Dear Apple, Open up or be left behind…

Four years ago, Steve Jobs announced iOS’ video-calling feature ‘FaceTime’ would become Open so applications can be built cross-platform for the benefit of everyone. iOS users can keep in touch with their contacts in the bigger market which is the Android ecosystem, and vice-versa.

iOS users are still limited to calling each other. Despite adding features like FaceTime Audio (shouldn’t that be VoiceTime?) we're without a way to get in touch with our non-iDevice counterparts.

There's a...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Report shows in-app purchases to be most lucrative

Have you noticed the rise in applications making use of in-app purchases? A new report from VentureBeat Intel shows these developers have good reason to implement them; after all, they are by far the most lucrative method of monetisation.

The report collates data taken from 176 various developers across 1,000 different games to get a clear idea of how others can profit from their works.

It takes into account the cost-effectiveness of implementing the various methods...

By Ryan Daws, 16 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Android vs. iOS: "Originality" shots fired over new docs

Even if you keep out of the firing range you are sure to have heard the “copy” shots between the passionate Android and iOS camps. With each OS release, features are borrowed from one another in a bid to one-up the competition…

“Good artists copy, but great artists steal” one Pablo Picasso said, a quote more recently repeated by Apple founder Steve Jobs. Despite this, Jobs declared “thermonuclear war” on Android due to seeing the platform as a direct replica of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

The technology behind location-based apps

One of the other-worldly features of mobile devices is their ability to track your exact location. Can you imagine the sordid stories throughout history that may have been re-written had this technology been invented sooner?  You can almost imagine the courtroom; “Where were you on the night of…”

Anyway, there are two main ways to collect and distribute this type of information in the present day – Beacons and Geofencing – and both have their advantages. More on this in a...

By Mike Brown, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

New ray-tracing GPU could result in more graphical prowess for future iDevices

As Apple’s long-standing graphics partner; any advancement from Imagination Technologies is worth noting for its probable inclusion in the next-generation of iDevices.

Apple's latest line-up; the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and Retina iPad Mini – all feature the PowerVR G6430 in Apple’s A7 chip. At the iPhone 5S’ announcement, where the A7 was unveiled, the company had already boasted graphics 56x faster than the previous generation.

Now a successor graphics architecture, the PowerVR

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

iOS8: What we know so far…

It’s that time of year again when rumours start circulating about what Apple has in-store for the next major upgrade of iOS, and when people start deciding (ahead of release) whether it’s going to be a success or the complete and sudden fall of the house of Apple…

iOS7 added little in terms of user-facing functionality – instead focusing efforts on a complete ‘flat’ redesign and removing the skeuomorphic design of Forstall’s time at Cupertino.

Without being given any...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Operator APIs - What developers think

Developers are key!

You may think you have the best API or service in the world. If no developer adopts it, you will not be on the market and you will not have end users to capture value from. Value does not necessarily have to be monetary value as I have discussed in my article Leveraging APIs as part of Digital Strategy. Developers are the crucial element in the API value chain. Without them this chain is...

By Manfred Bortenschlager, 07 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

New SDK shows Twitch hasn’t forgotten mobile in its game-streaming empire…

We all know how important smartphones have become, and a big-driver for this are the casual gaming titles which suit the devices in our pockets far more than the home entertainment consoles which sit under our televisions…

Game-streaming service Twitch has been seeing a meteoric-rise through the rise of eSports and its availability across a variety of platforms (just today, broadcasting launched as integrated service on Xbox One…) but mobile has been the notable...

By Ryan Daws, 05 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Platforms.

Apple’s CarPlay turns your ride into an iVehicle

Announced back at last year’s WWDC, Apple has finally given more details on bringing a native iOS experience to automotives. Supported vehicles from partners; Ferrari, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and several more are expected soon…

With a simplistic and recognisable iOS UI, ‘CarPlay’ is designed “from the ground up” to provide a seamless experience between phone and vehicle.

Offering both touch and Siri...

By Ryan Daws, 03 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.