TV apps - who's going to benefit from them?

While we haven’t really yet seen the TV Apps trend take off into the stratosphere like we’ve been expecting, there’s little doubt in the industry that when connected TV hits the mainstream, it’s going to usher in a seismic industry shakeup.

Developer Tech spoke to Andy Eardley, director of the international TV app development specialist company, The TV App Agency, in...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

No more Adobe Flash Player plug-in?

Adobe Systems will stop the development of its Flash Player browser plug-in for mobiles, according to a report.

ZDNet.com revealed the upcoming announcement from the software developer, after sources were briefed on its future development plans by an email.

The email stated: “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player...

By Dani Millward, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Android will remain free, says Google's Schmidt

Google boss, Eric Schmidt has said that he has no plans to charge for Android in the future and that this strategy will not change even after the acquisition of Motorola is completed.

Making his comments during a visit to South Korea - the home of Android phone vendors Samsung and LG, Schmidt's admission was reminiscent of the statements made during the announcement of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy-out.

According to reports, Schmidt said that the plan is to run Motorola "sufficiently and independently,"...

By Verity Gough, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Apple to overhaul products next year, sources claim

Apple is planning to update all of its product lines in 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Technology news website, Digitimes, has reported that products due for the overhaul next year include its iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air.

This could result in the introduction of completely new designs by the company, rather than upgrades for existing...

By Dani Millward, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iPad.

Apple promises fix for iPhone 4S/iOS battery flaw

After weeks of complaints from unhappy customers, Apple has finally confirmed that some users of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 are experiencing poor battery life as a result of a software bugs.

A statement released earlier today by Apple said: “A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Users have been growing increasingly...

By Verity Gough, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS, iPad.

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...

By Marco Tabor, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

Developers can create apps with EMI sandbox

EMI Music and The Echo Nest have announced a partnership to give application developers the chance to get involved with music and related content.

The collaboration will create and manage ‘sandboxes’ for developers to access music content and information, in order to build apps around artists, music, videos and artwork.

Developers will register for an API key and submit app concepts and ideas. Once approved, the app will be released by...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iPad.

Zeebox offers new social TV platform for app developers

A new dual-screen app that links TV and social media together has been released, offering developers a chance to add to the service and advertisers to provide direct routes to products.

Created by Anthony Rose, the man behind BBC's iPlayer, Zeebox combines live programme information and real-time viewing figures, whilst having access to social networks.

Its API will be open for developers to add apps to its 

By Dani Millward, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Languages, Social media.

Will bendy smartphones open a door for developers?

Bendable smartphones offer a new platform for game developers, as Samsung could release its new technology by early next year.

The smartphones will feature foldable OLED screens made out of ‘Graphene’, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced to the flexible...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Samsung.

Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September...

By Verity Gough, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms.