400,000 iOS apps never been downloaded, says Adeven

Adeven says plenty of iOS apps are unloved and unfound – but is this a fair assumption?

Analytics agency Adeven has claimed that a staggering 400,000 “zombie” iOS apps have never been downloaded and remain dormant in the App Store.

Given Apple announced in June that there are a total of 650,000 apps in the App Store, then that's a pretty hefty number.

Berlin-based Adeven claims the figure of the zombie apps – in other words, an invisible app with no downloads or ratings – as it...

By James Bourne, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, App Stores, iOS.

Facebook brings in iOS developers Acrylic Software

iOS developers Acrylic, who “specialise in creating fun, useful and beautiful apps”, has been snapped up by Facebook.

The Vancouver-based design house has two well-known products; the database storage app Wallet, and the personal newspaper app Pulp.

The move is an “acqui-hire” rather than a full on company acquisition – in other words, Facebook has hired the two employees of Acrylic, but hasn’t taken aboard the dev’s products or technology. It is believed Facebook...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, iOS, Social media.

iOS 6 betas limit number of apps available

It has been revealed that the recently-released Apple iOS 6 beta has a cap on the number of apps a user can have at any time.

According to a post from ‘macjeff’ on the Mid Atlantic Consulting support blog, 500 apps on a user’s device will result in “slow booting, auto-rebooting and other issues”, while breaking four figures of apps will mean your phone doesn’t boot at all.

How Mid Atlantic Consulting discovered this feature was not disclosed. It is particularly notable...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iOS.

Android overtakes iOS as top platform for mobile advertisers

Research from advertising network Adfonic has found that, globally, Android devices are consistently hitting more ad impressions than iOS.

As part of its Global AdMetrics Report for the second quarter of this year, Android increased its share of global ad impressions from 38% to 46% in quarter 2 whilst iOS dropped from 45% to 34%.

Android continued its dominance of the North American advertising marketplace, with a whopping 63% of impressions accounted for on Android – up...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, iOS.

AT&T brings out HTML5-ready Watson API

Telecoms giant AT&T has officially released the free application programming interface (API) for its Watson-powered speech program which will allow users to access their apps via voice control.

The intuitive text-to-speech software development kit (SDK) will be available for both native and HTML5 apps and is designed to wade through any accent or dialect to recognise what is being said – a previously complex problem.

Among the solutions the API will aim to provide are:

  • A voicemail-to-text service which is trained on a “massive”...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, iOS.

Developer anger as Facebook shuts down Face.com API

Less than a month after its buyout by Facebook, Israeli facial recognition site Face.com is shutting down its application programming interfaces (APIs) and booting out Klik, its iOS app.

Face.com was one of many items on Mark Zuckerberg’s shopping list this year, including Instagram and location-based app Glancee among others as the social media giant bolstered its mobile arsenal.

Reports differed in terms of...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, iOS, Social media.

BlackBerry developers earn more per app, survey shows

It might be lean times for RIM, but it isn’t as lean for BlackBerry developers who can get regular work.

According to a report from market analysts Vision Mobile, a BlackBerry developer would earn more money per app than his contemporaries on iOS and Android, with the BlackBerry dev taking home on average $3,853 per month compared to $3,693 for iOS and $2,735 for...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, BlackBerry, Development Tools, iOS.

Apple needs permission before apps access personal data in iOS 6

Earlier this year, Apple came under fire from consumers advocates and Congress after it was discovered that apps, most notably Path, were uploading users’ entire address books to their servers without alerting users or asking for authorization.

Path deleted the information, but a pair of U.S. Congressmen sent a letter to Apple asking for information on the company’s data collection policies.

More recently,...

By 3Squared, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS.

Eclipse report shows developers prefer to target Android

The latest Eclipse Open Source Developer Report has found that mobile app development is gaining increased prominence, with developers slightly favouring Android over iOS as the target for their apps.

“Android and Apple iOS continue to dominate as the key platforms,” said Ian Skerrett, Eclipse director of marketing, though adding: “It is a bit more surprising that more developers are not using cross-platform networks”.

43% said overall that they had developed a mobile application,...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.