Opinion: Should you choose a Web or a Native app?

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The first step in developing an app is determining whether it should be native or on the web. This decision will impact every stage of development, from hiring the right programmers to determining which devices it can be accessed on.

Wait — Aren’t There Hybrid Solutions?

While current technology allows for hybrid applications — either by wrapping browser scripting in a native app like 

By Q Manning, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

Covert app communications result in Android battery drain

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Most applications require the use of data to perform their duties, but new research being released from MIT has found that half of communications are being conducted without any benefit whatsoever to the user. 

Aside from the questions it raises about why such communications are being established, it also reduces battery life, exposes users and their devices to privacy risks, and sucks...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Mobile, Testing.

Microsoft strengthens Windows Bridge for iOS

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DeveloperTech reported earlier this week that Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart, but the Windows Bridge for iOS appears to be progressing well and has received some notable improvements over the past few months. 

The project, also known as Islandwood, aims to offer a simple...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

CodePush enables instant updates to Cordova and React Native apps

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Microsoft has an SDK in beta dubbed CodePush which enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy instant mobile app updates to users' devices. CodePush acts like a central repository which developers can publish updates to, with applications querying the repository for updates using the provided client SDKs. 

This allows for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Mobile.

Developers can foresee the future with Google Maps API

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Developers who require the use of future travel information in their apps can put away their crystal ball as Google has opened-up access to Maps' trusted predictive journey times with the debut of a new API. 

Google Maps uses historical traffic data over time and days to predict where and when a build-up could occur, which may affect your journey time, and offer an alternative route...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile.

Opinion: Android with Chrome OS would deliver true "Continuum"

Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Google plans to merge Android with Chrome OS next year, which isn't the first time we've heard such rumblings. The rumours have split opinion, but I'm excited for the potential which merging both operating systems could hold for the future of personal computing. 

The world is now dominated by mobile, and developers want to build...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Platforms.

Google debuts new universal app campaigns and performance reports

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The app industry is a huge and growing business which offers a lot of potential, but also a lot of competition. Making the most amazing piece of software won't make a difference to anyone if the app just gets lost in the depths of the vast app stores and never has a chance to gain the userbase it deserves. 

Google has debuted new tools - first announced back in May at Google I/O - for creating powerful new...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

Google bumps APK limit to 100MB ahead of Android event

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Google will be hosting an event today where it's expected we'll see the release of updated Nexus devices from LG and Huawei, the potential of two new Chromecast products, a surprise 'Pixel' Android tablet, and of course the release of Android Marshmallow to power the exciting new hardware. 

Ahead of the event, the Google Play team has extended the APK file size limit for Android developers from 50MB to 100MB...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Seven evolving trends in software development

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What’s the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is ephemeral and burns out shortly after it ignites. For example, every holiday season we witness how some new and novel toy takes the market by storm–remember the Tamagotchi? But soon enough, few people care about these toys anymore, and in no time, you’ll likely find them cluttering the corners of a playroom or crammed in boxes at a garage sale. Trends, on the other hand, reflect movements with staying power....

By Ciklum, 22 September 2015, 2 comments. Categories: IoT, Mobile.

Salesforce debuts App Cloud development platform

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Most developers will be well-acquainted with Salesforce, the CRM behemoth, and in-particular its Salesforce1 cloud Platform-as-a-Service. The vendor has announced its enterprise-focused 'App Cloud' which brings some of its existing services – Force, Heroku Enterprise, and Lightning – into one neat package. 

Also in the mix is a new product called

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

Mozilla Webmaker addresses local content shortage

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The web is vast, but it doesn't yet represent everyone. Mozilla is on a mission to change this underrepresentation of some communities with the launch of their 'Webmaker' tool which aims to address "the lack of local content in mobile-first markets." 

Developed after extensive research (PDF) into how people use technology in emerging...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile.

Latis wants to finally make notifications 'smart'

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Developers for the most part have got wise to not spamming their users with notifications or risk having their app deleted, but there are still fundamental issues with how notifications are delivered. 

Entering the arena is Latis, a smarter notification system which prevents duplicate notifications popping-up on all the user's devices and instead...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Mobile.

Unleash your users' sensor data with Sense360

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Modern devices are packed with sensors, but few apps take advantage of the data provided due to how complex it can be to make sense of it all. Sense360 aims to change this through enabling your applications to capture, combine, and analyse data from a variety of sources in order to create intelligent new mobile experiences.

Even if every...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Location, Mobile.

The zombie app escape strategy: How to get your users to drive downloads and use

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Apart from stars like Uber, Angry Birds and Facebook most apps are destined to join the ranks of the ‘living dead’, languishing unfound and unloved among over a million competitors in the Apple Store and Google Play. Even those that make it to a smartphone are often forgotten and uninstalled after a few months. In other words, they will be zombies until you finally apply the mercy blow and remove them from the App Stores.

Here are a few stats:

By Gideon Lask, 05 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.

I/O 2015: Here's what to expect from Android M

Another year means another I/O, and eyes from around the world will be on Google's annual developer conference to see how the giant plans to lead the way forward in exciting new areas such as wearables and connected cars. 

Google will want to ensure its operating system is found wherever there is technology to power, but such a bold ambition can only be realised with some important changes. In this article we will...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, Samsung, Wearables.

Meerkat takes the fight to Twitter with its developer platform

When an established social player such as Twitter or Facebook launches similar functionality to your startup, it's a sad fact that you will likely drift into obscurity. Meerkat, a new live streaming app, is continuing to fight Twitter's similar 'Periscope' service to its very last breath through hoping to attract developers with a new platform... 

Developers can have the peace-of-mind the Meerkat experiences they help build will not end up going to waste

Meerkat has no love for Twitter, who their...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Mobile.

Analysing gaming analytics on mobile platforms

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We’ve come a long way since the days of Atari. We now have dedicated gaming platforms with powerful processors, graphics and internet connectivity. Someone sitting in their living room in Des Moines, Iowa can be playing against gamers in Canada, England and South Africa.

The overwhelming popularity of video games has created an industry valued at more than 90 billion dollars. That’s a lot...

By Rick Delgado, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Gaming, Mobile.