Mobile trends for 2013: Freemium is here to stay (NFC is on the way)

As we zoom towards 2013, we thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with Abhinav Gupta founder of app studio Game Scorpion:

What surprised you about 2012?

The speed of new mobile marketing and advertising methods that were being created. In a short period of time, we saw  many brand new services start up to accommodate the app development...

By InMobi, 14 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, NFC.

Web or native app: Which one should you choose as a developer?

Native apps: Platform specific

Native apps are developed for a specific mobile platform and are either directly installed on a mobile device (smartphones or tablets) or are downloaded and installed by users from online app stores such as the App Store (for iOS apps) or Google Play (for Android apps) or App World (for BlackBerry apps).

These apps run on the operating system of various mobile devices, and are written using the programming language and frameworks (specific to a mobile OS); they can also store...

By Albert Vang, 06 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Do you even know what designers do?

Recently I ran into a firm that had no idea what designers do. Yes, they did call themselves designers. Yes, they were offshore hucksters. They did not know the difference between a designer and a front end developer, let alone a PSD technician or website designer.  It got me thinking that the only way these people can get away with not knowing their own business is if the market was rich with folks who might be confused on what a website designer does.

I shudder to think about all those folks hiring website designers and they just...

By Jeff Williams, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

Twilio: How to make friends and influence developers

Cloud telecoms communication pioneers Twilio aren’t just bringing their messaging and voice APIs to Europe, they’re bringing their personable, evangelist-based community engagement approach too.

If you follow what goes on in Silicon Valley, you’ll be aware of Twilio. A US start-up that's made waves across the telecoms and cloud communications space providing cloud APIs for developers and businesses to integrate SMS, VoIP and voice calls into mobile, web and desktop...

By Matt Henkes, 26 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Hacking, Industry, Marketing.

What's next for the evolution of Agile?

I’ve recently bumped into an interesting Agile related discussion in one of my LinkedIn Groups and thought it was worthwhile to summarise some of its most thought-provoking ideas and conclusions.  So, one of the Agile group members simply asked the following questions: “Is Agile another hype cycle? What is next after Agile?” and this eventually resulted in more than 50 comments from active Agile practitioners and PMs, Scrum Masters and Coaches, Program Managers and corporate IT heads.

Answering the first question whether Agile is another hype cycle, many experts agreed that many of...

By Ciklum, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Testing.

Mike Lee: The most important minute of your life [VIDEO]

After almost a year of touch work on his non-profit developer ecosystem project Appsterdam, World’s Toughest Programmer Mike Lee paid Apps World a visit in October to deliver a rousing motivational presentation.

Never one to shirk the opportunity to get his point across, Lee delivered one of the most engaging presentations of the conference, touching on the work he’s put in to getting Appsterdam off the ground and dealing out a heap of unflinching advice on how to approach...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Comments sought in final stages of Augmented Reality standard

Having been on board with Wikitude almost since day one, I’ve seen a number of changes within the augmented reality field. With the ever increasing advancements in mobile and web technologies, augmented reality has grown leaps and bounds in just a few short years. And as with any technology that advances at such a rapid rate, without an industry-wide set of standards, things can become, well, let’s just say “complex” at best.

Three years ago, while working on advancements to...

By Martin Lechner, 15 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, VR.

How to rescue a project that is in trouble

All projects face issues. Often times the way you resolve those issues will be the difference project failure and project success. Here are some ways to rescue your project when the wind blows your way!

Talk your team about prioritizing features together with specifications.

This will allow you to put the less important items last thereby minimizing your risk of not meeting the deadline. Eliminate any features or functionality that they live without until after the project deadline.

Increase resources


By Jeff Williams, 08 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.

App developers seek to improve outdated education practices

5app was very excited to be asked to take part in a two day Hackathon in London last month, based around the idea of using apps to facilitate education. We sent our CTO Tim King along to do the honours and report back on some of the outstanding work he’d seen.

The recent decision by UK Education Secretary Michael Gove to axe the outdated ICT syllabus in schools has been welcomed by industry experts crying out for a change in the way technology is taught in the classroom.

Off the back of this...

By 5app, 05 November 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

LongTail: What is the state of HTML5 video?

State of HTML5 video looks healthy for now, but how does LongTail Video's results compare with other tests?

LongTail Video, the creators of the JW Player, has updated its State of HTML5 Video report, which shows a healthy uptake for HTML5 video on browsers although isn’t at completion yet.

According to the research, nearly four in five browser and device manufacturers (79%) can play HTML5 video – in other...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.