Apple gifts developers with bigger iOS app sizes and 'TestFlight' abilities

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The capabilities of iOS apps are increasing, and therefore app sizes are heading skyward with it. In the last round of iDevice updates there was a lot of anguish at the decision to still offer the 16GB version of the iPhone 6, which just isn't enough for most users despite our increasing move to cloud-based storage and streaming for things like music, videos, and documents.

Since 2008, iOS app sizes...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Testing.

'Silver' lets you compile Swift for Android and Windows

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Last year, Apple introduced a new programming language called 'Swift' which is getting a fair amount of praise from developers. Now the clever guys and girls over at RemObjects have released a new compiler called 'Silver' which allows Swift programs to be run in the .NET and Java runtimes –making them compatible with Windows and Android.

Swift has been soaring in popularity, and has leapt...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Microsoft, Testing.

Google Play outpaces iOS' App Store for third year

Android holds the largest smartphone marketshare around the world, and therefore marks an important platform for developers to reach the biggest audience possible. The app store which accompanies Google's mobile OS has seen meteoric growth, but has trailed behind Apple's iOS in submitted apps due to its later launch.

The latest report from appFigures points towards a change of tides...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, iOS, Platforms.

Flurry Research: "Install Addicts" drive app downloads

Claims from industry analysts point towards the rate of app downloads having decelerated after reaching saturation in markets such as the US and South Korea. In August, CNNMoney became one of the many publications to run a piece on this supposed slowdown of app downloads. Flurry Research set out to disprove this claim using their analytics data...

Focusing on the US, Flurry found that consumers are still downloading apps...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, iOS.

Interview: Sinch's new SMS API challenges Twilio

VoIP giant Rebtel spun-off a company called 'Sinch' back in May along with $12 million in funding from Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. The company has gained significant momentum, with sign-ups increasing 25% month-by-month and over four billion minutes of calls connected using its simple communications platform.

Sinch has been on the cutting-edge with powerful innovations such as WebRTC, but has been missing support for that legacy...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Opinion: What the iPad and iPhone 6 Plus needs

The iPhone 6 Plus has a lot of unrealised potential, and it's down to an uninspired interface that it's not meeting it. Sure, apps can show an extra pane of information, but they can't be opened side-by-side or "floated" like the Galaxy Note 4. Sure, you can copy and paste from apps, but you can't grab specific parts of the screen and pull information from it like the Note 4. These are all features not everyone needs, but it shows that Samsung's device is at least taking advantage of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Apple shoves its own Push notification rule

In Apple's App Store rules, it quite clearly states "Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind". If you've spent any time on iOS (or any major smartphone platform for that matter) you know that rule is broken all-too-often to the frustration of many customers.

Apple needs to enforce the rule somehow and at least set a good standard for developers to follow everywhere.

It's an effective tactic, however, with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

What Apple WatchKit brings to the party for developers

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Last week, Apple released WatchKit to developers. Over the next few months, ahead of the launch of Apple Watch, developers now have the opportunity to take their existing apps and add the necessary extensions to interact with Apple Watch. This point is really key here, Apple isn’t telling developers they have to build new apps, merely take the successful apps they already have and extend them.As alluded to when Apple introduced the watch, much of the leg work of running apps will be handled by a...

By Mubaloo, 26 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS.

Phablet users spend the most time in-app

Over the past decade, mobile devices have been getting smaller in every dimension (no #Bendgate jokes here...) Unfortunately, we also want to get more done on the move at the same time. As capabilities have increased, due to faster mobile networks and hardware innovations, the potential to do more is there - but it often requires a bigger screen.

The extra real estate allows for more immersive content, and more detailed information.

Even Apple, who was once adamant against larger screens, has seen the light...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

Six of the most popular mobile development tools

As the app market matures, developers need to begin thinking about porting their apps across multiple platforms to increase their audience size as much as possible. But, developing an app for each different mobile platform is insanely time consuming and requires knowledge of a wide variety of different programming languages. Luckily, cross-platform development tools have emerged to help developers carry some of the burden.

Check out six of the most popular cross-platform tools...

By StartApp, 06 November 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Languages, Testing.