Why augmented reality (AR) app development is about to explode

By Raghav Sood, author of Pro Android Augmented Reality and owner of Appaholics, an Android app development company.

If you’re a smart phone app developer who’s been trying to create an augmented reality (AR) app, there’s a good chance your countless attempts have failed. Today’s smart phone technology is simply not at the level to allow for complex AR programming.

The good news is it’s time to pull your AR app concepts off the back burner. Within the next six months to a year, smart phones’...

By Apress, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, VR.

What does the iPhone 5 mean for developers?

By James Frost, iOS developer, Mubaloo

Yesterday in San Francisco, Apple unveiled its latest member of the iPhone family, the iPhone 5. Many have complained the latest update “lacks wow”, that there’s not much to it, nothing groundbreaking, but actually I think this is to do with our expectations and the hype surrounding Apple.

The actual technology used in the iPhone 5 is arguably the best on the market but because our expectations are set so...

By Mubaloo, 13 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Adobe Flash officially disappears from Android store

It’s official: Flash is no longer available from Google Play’s storefront.

AppsTech reported this story back in June with the main focus centring on a lack of Flash for Jelly Bean, Android 4.1, saying at the time that IT professionals will be “doubtless breathing sighs of relief”.

Adobe confirmed that usesr who already have Flash installed will get to keep it if they so choose, with configuration settings updated to...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

Deutsche Telekom wants your M2M app dev skills

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new developer portal for devs specialising in M2M communication, ‘the internet of things’.

The new community, part of the company’s existing Developer Garden initiative, offers a number of useful tools, APIs and SDKs, which it says will ‘quickly and easily’ allow developers to build and sell M2M applications.

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural...

By Matt Henkes, 08 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise, Industry.

Leap Motion gives reins for motion control software to devs

The 3D motion control specialist Leap Motion has received more than 26,000 applications for its innovative software, provisionally called The Leap.

A free developer kit is due to be sent out to every application that is approved – with entries sent in from over 140 countries.

The Leap, which is roughly the size of an iPod, can be plugged in via USB and is Windows compatible, supporting native touch emulation for Windows 8. Leap Motion claims that Linux compatibility is “on the...

By James Bourne, 02 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Connected devices and consumer behaviour: Insights for developers

As penetration of smartphones, tablets, and other connected devices such as smart TVs increases around the world, consumer behavior is shifting – but how does this impact developers?

InMobi’s connected device research with Mobext uncovers key trends and the opportunities they create for developers.

Consumers are constantly using and switching between multiple devices throughout the day. Tablet users, for example, will use smartphones on the go and while commuting, PCs at work, and tablets and...

By InMobi, 01 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Devices.

A mobile device is not just a small computer - strategies

A mobile device is much different to a PC. Sure, they are smaller, but it’s much more than that.

People bring a whole different set of expectations to their mobile devices. They use them differently, use them in different places, and want different things from them.

Mobile devices make different physical and cognitive demands on users.  This article will explore these differences and give you strategies you can put to work right away on your next mobile project. 

First the most obvious – display...

By Marshal Datkowitz, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices.

RIM to feature Siri-esque assistant for BB10?

It’s been delayed until the start of next year, but Research in Motion will be betting that a personal assistant will hope boost the sales of the fledgling BlackBerry 10.

Videos and reports have been released of what appears to be a very alpha-stage voice controlled programme on the BB10 Dev Alpha device.

According to the CrackBerry forums, the assistant is able to open browsers, play music and make appointments, but so far...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

iOS 6 betas limit number of apps available

It has been revealed that the recently-released Apple iOS 6 beta has a cap on the number of apps a user can have at any time.

According to a post from ‘macjeff’ on the Mid Atlantic Consulting support blog, 500 apps on a user’s device will result in “slow booting, auto-rebooting and other issues”, while breaking four figures of apps will mean your phone doesn’t boot at all.

How Mid Atlantic Consulting discovered this feature was not disclosed. It is particularly notable...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iOS.

RIM RIP? BlackBerry 10 delayed until next year

It’s a prevalent trend to indulge in a spot of RIM-bashing, but the Canadian mobile giants have posted a disastrous set of quarterly results which prompt fresh fears over the company’s future.

RIM CEO Thorsten Heins admitted that the BlackBerry 10 operating system was being further delayed until the beginning of next year because of unforeseen problems integrating the OS’s features.

Heins stated that he had no intention of releasing a below-par product on his watch.

This comes alongside the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Devices, Industry.

iPad dominates tablet video consumption

Almost all of the online videos watched on tablets were on iPads in the last quarter, according to a new report.

Digital TV specialist Oolaya’s quarterly Global Online Video Index report found that 88% of videos watched on connected devices were viewed on TVs and games consoles, up from 57% in the previous quarter.

Tablet viewing was dominated by iPad. In fact, since the launch of the latest iPad, the amount of video watched on tablets has increased by a quarter. “iPads presently account for 95%...

By Matt Henkes, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iPad.

When is a TV not a TV? (Part Two)

For part two of “When is a TV not a TV”, we’ll be looking at what constitutes TV nowadays.

By the time I get home late at night (from working those 20 hour days *cough*), any of the shows I would have wanted to watch are long past their regular broadcast times. That’s the problem the PVR/DVR/TiVo solves, right?

Not always. I don’t have every channel, nor am I always near a TV set. What is more conveniently available is WiFi and a supple data plan for when a hotspot...

By Colin Chong, 09 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Platforms.

'Stripped down' Blackberry 10 prototypes handed to developers

RIM’s new hot-seat occupant, CEO Thorsten Heins, has unveiled prototypes of the company’s new platform reboot Blackberry OS 10, complete with prototype handset at the Blackberry World conference in Florida this week.

Around 2000 attendees were given Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha handsets, not intended for consumer release, but for developers to test drive their Blackberry 10 apps. The company has also released its new Blackberry 10 developer toolkit.

The toolkit...

By Matt Henkes, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Innovative smartphone and tablet patents from Microsoft

 

New technology patents from Microsoft might take Apple's iPad dominance and iPhone smartphone dominance out of the game. Apple has long been one of the favourite manufacturers of Mobile phones and tablets (especially with the new iPad 3 (HD) rapidly flying off Smartphone retailers shelves.However iOS powered products whilst still being brilliant in recent years have tended to be evolutions of good ideas and not revolutions. News of dual display Smartphones and tablet patents applied for by  Microsoft may be the...

By Duwain Marnitz, 24 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry.

Instagram / Facebook: Is this the beginning of the end for web?

Facebook’s purchase of Instagram has given us a unique insight into where the Social Media giant sees the future of its industry, and the price it has paid tells us that it is not on the web. Is this the beginning of the end?

Much has already been written about the amazing amount Facebook is paying for Instagram. As a single app company with minimal monetization, $1 billion may seem extreme, especially given that the company had valued itself at about $500m. I am not, however, going to focus on the...

By Dale Carr, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Facebook, Industry, Platforms.

Android engagement slips but devs give thumbs up to Google+

While romantics would tell you that it’s impossible to measure love in statistical terms, research released today revealed that developer passion for Android has waned by 10% in the last year.

Although a healthy majority of developers, 78.6%, still said they were interested in creating apps for the platform, the figure has slipped from 87% during the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analysts IDC and Appcelerator, marking an alarming swing for Google.

The reason? The huge number of disparate...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, HTML5.

iPad launch: Improvement rather than innovation

The technology industry held its breath and prepared for something amazing last night as Apple unveiled what everyone has been referring to furtively as the iPad 3, but we’ve now learned is just, well, the new iPad.

It’s impossible not to wonder what Steve Jobs would have made of Apple’s latest effort to lead the tablet game. The launch proved to be a showcase of incremental improvements rather than the game changing innovations we'd come to expect from the company under his...

By Matt Henkes, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

The Mobile World Congress 2012 Buzz Index! #mwc12

It gives us great pleasure to present the 2012 Buzz Index as compiled at last week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) exhibition and conference in Barcelona.

I hear you ask “What’s the Buzz Index?”  I am glad you asked!  Let me explain.  Every year since 2007 we have been measuring what the biggest buzzwords are at MWC, which give a great indication as to what’s hot and what’s not in the mobile and connected devices worlds.  To be more specific, we only focus...

By Colin Chong, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, HTML5, Industry.