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.

New Developer Tools for Mozilla Firefox

 

For those of you who are developers, and still use Firefox, you’ll be happy to know that Mozilla announced yesterday that they’ve rolled out a new developer tool.

Mozilla put together a video for all of us to have a look at it:

 

Some of the features are:

1. More built in tools for real-time editing.2. Page Inspector allows you to look into a page’s structure.3. Style Inspector allows for quick and easy style editing.4. Scratchpad uses Eclipse Orion to give you syntax highlighting5. A full-screen API for full screen web experiences.

Those aren’t shabby additions and some of them are definitely going to give Chrome’s developer tools a run for their money.

The tools come bundled with Firefox, so you’ll 

By iMod - A Cape Town Blog, 01 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.

Can SME's tap into App Revolution to fuel their growth?

Kevin Miller, CEO, RunRev

Much is made about the importance of technology. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills recently announced a £145 million boost to improve the UK's e-infrastructure. The reality, however, is that IT infrastructure enhancements will not benefit the vast majority of businesses to drive productivity and profitability. But there is one IT revolution that they can tap into and benefit from.

The hype that surrounded Apple's announcement about the iPhone 4S...

By Kevin Miller, 25 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

HP to open-source webOS for developers

Hewlett Packard has announced it will open-source its mobile operating system, WebOS.

The webOS code will be available with an open-source license, enabling developers and engineers to work on enhancements within the marketplace and improve applications for next generation devices.

HP has said it plans to continue investing in and supporting webOS. The system offers multiplatform portability, along...

By Dani Millward, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.

RIM's BBX platform now named Blackberry 10

Blackberry 10 is the new name for Research In Motion Ltd’s new platform, after the previous name BBX was disputed.

This was announced during a developers conference in Singapore on Tuesday, nearly 2 months after the OS was first revealed.

A US federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on RIM using the BBX name, as it is trademarked by Basis International Ltd, a New Mexico...

By Dani Millward, 08 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Platforms.

Yahoo Vs Google Plus

Google is the unanimously accoladed king of search, but now there are plans to take it's audience even higher with initial thoughts about acquiring Yahoo.

The ailing company Yahoo, still has a large presence on the net what with the likes of Yahoo answers being an often turned to source of information, however other parts of Yahoo are definitely ailing with Yahoo mail from Bt for example being increasingly hard to use compared to other services like gmail.

Google on the other hand is on the up and up, as you...

By Duwain Marnitz, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

TV apps - who's going to benefit from them?

While we haven’t really yet seen the TV Apps trend take off into the stratosphere like we’ve been expecting, there’s little doubt in the industry that when connected TV hits the mainstream, it’s going to usher in a seismic industry shakeup.

Developer Tech spoke to Andy Eardley, director of the international TV app development specialist company, The TV App Agency, in...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

Android will remain free, says Google's Schmidt

Google boss, Eric Schmidt has said that he has no plans to charge for Android in the future and that this strategy will not change even after the acquisition of Motorola is completed.

Making his comments during a visit to South Korea - the home of Android phone vendors Samsung and LG, Schmidt's admission was reminiscent of the statements made during the announcement of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy-out.

According to reports, Schmidt said that the plan is to run Motorola "sufficiently and independently,"...

By Verity Gough, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Samsung welcomes developers for bada Developer Day

Developers from across the UK and abroad are invited to attend the second annual Developer Day, which is being held today at OXO2 in London’s Southbank.

The event follows the launch of bada 2.0 in August and aims to encourage more developers and brands to incorporate bada 2.0 into their application strategy.

Attendees will experience a mixture of sessions hosted by Samsung, a look at how apps are changing consumer behaviour and future trends that will change the mobile market, as well as...

By Verity Gough, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: bada, Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms.

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.