Titanium 2.0: Ready-to-use cloud tools for mobile devs

Appcelerator has launched the latest version of its Titanium platform, including access to its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), a suite of ready-to-use cloud tools that allow developers to integrate and deploy cloud-connected apps more easily.

Supporting Objective-C, Java, PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5 technologies, Titanium 2.0 offers mobile devs the ability to integrate 15 cloud different options like push notifications, authentication, photo sharing and ratings systems, without having to write server...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Android engagement slips but devs give thumbs up to Google+

While romantics would tell you that it’s impossible to measure love in statistical terms, research released today revealed that developer passion for Android has waned by 10% in the last year.

Although a healthy majority of developers, 78.6%, still said they were interested in creating apps for the platform, the figure has slipped from 87% during the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analysts IDC and Appcelerator, marking an alarming swing for Google.

The reason? The huge number of disparate...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, HTML5.

The Mobile World Congress 2012 Buzz Index! #mwc12

It gives us great pleasure to present the 2012 Buzz Index as compiled at last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition and conference in Barcelona.

I hear you ask “What’s the Buzz Index?”  I am glad you asked!  Let me explain.  Every year since 2007 we have been measuring what the biggest buzzwords are at MWC, which give a great indication as to what’s hot and what’s not in the mobile and connected devices worlds.  To be more specific, we only focus...

By Colin Chong, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, HTML5, Industry.

Opera: Choose web standards for web apps #mwc12

The debate over the use of web standards for web apps, and how developers explore deeper integration for such apps, has been covered throughout Mobile World Congress this week. Developer Tech met up with Andreas Bovens, Head of International Developer Relations at Opera Software, who believes that web standards are the sensible way to go.

With 160 million users worldwide, Opera is one of the main players in mobile web-browsing. It’s popularity is significant in...

By Matt Henkes, 29 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages.

WAC announces HTML5 carrier billing API #MWC12

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, WAC has announced a number of initiatives set to drive forward the adoption of HTML5 and, in the process, claw back some measure of control for its operator members from the over the top app services which have chipped away at their direct relationship with end users.

Announcing the launch of a new in app billing API designed around HTML5, WAC CEO Peters Suh said that the organisation wanted to remove the friction at both the OS...

By Matt Henkes, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Monetisation.

Mozilla partners with Telefonica on new mobile web-OS #mwc12

Mozilla has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on its new browser based mobile OS.

The first phones are expected to launch later this year, running on an Android kernel, with processes like calls, messaging and games run though the Firefox browser. Mozilla has also partnered with the processor manufacturer Qualcomm to build the hardware for the devices.

The technology behind Mozilla’s new phones enables the component price to be drastically reduced, said...

By Matt Henkes, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, HTML5.

PaymentOne releases HTML5 billing API

M-commerce specialist PaymentOne has released its new mobile API for html5 apps, enabling developers to monetise their web apps using direct billing in the same way they would with native apps.

The PayOne HTML5 API provides an HTML5-compliant Web-based payment flow for developers of mobile games and applications looking to monetize their offerings across all platforms and devices with a highly secure and frictionless "charge it to my mobile phone bill" payment...

By Matt Henkes, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, HTML5.

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,...

By Matt Henkes, 25 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Adobe, Android, Apple, App Stores, HTML5.