Why augmented reality (AR) app development is about to explode

By Raghav Sood, author of Pro Android Augmented Reality and owner of Appaholics, an Android app development company.

If you’re a smart phone app developer who’s been trying to create an augmented reality (AR) app, there’s a good chance your countless attempts have failed. Today’s smart phone technology is simply not at the level to allow for complex AR programming.

The good news is it’s time to pull your AR app concepts off the back burner. Within the next six months to a year, smart phones’...

By Apress, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, VR.

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.

Adobe Flash officially disappears from Android store

It’s official: Flash is no longer available from Google Play’s storefront.

AppsTech reported this story back in June with the main focus centring on a lack of Flash for Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, saying at the time that IT professionals will be “doubtless breathing sighs of relief”.

Adobe confirmed that usesr who already have Flash installed will get to keep it if they so choose, with configuration settings updated to...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

Deutsche Telekom wants your M2M app dev skills

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new developer portal for devs specialising in M2M communication, ‘the internet of things’.

The new community, part of the company’s existing Developer Garden initiative, offers a number of useful tools, APIs and SDKs, which it says will ‘quickly and easily’ allow developers to build and sell M2M applications.

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural...

By Matt Henkes, 08 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise, Industry.

Leap Motion gives reins for motion control software to devs

The 3D motion control specialist Leap Motion has received more than 26,000 applications for its innovative software, provisionally called The Leap.

A free developer kit is due to be sent out to every application that is approved – with entries sent in from over 140 countries.

The Leap, which is roughly the size of an iPod, can be plugged in via USB and is Windows compatible, supporting native touch emulation for Windows 8. Leap Motion claims that Linux compatibility is “on the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Connected devices and consumer behaviour: Insights for developers

As penetration of smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices such as smart TVs increases around the world, consumer behavior is shifting – but how does this impact developers?

InMobi’s connected device research with Mobext uncovers key trends and the opportunities they create for developers.

Consumers are constantly using and switching between multiple devices throughout the day. Tablet users, for example, will use smartphones on the go and while commuting, PCs at work, and tablets and...

By InMobi, 01 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Devices.

A mobile device is not just a small computer - strategies

A mobile device is much different to a PC. Sure, they are smaller, but it’s much more than that.

People bring a whole different set of expectations to their mobile devices. They use them differently, use them in different places, and want different things from them.

Mobile devices make different physical and cognitive demands on users.  This article will explore these differences and give you strategies you can put to work right away on your next mobile project. 

First the most obvious – display...

By Marshal Datkowitz, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

RIM to feature Siri-esque assistant for BB10?

It’s been delayed until the start of next year, but Research in Motion will be betting that a personal assistant will hope boost the sales of the fledgling BlackBerry 10.

Videos and reports have been released of what appears to be a very alpha-stage voice controlled programme on the BB10 Dev Alpha device.

According to the CrackBerry forums, the assistant is able to open browsers, play music and make appointments, but so far...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

iOS 6 betas limit number of apps available

It has been revealed that the recently-released Apple iOS 6 beta has a cap on the number of apps a user can have at any time.

According to a post from ‘macjeff’ on the Mid Atlantic Consulting support blog, 500 apps on a user’s device will result in “slow booting, auto-rebooting and other issues”, while breaking four figures of apps will mean your phone doesn’t boot at all.

How Mid Atlantic Consulting discovered this feature was not disclosed. It is particularly notable...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iOS.

RIM RIP? BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year

It’s a prevalent trend to indulge in a spot of RIM-bashing, but the Canadian mobile giants have posted a disastrous set of quarterly results which prompt fresh fears over the company’s future.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins admitted that the BlackBerry 10 operating system was being further delayed until the beginning of next year because of unforeseen problems integrating the OS’s features.

Heins stated that he had no intention of releasing a below-par product on his watch.

This comes alongside the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Industry.