Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September...

By Verity Gough, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

RIM unveiled new BBX software for developers

Research in Motion is trying to rebuild its damaged reputation with the announcement of its new platform software, BBX, for Blackberry and Playbook.

The software will bridge the gap between the current operating system and its QNX platform, removing developer roadblocks in order to create applications easier.

Due to the increasing number of consumers that use smartphones and tablets, it hopes to bring more programmers in to build more apps for the platform.

It includes new tools, such as WebWorks, Adobe AIR/Flash and a...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Facebook opens HTML5 Resource Centre for developers

Developers now have access to Facebook's HTML5 Resource Centre in order to assist them in developing HTML5 compatible web apps.

The social networking site is keen to promote and support HTML5 development and, in addition to the Resource Centre, has created a HTML5 Blog and Developer Group.

Writing in a post on the new HTML Blog, Facebook engineer Matt Kelly said: "Today we are releasing three new HTML5 resources to help developers learn from our experience and the experience of other industry leaders building...

By Verity Gough, 22 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Freeview goes mobile with new apps for iPad and Android

Digital TV service Freeview has announced the release of a new app for both Android and iPad as well as an update for the iPad app.

Viewers will be able to access TV listings for each Freeview channel as well as enable watch-list sharing through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as email. An additional social media feature that is also included allows users to see which programmes are trending on Twitter. Reminders for favourite shows can also be set up and viewed offline,...

By Verity Gough, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iPad, Platforms, Social media.

Samsung TV apps reach 10 million downloads

Samsung Apps has hit the 10 million downloads mark after just five months in the market place.

The world’s first HDTV-based app store’s meteoric rise has seen it recently celebrate the milestone of 1000 registered applications and 10 million downloads.

Downloads have grown 100 percent just five months after reaching 5 million downloads in May 2011 and it currently has an average of 50,000 downloads per day—twice the number registered for May.

In addition, online video applications remained...

By Verity Gough, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

New tool to connect Smart TV with mobile launches

A new tool for software developers allowing them to create convergent apps that bring together Smart TVs and smart phones or tablets has been released.The MOVL Connect Platform, the latest offering from Atlanta-based technology company, MOVL, allows various devices to communicate in a shared experience and supports the creation of multi-user, multi-screen applications such as multiplayer games, second-screen TV experiences and interactive advertising.The tools can either be directly connected or hosted in the cloud. Direct Connect is...

By Verity Gough, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Design, Platforms.

Android users spend more time in apps than browser

It seems Android app usage is really taking off with it’s users. It was thought iPhone users were the main hogger of app time but it seems their competitor is becoming more savvy.

A study from Nielsen shows that Android users spend about an hour a day using their phone for everything but talking – 56 minutes, to be exact. Of those minutes, 67% are spent in apps while 33% are spent inside the mobile’s web browser.

An interesting study to consider when making the choice between a native...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

MobileApps.com aims for fairer deal for apps developers

Alvin Koay’s Singapore-based startup MobileApps.com aims to deliver a fairer deal to app developers, providing a pan-platform wholesale app market that allows them to bank more cash from each app that’s sold.

Hailed by some commentators as a ‘Robin Hood’ of the apps industry, MobileApps.com compares favourably to the main app stores in cash terms,...

By Six Degrees, 03 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.