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.

Taking the FT web app to Windows 8: Jim Cresswell, FTLabs #AppsWorld

Ask people to name a successful web app and, maybe eight out of ten times, they’ll mention the FT’s HTML5 app.

Deployed in the summer of 2011, the app became the first from a major brand to shun the various app stores and offer their users a tailored brand experience through a browser, across a tablet, smartphone or PC, using a single log-in and a single subscription.

DeveloperTech caught up with Jim Cresswell, one of the top Web App Developers at FTLabs,...

By Matt Henkes, 10 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms.

What's getting devs all excited about Windows 8?

Windows 8 appears to have gone down very well with enterprise app developers, according to a new piece of research from IDC and Appcelerator.

In its latest quarterly study, Appcelerator reported that almost a third of developers said they were interested in creating apps for Windows 8 in the near future; interesting numbers for a product not yet even commercially available.

Over 43% of respondents described Microsoft’s new Metro...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms.

LG and Philips’ Smart TV pact promotes app development

LG, in association with TP Vision – who controls the Philips brand – has announced the Smart TV Alliance scheme, which hopes to create a common HTML-based standard for connected TV apps.

The companies jointly announced a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services”, aligned with Smart TV Alliance’s mission...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Platforms.

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.

Mozilla Marketplace to be launched as beta in "few weeks"

Mozilla Marketplace, the new web app store Mozilla are launching to compete with Google and Apple, is preparing to go ahead as a public beta in “a few weeks”.

Mozilla’s official website states that the company’s ambition is to bring “its core values – openness, freedom, user choice – to the world of apps.” The Marketplace will feature applications using Java, CSS and HTML5.

As reported by InfoWorld, Joe Stagner, senior program manager at Mozilla, told the...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Java, Platforms.

When is a TV not a TV? (Part Two)

For part two of “When is a TV not a TV”, we’ll be looking at what constitutes TV nowadays.

By the time I get home late at night (from working those 20 hour days *cough*), any of the shows I would have wanted to watch are long past their regular broadcast times. That’s the problem the PVR/DVR/TiVo solves, right?

Not always. I don’t have every channel, nor am I always near a TV set. What is more conveniently available is WiFi and a supple data plan for when a hotspot...

By Colin Chong, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Platforms.

'Stripped down' Blackberry 10 prototypes handed to developers

RIM’s new hot-seat occupant, CEO Thorsten Heins, has unveiled prototypes of the company’s new platform reboot Blackberry OS 10, complete with prototype handset at the Blackberry World conference in Florida this week.

Around 2000 attendees were given Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha handsets, not intended for consumer release, but for developers to test drive their Blackberry 10 apps. The company has also released its new Blackberry 10 developer toolkit.

The toolkit...

By Matt Henkes, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Instagram / Facebook: Is this the beginning of the end for web?

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram has given us a unique insight into where the Social Media giant sees the future of its industry, and the price it has paid tells us that it is not on the web. Is this the beginning of the end?

Much has already been written about the amazing amount Facebook is paying for Instagram. As a single app company with minimal monetization, $1 billion may seem extreme, especially given that the company had valued itself at about $500m. I am not, however, going to focus on the...

By Dale Carr, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

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.

Betfair opens its sports betting API to developers

Online bookmaker Betfair has launched “App Cloud”, opening up its API to allow developers to create their own betting apps and online widgets by hooking in to its lucrative Betfair sports exchange platform.

Iconic soccer club Manchester United has been the first to go live with the system, offering visitors to its website the opportunity to register with Betfair and place bets seamlessly from within the site.

Currently, third party interfaces operating off...

By Matt Henkes, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Platforms.