How “freemium” is damaging the games

Freemium is damaging the games, but do you know quite how much? Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to sit down with a group of game developers who spoke passionately about their development, the industry, and how freemium is hurting their creative ideas and real game innovation.

The term is thrown around a lot lately; the act of releasing a game for free then charging for “premium” features later on in order to monetise...

Many games have had to switch to this new model, as is the case with Star Wars: The...

IBM ready to get serious about the API market

At this year’s IBM Impact 2013 conference in Las Vegas; the second largest employer in the US unveiled an API Management Platform to extend the company’s huge software presence.

IBM offers software-orientated architecture (SOA) of which this latest platform is a part of; alongside delivering a MessageSight middleware appliance based on the company’s Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol.

Mike Riegel of IBM says about the MQTT...

By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

The future of mobile ad sales, 3.4 billion to 80 billion!

Research flurry is reporting that mobile apps hit 58 million users during primetime. Yes, that’s primetime network television, 8 PM. When you compare the $3.4 billion generated in revenue in 2012 with the network television 74 billion dollars in 2012 it begs the question as to why mobile apps make such little money in advertising. That’s only 4.5% of revenues seen in television...

By Jeff Williams, 17 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Advertising, Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS.

Google Maps gets new design, new APIs

Probably Mountain View’s most well-known, well-loved product (perhaps after that search engine thing), Google Maps, has had a complete overhaul in user interface alongside brand-new APIs for you developers to play with! Let’s take a look.

The new UI removes most of just that, the UI, leaving only a full-sized map to do the talking.

A single search box now serves as your destination for most of Maps features; along with clicking on the map itself which presents a variety of new options.

Most of the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, iPad, Testing.

How Google I/O is completing the ‘Circle’ for its ecosystem

Heading into Mountain View’s biggest conference of the year, Sundar Pichai, head of Android at Google, warned the public the annual keynote would focus on developers rather than consumers. Whilst true, there is plenty coming this year for both sides to enjoy.

Vic Gundotra opened the conference saying: “We hope that the things you see at this conference will continue to inspire you and we will continue to earn your trust."

Trust in services is important to gain hearts and minds of individuals; Google’s...

By Ryan Daws, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

PayPal to unleash new Android SDK for in-app payments

Whilst in-app purchases become ever more popular, mainly from the rise of the “freemium” model, PayPal wants to get a slice of the pie on Android.

Announced on Monday, a new SDK from the payment service is to be released first to US developers on May 15.

 

This follows a release of the iOS version of the SDK which was debuted just over two months ago,...

By Ryan Daws, 14 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Startup Dekko moves from OS to AR with $3.2 million funding

Last year Dekko had big plans to turn the real-world into an Operating System, full of applications which blend reality with technology, a Google glass without the glasses.

The company hasn’t dropped its plans; instead refocusing on smaller steps to eventually meet their overall goal of augmented reality world domination.

 

Dekko has developed technology to map the world in 3D using a smartphone camera or tablet which is represented as “digital...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, iOS, iPad, Platforms, Testing, VR.