Amazon 'Kindle Phone' could be released in late 2012

Amazon may develop its own smartphone after the recent success of its Kindle devices, which could be launched by 2012.

According to a report by research firm Citigroup, Amazon have asked Taipei-based company, Foxconn, to help make the smartphone. Foxconn has previously working with Apple to develop its iPhone device.

The smartphone will use Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor, which is also used for the Kindle Fire tablet, it's been...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Stanford University make app development course available for free

Stanford University has released its mobile app development course online for free, giving developers an opportunity to learn more about Apple's iOS outside the classroom.

A series of lectures, slides and videos, from its iPad and iPhone Application Development (CS193P) course, are available to download from iTunes U.

The US institution has posted six lectures lasting an hour each,...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad.

Will RIM win back developers?

Alec Saunders is RIM’s new Head of Developer Relations. With RIM getting a lot of negative coverage recently, it’s Saunders’ job to set out his vision for the future of developer relations and talk developers round into not giving up on the firm.

Talking to the Inside Blackberry Developer’s Blog, Saunders said:”There’s no reason why developers shouldn’t be able to make a great living just by serving

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry.

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.

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.

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.

Android developers significantly more productive than Apple’s

Developers creating their apps for Android are more prolific that those creating apps purely for Apple products, according to recent figures.

The average publisher on Android has placed more than six apps in the Market since launch while iOS developers have just over four apps published on average.The Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth over recent months and while it is still in its infancy, compared to Apple App Store, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at...

By Verity Gough, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

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.

New app uses brain waves to measure sleep quality

A new app has been developed that claims to be able to improve the user's quality of sleep.Sleep Manager by Zeo, works by using brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep.The app works by synchronising with a soft-sensor headset measuring brain activity, eye movement and muscle tone in light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, as would happen in a medical sleep-analysis clinic. However the app is most likely to be for consumer use.“The thing about...

By Verity Gough, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry.