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.

Android “less gain and more pain” for developers compared to iOS, says Flurry

Research from Flurry Analytics has shown that Apple’s iOS is ahead of Android as the overwhelming favourite operating system for developers because Android delivers “less gain and more pain”.

Even though Android dominates the smartphone market for users, the research noted that developers appear to prefer iOS due to reasons of convenience and money.

This isn’t the best news for Google,...

By James Bourne, 11 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

How to generate promo codes and refund beta testers for Android apps

Getting playtesters for Android apps and giving out refunds for reviews of your Android apps is not nearly as straightforward as for iOS apps.

If you're a reviewer or beta tester for an iPhone or iPad app all you have to do is use a site like TestFlight or get the developer whose app is being tested to email you a promo code. Simple!

Perhaps that's why iOS apps are reviewed so much more often than Android apps. After all, a busy app review site can't afford the time nor money to review all the Android apps...

By Duwain Marnitz, 07 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Testing.

HTML5 not hitting the mark on mobile gaming yet

Mobile has a long way to go to catch up with desktops and laptops in running HTML5 games, according to a report from spaceport.io PerfMarks.

This is the second report from spaceport.io with the first, released in March, concluding that iOS was far quicker with HTML5 games than Android operating systems.

However this addendum is more damning, concluding that the most up-to-date...

By James Bourne, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, iOS.