How to plan smartly when developing a mobile app

How to Plan Smart When Developing An AppHave you ever heard someone say, “I think I’ll just develop this app real quick”?

Didn’t think so. Developing an app isn’t something you can just crank out. Theoretically you could – but it certainly wouldn’t be a chart-topping application. Developing a successful app takes careful planning and analysis. David Tucker, in

By Mike Brown, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

RAD Studio XE4 released to aid multi-device development

Embarcadero Technologies has unveiled RAD Studio XE4, its solution for native, multi-device app development.

The software will help create apps for PCs, tablets and smartphones; helping ease the process of developing for each individually.

Most developers want to write applications which run directly on the device hardware for speed, reliability, more control, and better security. Many who develop cross-platform choose to use an interpretive layer for ease; saving time writing natively for a whole other...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Apple vs Android: Battle to find the ultimate winner

Android and Apple are at the top of the smartphone OS food chain. Other players like BlackBerry, Windows and Symbian can't compete with these two giants.

If you are planning to develop an application or launch a mobile advertisement campaign, you need to know some facts about the popularity and reach of different operating systems. In this infographic, we take a look at how Android and Apple tablets and smartphones stack up against each other in number. Not only do we take a look at the market share, but we also see...

By Albert Vang, 26 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS.

Android tablets to move further ahead of iPads in 2013, says IDC

There’s change afoot in the tablet market, according to the International Data Corporation. Android-powered tablets, currently shipping in greater numbers than its iOS counterparts, will surge further ahead by 2017.

Similarly, the overall number of tablets shipped will increase: IDC has moved up its prediction for the global market from 172.4m units to 190.9m by the year’s end.

Android is predicted to have 48.8% market share by the end of 2013, with iOS behind at 46%. However by 2017, these...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

Flurry claims indie app devs are becoming “endangered species”

Analytics firm Flurry has released its latest report on device proliferation, which shows a steep upward curve in terms of the number of device models a dev needs to support  if you want your app to be fully optimised.

The research, as seen in the graph below, found that if you want your app to cover 80% of total active devices, you need it to be compatible with 156 different models. For your app to cover nine in ten active devices, that number shoots up to 331 models.

If you’re aiming lower, the...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Development Tools, iOS.

How tough is it for new devs to crack the App Store?

Only 2% of the top 250 developers in the iOS App Store for the US are new publications, according to a report from app tracker Distimo.

The report, entitled ‘The New Apps in the Crowd’, considers ‘new’ to be anything beyond October 2012, as the research covered app stores for the iPhone and iPad, as well as Google Play, between October and January.

Of course it’s great to get your app featured in the App Store, but if you’re starting out and looking to develop for iOS, the...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, iOS.