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.

Unity makes it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit

Game development platform Unity has made it easier to build apps supporting both ARCore and ARKit with a new cross-platform API.

Unity calls its new solution AR Foundation and it aims to solve many of the problems developers face with augmented reality development.

AR Foundation allows developers to leverage features in the ARCore and ARKit toolkits such as plane detection and world tracking.

Bradley Weiers, AR/VR Technical Product Manager, and Michael Durand, Lead AR/VR Software Engineer, wrote in a blog...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, iOS, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

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 bans crypto-mining apps from iOS App Store

Apple clearly isn’t a fan of cryptocurrency with its new guidelines saying it will no longer “hodl” on to support for mining apps in the iOS App Store.

The guidelines say that cryptocurrency mining will be disallowed in App Store apps unless the processing is being performed off-device such as on a remote server or cloud provider.

"Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining," the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Snapchat plans to launch a developer kit for its AR camera

Social messaging giant Snapchat has become somewhat renowned for its AR features, and it appears some of those will soon be in the hands of developers.

According to TechCrunch, Snapchat is preparing the launch of its first complete developer platform under the tentative name of Snapkit.

Prototypes of the platform reportedly allow other apps to offer a ‘Login with Snapchat’ option; similar to other major social networks such as Facebook and...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Social media, VR.

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.

ARM reveals Project Trillium machine learning processor

Arm is best known for its mobile CPU and GPU processors, but the company is keen to also show its expertise in more emerging fields. This week, Arm unveiled its new Project Trillium machine learning processor (MLP), three months after first revealing its existence.

The MLP exists to allow smartphones and tablets to perform machine learning independently, without needing to connect to a server somewhere. While a smartphone has limited performance, there are many advantages to this approach: less bandwidth and...

By William Judd, 23 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, API, Development Tools, IoT, Mobile, Tablet.

Egretia mashes up HTML5 and blockchain

Beijing-based company Egret Technology is planning to combine two of the most important modern technologies, HTML5 and blockchain, in a project called Egretia. The idea behind Egretia is solving some technical issues in the HTML5 game industry—such as multiplayer matchmaking, digital item marketplaces, data storage, advertising and crowdfunding—using blockchain.

Egret is already well-known in the HTML5 community due to its work on HTML5 development tools, including an engine, IDE and...

By William Judd, 21 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile, Platforms.

Open source Android Wear alternative AsteroidOS released

After more than three years of development, AsteroidOS has finally reached the version 1.0 milestone. This open source smartwatch OS is designed to offer Android Wear owners an alternative, especially for older watch models that have stopped receiving Wear OS updates.

The first stable release of AsteroidOS includes what its creators call 'all the features needed for a modern wearable experience'. That includes core watch apps like alarms, timers and weather, plus...

By William Judd, 17 May 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Android, API, Ecosystem, Mobile, Wearables.

Apple removes location leaking apps ahead of GDPR deadline

This week Apple has started outright removing iOS apps that don't comply with their location privacy standards. After tacitly permitting these apps for months, Apple has begun delisting leaky iOS apps and sending emails to app developers who have fallen afoul of the rules.

The move comes just two weeks before the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, although it's not clear whether Apple is moving in response to the new rules or merely tackling a new category of...

By William Judd, 11 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Hacking, Mobile.

Opinion: A 5G-enabled PSP would prove mobile streaming’s potential

If the rumours of a 5G-enabled PSP (PlayStation Portable) are true, it would be a defining moment in proving the next-generation of cellular technology has unlocked the potential for the cloud streaming of apps and games to mobile devices.

The rumours of a 5G PSP started after Sony released its FY2017 financial results. In its results, the company pointed towards 5G as being the reason it should remain in the...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Devices, Gaming, Mobile.

How AI will change mobile app development

Mobile applications are continually improving, and artificial intelligence (AI) is powering this evolution as more intuitive apps enter the market. With new apps being introduced to the market, products must stand apart from competitors by meeting the rising standards of consumers. 

Customers are now relying on mobile apps as immediate solutions for task completion and assistance with many other duties. AI’s adaptability and learning capacity allow businesses to satisfy the needs of customers while...

By Nacho De Marco, 25 April 2018, 2 comments. Categories: AI, Development Tools, Mobile.

NHS wants more developers to submit their health apps to its library

The UK’s health service is making a renewed call for developers to submit their health apps for inclusion in the NHS Apps Library

It’s been a rocky road for the NHS Apps Library. The library first launched back in 2013, was closed in 2015, and then re-launched in 2017.  For it to survive, it will need to meet its goal of becoming the “go-to place” for “safe and effective digital tools”.

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Mobile.

One in 10 game developers will use loot boxes for their next game – but express caution on use

More game developers are working on loot boxes but are expressing caution about their use, according to the latest figures published by the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

The company has released its latest State of the Game Industry report building up to the five-day extravaganza in San Francisco in March, polling almost 4,000 game developers. While almost half (49%) of those polled said they were going to use a pay-to-download model for their next game and 39% opted for free-to-download, one in 10 (11%)...

By James Bourne, 25 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

App monetisation: Choosing the right ad placements that work for you

Once you have decided which types of ad to integrate into your app for monetisation, the work then begins to figure out where in your app to place them. Here, publishers can fall into two major traps: 1) overloading the placement of ads in hopes of raising revenue; or 2) presenting the same ad strategy to every user. Both tactics can negatively impact the overall user experience as well as depress revenue potential.

Too many ads, too little time

To increase revenues, many developers mistakenly integrate too...

By StartApp, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Apple steals development tool startup from Android

Apple has acquired a startup which created app development tools for Android and plans to make it iOS-exclusive in the coming weeks.

The startup, Buddybuild, is based in Canada and will soon be folded into Apple’s Xcode engineering group. Buddybuild provides developers with a more efficient method of testing and tweaking their apps. 

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Facebook’s AR Studio opens to all developers

Facebook has opened its AR Studio tool so any interested developer can now build augmented reality experiences.

AR Studio was first announced back in April at Facebook’s F8 developer conference. The tool enables developers to build experiences for Facebook Camera.

Facebook is attempting to use third-party developers to help close the augmented reality gap with rival Snapchat. AR Studio contains...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Facebook, Mobile, VR.

App developer vacancies increasing at twice the UK average, new research says

In February 2017, when an Adobe Digital Insights’ report found a 5% decrease in mobile app installation among residents of the United Kingdom since 2014, job search engine Joblift decided to examine the affects of this decline on the country’s job market.

Joblift found that this scenario has not affected the demand for app developers in the nation and they are being hired at competitive salary packages. It was also found that Apple leads in the UK job market, followed by Google. In the past 12...

By Developer, 07 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Monetisation.

Freemium model favoured by majority of app developers for monetisation

The “freemium” model has outpaced all other monetisation strategies when it came to mobile app monetisation. This was revealed by Clutch in a survey, which showed that more than 61% of app developers recommend a “freemium” model for mobile app monetisation.

The survey also found that the most successful mobile apps do not only need expert recommendations for monetisation strategies but also a holistic approach that extends beyond development. It is suggested that firms need to...

By Developer, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview released with Neural Networks API

AI is the next frontier in smartphones, and Google plans to lead the charge with a dedicated Neural Networks API in the latest Android developer preview.

The new API was first announced back in May and promises to enable developers to take advantage of a ‘lite’ version of TensorFlow — Google’s open source machine intelligence software library.

“TensorFlow Lite will leverage a...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.