Indie Developer interview: Monster Mayhem

We covered popular indie Tower Defense Shooter Monster Mayhem, a while ago and now present the exclusive indie developer interview with Taplay Limited. Wannabee Indie iOS devs will love this one as you'll learn a fair bit about making the transition from more traditional older pc based programming to iOS developing and also learn some fantastic tips on play testing your apps. Monster Mayhem is available on the AppStore now. Why did you choose to develop for iOS?It sounds like this question is aiming at why iOS vs. Android or Web.  I thought that this was a hot market.  I was there to...

By Duwain Marnitz, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Languages.

Jumio brings out mobile SDK for developers

Image recognition technology specialists Jumio have released a mobile SDK for their Netswipe software which enables developers to add card scanning to any app.

The practical use for this is to avoid the cumbersome process of typing credit card details on a mobile device. The SDK is iOS compatible, with Android is expected to follow soon.

Jumio’s two main products are NetSwipe and NetVerify, identification recognition software used to verify customer details which have “turned...

By James Bourne, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Tapjoy launches $5m Asian developer support fund

Tapjoy, the mobile monetisation and ad platform has announced a $5m fund aimed at supporting developers throughout Asia creating and marketing free-to-play Android and iOS gaming apps.

The Tapjoy Asia Fund will offer cash, advice and marketing support to both new and established developers.

The scheme offers access to working capital, access to Tapjoy’s ad platform and the use of advertising marketplace, both for monetisation and user acquisition....

By Matt Henkes, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adobe, Android, Gaming, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Facebook shoulders its way into mobile with "App Center"

Facebook’s flirtations with the world of social mobile web stepped up a gear this week with the launch of its own app store, offering tasty promotional opportunities for developers, and complete with guidelines and a rating system that will see poor quality apps delisted.

The App Center, as it will be called, will list social apps that utilise the social network’s own login feature, listing iOS and Android, as well as HTML5 browser apps; sending...

By Matt Henkes, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Social media.

Titanium 2.0: Ready-to-use cloud tools for mobile devs

Appcelerator has launched the latest version of its Titanium platform, including access to its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), a suite of ready-to-use cloud tools that allow developers to integrate and deploy cloud-connected apps more easily.

Supporting Objective-C, Java, PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5 technologies, Titanium 2.0 offers mobile devs the ability to integrate 15 cloud different options like push notifications, authentication, photo sharing and ratings systems, without having to write server...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Congress grills iOS devs following Path privacy backlash

In the latest aftershock from the Path affair, and the massive can of privacy worms it cracked open, a pair of US congressmen have written to a number of iOS developers and key figures posing a series of questions around how they implement and manage user privacy.

The Path case, where the app makers were accused of uploading users’ address books without their knowledge, sparked a wider inquiry into the gathering and use of personal information by apps.

Following the furore, house representatives Henry...

By Matt Henkes, 23 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Social media.

Microsoft shows how to port iPad apps to Windows 8

Microsoft is on a mission to woo iPad developers as it seeks to bolster its app ecosystem ahead of the launch of Windows 8.

Having learned a hard lesson with WP7 that the success or failure of a platform hinges on the availability of apps, the firm said that on high roller apps, it would pay 80% of app download revenue to developers.

“With successful apps on Windows, you'll make more money than the industry standard, earning 80% of every customer dollar, after an app makes more than $25,000...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft.

Mubaloo's iPad 3 predictions: What would you like to see?

With Apple’s iPad 3 keynote only one day away, everyone is making their own predictions. The rumour mill is running at full capacity, and many agree that a product launch is to be expected within the next two months. However, debate is raging about what the device will look like and what exciting new features the Cupertino boffins have included.

 

Leading UK app developer, Mubaloo, make their predictions:

  • Double size retina display. This is likely to push the iPad in line with the HD boundaries creating the first iPad HD.
  • 4G LTE compatibility for iPad 3 will enable faster data...

By Mubaloo, 06 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, iPad.

Android apps are too expensive, say analysts

Paid for apps available through Android Market are overpriced, according to industry analysts, to the extent that the pricing is upsetting the balance of the industry.

Canalys, the smart market insight specialist, reported that the top paid Android apps are dramatically more expensive that their Apple App Store equivalent. In the US, for instance, the top 100 iPhone apps would set you back $147, while the top 100 list on Android stings you for a whopping $374.37, an average of $3.74 per app.

The top 10 or 20...

By Matt Henkes, 24 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Mozilla's Boot to Gecko mobile OS needs developer support

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week, and Mozilla is expected to finally whip the shroud away from its long awaited foray into the world of mobile, Boot to Gecko, a new cloud-based mobile OS for Web apps.

The not-for-profit is hoping to mount a serious challenge to the dominance of Android, iOS, and to a lesser expent WP7; no mean feat to take on the heavyweights where others have failed, and the project faces serious challenges. Mozilla expects it to reach the product stage at some point in Q2 this year, that's...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.