Google warns users against fakes of Play Store-bypassing apps

A new Play Store feature helps to protect users against software imitating those from developers who’ve decided to bypass Google's official app marketplace.

With the confirmation that Epic Games’ popular game Fortnite will be shunning the Play Store in favour of sideloading, an influx of fake apps is expected to hit Google’s marketplace.

Google will likely be taking measures to ensure such apps never reach the Play Store, but for any that slip through, it warns users that no...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Platforms.

Play Store expands paid apps support to six more countries

Only developers in a select number of countries have the ability to sell their apps on the Play Store, but that list has now expanded by a further six.

Here are the new additions:

  • Albania

  • Algeria

  • Armenia

  • Namibia

  • Nicaragua

  • Trinidad and Tobago

Back in April, Google enabled support for Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Many of our readers are not based in these countries and so most are likely unaware there are countries where developers can release free apps on the Play Store but cannot monetise with paid apps or in-app purchases.

That unfortunate list, thankfully, is slowly getting smaller.

What are your thoughts on the Play Store’s paid apps support expansion? Let us know in the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms.

Apple shutters affiliate commissions for apps in the App Store

Effective as of October 1st, Apple will no longer provide affiliate commissions for referrals to apps on its App Store.

The move is of particular concern to publishers who focus on game and app reviews for iOS and Mac. While the commission Apple provides is only around 2.5 percent, a small percentage of the company’s revenue, they are of large importance to such websites.

Following the change, it’s likely there are many publishers out there concerned about how they’re going to make up for...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Mac.

Research: Key insights from the UK developer job market

The number of UK vacancies for developers has increased by four percent over the last two years, according to research by Joblift.

Joblift is a job search platform that also monitors for notable changes in the career market. The findings in their latest research is evidence of the growing appetite for developers.

Seven percent of all vacancies listed in the last 12 months requested programming expertise. These vacancies increased by an average of four percent each month, double the rate of the...

By Ryan Daws, 01 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Industry, Languages.

Facebook makes the UK its largest engineering base outside the US

London is now Facebook’s largest software engineering base outside the United States following another huge investment in the UK.

Seven months after taking a large site in west London, Facebook has leased 600,000 sq ft at three buildings in King’s Cross.

The buildings can provide employment for 6,000 employees, offering a significant boon to the economy.

Steve Hatch, Facebook’s Managing Director for Northern Europe, said:

“The UK is one of the best places in the...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Industry.

Play Store increasingly beats App Store downloads, but revenue is still an issue

The number of Play Store downloads of apps continues to beat the App Store, but the latter remains leagues ahead in generating revenue.

According to figures by App Annie, downloads on the Play Store have increased 20 percent year-on-year. That’s impressive enough, but put in the context that represents 160 percent more growth than Apple’s iOS App Store – well, it’s quite staggering.

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Growing up fast: Apple's iOS App Store is about to turn 10 years old

Apple is preparing to celebrate the 10-year birthday of the iOS App Store, over which it's seen phenomenal growth and success for developers.

The App Store was introduced on July 10th 2008 with 500 apps. At the time, it was already impressive for a mobile app store.

Now, that number has swelled to over two million apps.

Phil Schiller, SVP Worldwide Marketing at Apple, says:

“In its first decade, the App Store has surpassed all of our wildest expectations — from the innovative apps that...

By Ryan Daws, 06 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

GitLab's shift from Azure to GCP is not due to ex-GitHub users

GitLab is shifting from Azure to Google Cloud but says its decision was not due to users who migrated from GitHub following its Microsoft acquisition.

Following the news of Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub, traffic spiked of people using GitLab’s tool for importing projects from the world’s biggest Git service. It’s clear developers still have very...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Git, Industry, Platforms.

Facebook leaked developer reports to external app testers

Facebook’s woes over its handling of user data continue as it admits to leaking private information to external app testers.

The company accidentally sent analytic reports intended for developers and their direct employees to external app testers.

None of the emails contained personal information, but they did contain data which should be kept private to the developer such as views, average users, and other information which could be especially useful to a competitor.

Fortunately, only a small...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Facebook, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Supreme Court will hear Apple’s case in App Store monopoly lawsuit

The US Supreme Court will hear Apple’s appeal in a class action lawsuit alleging the company is abusing its position to charge developers high fees.

Apple takes a 30 percent cut of developers’ app sales on the iOS App Store. This is pretty industry-standard across most of the major app/game stores, including the Play Store and Steam.

The major exception is Microsoft, which recently slashed its cut of Microsoft Store sales from 30...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple: Britain is leading European app development

Britain is leading app development in Europe with more than £2 billion worth of sales on the iOS App Store since it was launched.

According to Apple’s figures, over 290,000 jobs in the UK are linked to the App Store.

London is the hub for app development in Britain, accounting for around 138,000 of the jobs.

Other major cities for development jobs in the UK includes Manchester, Oxford, Bristol, and Birmingham.

The next biggest country in Europe for iOS app development is Germany with around...

By Ryan Daws, 15 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

E3 2018: Bethesda is embracing omnipresent gaming

Bethesda is establishing itself as the first game publisher to fully embrace omnipresent gaming, and it doesn't mind poking fun at itself for it.

Omnipresence is something which is everywhere. Bethesda has a reputation for making its games available to as many platforms as possible, but the company is taking it up a notch with Elder Scrolls Blades.

Elder Scrolls Blades is a new game in the popular series that features...

By Ryan Daws, 11 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Ultra aims to revolutionise game distribution with blockchain

Former executives from Xbox, Atari, Dell, Unity, Uber, and Time Warner have joined forces to create Ultra, a blockchain platform aiming to revolutionise game distribution.

Game distribution is monopolised with leading players take advantage of their position to take large cuts from developers’ work.

Nicolas Gilot, Co-CEO of Ultra. says:

“The success of Steam, Google, and Apple’s app stores over the last decade means that users have grown to expect and demand...

By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Gaming, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

Stack Overflow: Insights on the UK and Ireland’s developer workforce

Online developer community Stack Overflow has posted its latest UK and Ireland Developer Hiring Landscape report, providing insights on the nations’ workforce.

The results are based on ‘the largest survey of software developers ever’ with over 100,000 respondents.

Developer Salaries

Developers in England receive a median salary of £45,000, compared to £42,000 in Scotland, £41,500 in Wales and just £37,750 in Northern Ireland.

DevOps specialists...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Languages.

Samsung set to switch from Tizen to Wear OS smartwatches

Prolific leaker Evan Blass (of @evleaks and Venture Beat fame) produced a rather interesting morsel this week: reportedly, Samsung employees have been spotted wearing smartwatches running Wear OS, rather than Samsung's own Tizen operating system.

Samsung has been committed to its homegrown platform for a few years now, with Gear smartwatches and fitness trackers exclusively using the Tizen OS, so seeing a switch to Wear OS is something of a sea change.

This tweet...

By William Judd, 25 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Mobile, Wearables.

10 essential resources for intermediate Python programmers

So, you're an intermediate Python programmer. You've earned that title through coming into Python after knowing another language, or by going through Python tutorials or classes until you felt confident enough in the basics. That's great. Now, it's time to really spread your wings and really start thinking in a Pythonic way. Here are ten of my favourite resources to do just that, including fun challenges, must-read books, reference tools and projects.

Python Module of the...

By William Judd, 24 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry, Languages.

Lego's new Powered Up line lets you drive and code the Batmobile

Lego took to the New York City Toy Fair this week to announce its new line of connected toys. They're called Powered Up, and they stride the line between traditional sets and programming-oriented brands like Boost and Mindstorms. The idea is to make sets that are fun out of the box, with nothing but building required, but to add in smarter elements for kids to take the toys further, like remote controls and programming.

The lead set is the Batman App-Controlled Batmobile, a remote controlled car driven...

By William Judd, 18 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Industry.

'Efail' exploit circumvents PGP and S/MIME email encryption

If you rely on encrypted email via PGP or S/MIME, you may want to temporarily switch to a new form of communication, as serious issues have been found with how these standards are implemented in many popular email programs on Windows, Linux, macOS and Android.

Following an initial advisory on Monday, European researchers published an exploit called Efail in a paper called Breaking S/Mime and OpenPGP Email Encryption Using Exfiltration Channels.

The paper outlines...

By William Judd, 15 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Ethics, Hacking, Industry.