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, 3 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.

New data shows mobile developers intrigued by AR possibilities

A survey of more than 600 mobile developers recently conducted by Evans Data shows that augmented reality (AR) is currently being incorporated in some form into apps from 44% of mobile developers, whereas the other 30% are assessing or testing the technology in their piloting and prototyping projects.

The survey reveals 35.3% of the developers citing lack of awareness of the potential of AR among the general public as a major challenge, while 25% stating the same lack of awareness within their...

By Developer, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, VR.

Xamarin launches new mobile developer certification program

Xamarin, the Microsoft-owned cross-platform development software provider, has announced the launch of a new mobile certification program.

The Certified Mobile Professional qualification comes through the company’s Xamarin University, which offers tutorials and learning on a variety of operating systems and languages, including Android, iOS, and C#.

Naturally, these courses are not entirely altruistic. Xamarin’s platform – and indeed its mission – are based around C#, with the...

By James Bourne, 28 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Microsoft, Mobile.

Google introduces new mobile web specialist certification for developers

Google has introduced a new certification programme for mobile web developers which will allow them to demonstrate their skills to create responsive and flexible web applications.

The course, titled ‘Mobile Web Specialist Certification’ is part of the company’s existing certification programmes for Android developers, cloud architects and data engineers.

In order to earn the certification, developers have to take an open book examination that costs $99. They have to go through a number of...

By Developer, 07 September 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile.

Apple provides guidelines to ARKit developers

Taking some of the limelight away from Google’s ARCore announcement, Apple has provided guidelines to developers building ARKit experiences.

ARKit is Apple’s new augmented reality framework introduced as part of iOS 11. It combines device motion tracking, camera scene capture, advanced scene processing, and display conveniences to simplify the task of building an AR experience.

The AR guidelines include five main sections:

  • Designing an Engaging Experience

  • Entering Augmented Reality

  • Placing...

By Ryan Daws, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Mobile, VR.

Python slinks past C, Java and C++ to top IEEE 2017 language list

Python has topped the charts as the top programming language of 2017, according to the latest ranking from IEEE Spectrum.

The language, which continues to grow in popularity having been one of the highest risers in the most recent Stack Overflow survey, got the benchmark score of 100, with C (99.7), Java (99.5) and C++ (97.1) trailing close behind. C#, R, JavaScript, PHP, Go, and Swift completed the top...

By James Bourne, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages, Mobile, Python.

Research: Consumers are most excited about these new technologies

The breakthrough technologies consumers are most excited about have been revealed in new research – providing an indication of what is set to be the next big thing.

Online smartphone retailer, Mobiles.co.uk, charted the sharp increase in demand for VR, AR, and AI. The firm also studied how the latest technological advancements are shaping the capabilities of tomorrow’s smartphones.

In the past 12 months, the company noted an increase from UK customers in:

  • Virtual reality (up 300%)

  • Artificial intelligence (up 56%)

  • Augmented reality (up 25%)

  • Curved screens (up...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, VR, Wearables.

Embrace.io receives $2.5 million in seed funding to diagnose mobile performance

Embrace.io has announced it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding to help bolster its ‘first platform to provide performance feedback for mobile’ offering.

The round was led by a group of investors led by Eniac Ventures and comprises The Chernin Group, Techstars Ventures (TSV), BoxGroup, Walter Driver, co-founder and CEO of Scopely, Tikhon Bernstam, founder of Scribd and Parse, the founders of Burstly / Testflight, and executives from MoPub.

The company claims that for developers it is the only...

By Developer, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Mobile, Testing.

A certification program from Google has launched for mobile site developers

Google has announced the launch of a new certification programme for mobile site developers to prove their worth.

The new exam covers various aspects of mobile website development from the basics of why mobile-optimised sites matter, all the way to methods of improving mobile site speed, the importance of optimal UX design, and topics such as progressive web apps.

Passing the exam allows you to promote yourself with the honour of being a Google accredited mobile site developer who has “demonstrated...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Mobile.

O2 launches Liberty API project to provide mobility and social-demographic info to developers

O2 in the Czech Republic has launched the Liberty API project which aims to provide developers with access to some of the mobile operator’s data.

"At O2 we have a variety of unique systems built upon our data sources. Through open APIs to become a skilled partner for developers to create new products and solutions," describes Petr Holeček, manager of internal innovation center O2.

Two APIs will be offered as part of the pilot – the Mobility API, and the Socio-demo API. The former will...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mobile.