90 Day App Challenge promises “virtual app incubator”

It’s a bit like college for budding developers: the 90 Day App Challenge, which will give mentorship and advice to ‘appreneurs’ is to launch on Thursday.

The programme, which claims itself to be the “world’s first virtual app incubator”, ‘enrols’ this week and allows developers with an idea for an app to go through “rigorous” mentoring and tutelage by mentors and founder Amish Shah and James Sol Radina.

Given that 80% of app developers don’t make enough money to earn a living, this ‘developer school’ is more...

By James Bourne, 21 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools.

3 Must Have Apps for Developers

If you’ve got any kind of interest in development then there’s no escaping the fact that the Android operating system is continuing to become one of the biggest operating system hits on the planet. Now that countless smartphones come running it, and plenty of tablet devices too, there seems to be little doubt that Android will soon dominate the world of mobile gadgetry.

Added to the popularity of the Android OS is the fact that there are a growing number of apps for the platform too, many of which...

By Rob Clymo, 05 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Design, Development Tools.

HzO ‘Talking to Apple’ About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology.

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung...

By 3Squared, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Devices.

Developers get design help from Android, thanks to new style guide

Google has launched a new website to help developers improve the look of applications for Android.

The Android Design Style Guide is an aid for developers to learn more information about how to optimise the design of applications in order to make the most of the latest OS Ice Cream Sandwich’s enhanced UI framework and styles.

Developers can adapt their apps for different devices, alongside ensuring apps work on newer versions of the...

By Dani Millward, 13 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools.

Top tips to develop a successful app for the consumer

Developers must create an emotional experience when making an app, according to a panel of industry experts at Apps World Europe on Monday.

Regular users are made if a connection is made between the app and the audience, if the app is suited to the target’s needs. However, it was agreed that this wasn’t the only reason behind building successful applications, and developers must be tuned in to other aspects involved with the consumer.

Grab their attention 

Andrew Ashe, MD of EuroTalk, advised developers to focus on the first 60 seconds of the user’s experience within an app, in order to keep them interested in your application. “If you’ve lost them in the first 60 seconds, you’ve lost them forever. Don’t think that you’ve got...

By Dani Millward, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

iOS 5.0.1 update is here but users are still not happy

Apple customers are far from happy after the latest iOS 5 update failed to answer issues previously raised by Apple users across the globe.

According to the official statement, the new update is intended to bring about improvements such as lengthening the beleaguered battery life and fixing sync problems with documents using icloud.

In addition, the new update adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad as well as an improvement relating to Siri's voice recognition performance with...

By Verity Gough, 13 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, iOS.

All change for developers after Apple's sandboxing decree

Developers are having to embrace a host of restrictions if they are to continue creating apps for Apple's Mac Store.

From March 2012, developers creating apps for sale in the Mac App Store will be obliged to employ sandboxing in order to make apps less likely to fall victim to malicious attack.

In an email to registered developers sent last week, the company explained that they had intended to make sandboxing compulsory as early as this November but had delayed the requirement until early...

By Verity Gough, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Security.

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.