RIM changes name to BlackBerry as BB10 unveiled worldwide

It was first announced back in 2011, was expected to be launched in 2012, but its various setbacks meant that 2013 was the earliest time a rollout of BlackBerry 10 could be expected.

And the BB10 launch today, simultaneously in Dubai, Johannesburg, London, New York, Paris and Toronto, threw up a few surprises as well as some expected features.

The key pieces of news following the BlackBerry 10 launch were:

  • Research in Motion changes its company name to BlackBerry, in order to promote a single brand theme
  • Two smartphones are unveiled: the Q10, with the BlackBerry trademark...

By James Bourne, 30 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Platforms.

Why the Japanese app market is a tough nut to crack #AppsWorld

The US dropped to second place in terms of app revenue generation last year for the first time ever, supplanted by the new dominant player whose smartphone market is beginning to snowball, Japan.

Mobile app intelligence and metrics tracking specialist App Annie has released a detailed breakdown of the complex Japanese market, shedding some light on how difficult a nut it is for western developers to crack.  

Smartphone uptake among the Islands’ population progressed at a leisurely...

By Matt Henkes, 29 January 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Preview Firefox OS smartphones released to developers

Mozilla has announced that its long-awaited Firefox OS smartphones are available as a preview to developers, ramping up the open source evangelist’s mobile push.

As reported by DeveloperTech in July, the Firefox OS replaced the ‘Boot 2 Gecko’ project and utilises HTML5, and is being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica.

Mozilla outlines three reasons why developers should build apps on its nascent OS:

  • Keeping the web open – particularly on mobile
  • Simplicity –...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Mobile trends 2013: Engagement and activation

We thought we’d ask mobile experts the world over what surprised them about the past year, what they expected in the coming year and what they think needs a bit more attention. Today’s interview is with Patrick Meyer author of Steve Jobs & The World of Mobile.

What surprised you about the mobile advertising industry in the past year?

For four years, Steve Jobs drove mobile/tablet innovation with smart, user-savvy, industry eclipsing solutions. Then, with his passing, the company gets cautious, conservative in its introductions and...

By InMobi, 09 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms.

TV apps: The developer dilemma reloded

By Stefan Bielau, co-founder, Zapstreak

The growth in popularity of SMART TV and the connected home presents a chance for mobile app developers to gain a competitive advantage over their competition. However, this opportunity also brings with it a number of obstacles with it:

  • Lack of cross platform SDK taking mobile apps to the TV screen (iOS, Android, WP)
  • Connectivity - huge fragmentation due to proliferation of SMART TV models
  • Money - do this cost and time effectively 

After having conquered the various mobile...

By Stefan Bielau, 03 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Can mobile disrupt Facebook and should developers be optimistic?

The premier global market intelligence firm IDC has recently surveyed 5,526 Appcelerator Titanium developers on their perceptions of the current and future mobile development trends and priorities. The survey is claimed to be the largest mobile developer survey ever conducted to date and results in the following findings:

  • 66% of mobile developers believe that a mobile-first social media startup can disrupt Facebook.

Mobile provides an unprecedented opportunity to transform the whole industry or certain niche and build...

By Ciklum, 28 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Platforms.

Mike Lee: The most important minute of your life [VIDEO]

After almost a year of touch work on his non-profit developer ecosystem project Appsterdam, World’s Toughest Programmer Mike Lee paid Apps World a visit in October to deliver a rousing motivational presentation.

Never one to shirk the opportunity to get his point across, Lee delivered one of the most engaging presentations of the conference, touching on the work he’s put in to getting Appsterdam off the ground and dealing out a heap of unflinching advice on how to approach...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

LongTail: What is the state of HTML5 video?

State of HTML5 video looks healthy for now, but how does LongTail Video's results compare with other tests?

LongTail Video, the creators of the JW Player, has updated its State of HTML5 Video report, which shows a healthy uptake for HTML5 video on browsers although isn’t at completion yet.

According to the research, nearly four in five browser and device manufacturers (79%) can play HTML5 video – in other...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms, Testing.