media Tablets and eReaders research service, the report finds that Apple had 55% tablet shipments, although that share is the lowest since Apple launched the iPad in 2010.

Android, contrastingly, has 44% tablet shipment share. Nearly 14% of Apple’s share was given up to competitors such as Amazon, Google and Samsung.

In other...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iPad.

What does the new iPad mini mean for developers?

By Mubaloo developers David Dixon and James Frost

Yesterday in San Jose, Apple revealed its latest addition to the tablet family, the iPad mini, along with the debut of the fourth-generation iPad, a new 13-inch retina display MacBook and a new iMac.

Apple revealed that there have been over 35 billion downloads on the App Store, that there are 200 million devices running iOS 6 and that there have been 100 million iPads sold to date. This latest move is a bid to ensure the firm continues to dominate the tablet...

By Mubaloo, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Game dev rejection sparks debate on in-app purchases

Be careful what you say, the App Store police is onto you

Game developer Terry Cavanagh had his game, Don’t Look Back, rejected from the App Store for a potentially unique reason: the game’s accompanying text carried negative opinion about in-app purchases.

The 8-bit platform game was submitted to various app stores with the following description from Cavanagh: “A game about fantasy, Don’t Look Back is short game I made in 2009.

“This is a completely free game, not “free to...

By James Bourne, 18 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, Monetisation.

Web Platform Docs aims to give devs info in one place

The W3C’s Web Platform Docs, a site aiming to be the first port of call for web development materials, has launched with support from Silicon Valley’s finest and huge browsers alike.

The site describes itself on its homepage as “an open community of developers building resources for a better web, regardless of brand, browser or platform”, and it’s a message that all the major players can get behind.

When you’ve got the likes of Google,...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

What does the iPhone 5 mean for developers?

By James Frost, iOS developer, Mubaloo

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple unveiled its latest member of the iPhone family, the iPhone 5. Many have complained the latest update “lacks wow”, that there’s not much to it, nothing groundbreaking, but actually I think this is to do with our expectations and the hype surrounding Apple.

The actual technology used in the iPhone 5 is arguably the best on the market but because our expectations are set so...

By Mubaloo, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Developers warn App Store has been corrupting apps

A suspected glitch in Apple’s App Store has meant that various newly-released apps were corrupted upon download despite clean installs – and this has obviously angered developers.

Instapaper creator Marco Arment was the first to highlight the problem, and now many others have joined him.

On his official blog, Arment noted that as Apple had reviewed it, and with the submitted archive working perfectly off Xcode, it wasn’t a problem at his...

By James Bourne, 05 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools.