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.

HzO ‘Talking to Apple’ About Water Blocking Technology for Future iPhones

Pocket-lint reports that Utah company HzO, which was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES, has said it is talking to Apple about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology.

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung...

By 3Squared, 19 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Devices.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media

Somewhere at a computer last Wednesday, a developer pushed a button and the 1 millionth mobile app went to market.

Apps shrink the functions that were once available only on a desktop computer to make them usable on smartphones and mobile devices – stock trades, restaurant reviews, Facebook, streaming radio, photographs, news articles, videos and, of course, Angry Birds.

The pace of new app development dwarfs the release of other kinds of media. “Every week about 100 movies get released worldwide,...

By 3Squared, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Apple to Launch 2880×1800 Res ‘Retina Display’ MacBook Pro in Q2 2012?

In a report sure to excite our readers, DigiTimes is saying that Apple may be readying an ultra high-resolution MacBook Pro for as early as Q2 2012:

“Apple is likely to launch its new MacBook Pro lineup with a display resolution of 2880 by 1800 in the second quarter of 2012, setting a new round of competition for panel specifications in the notebook industry, according to sources in the upstream supply chain.”

The publication cites supply chain partners as the source for the information which...

By 3Squared, 14 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Kindle Fire software update coming in less than two weeks

In the wake of user complaints about web browsing speeds and other performance issues, Amazon has told the New York Times that it will be releasing a software update for the Kindle Fire “in less than two weeks.”

That timeframe would put this new software update about a month after the 6.2 update released at the end of November.

The improvements will include performance updates and (finally) the ability to edit the list of recently used items on the home-screen carousel.

A tipster has also informed...

By 3Squared, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Devices.

Analysts See iPhone 4S Supply Constraints Throughout Holiday Quarter

Fortune summarizes a pair of analyst reports out today suggesting that Apple may be experiencing some supply constraints on the iPhone 4S during this holiday quarter.

The company has obviously been working hard to demand for the device as shipping estimates through iPhone carrier partners and even Apple itself have at times been lengthy, but beyond high demand the new reports suggest that Apple may be having some trouble meeting...

By 3Squared, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, Devices.

Amazon 'Kindle Phone' could be released in late 2012

Amazon may develop its own smartphone after the recent success of its Kindle devices, which could be launched by 2012.

According to a report by research firm Citigroup, Amazon have asked Taipei-based company, Foxconn, to help make the smartphone. Foxconn has previously working with Apple to develop its iPhone device.

The smartphone will use Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor, which is also used for the Kindle Fire tablet, it's been...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Stanford University make app development course available for free

Stanford University has released its mobile app development course online for free, giving developers an opportunity to learn more about Apple's iOS outside the classroom.

A series of lectures, slides and videos, from its iPad and iPhone Application Development (CS193P) course, are available to download from iTunes U.

The US institution has posted six lectures lasting an hour each,...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad.

TV apps - who's going to benefit from them?

While we haven’t really yet seen the TV Apps trend take off into the stratosphere like we’ve been expecting, there’s little doubt in the industry that when connected TV hits the mainstream, it’s going to usher in a seismic industry shakeup.

Developer Tech spoke to Andy Eardley, director of the international TV app development specialist company, The TV App Agency, in...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

No more Adobe Flash Player plug-in?

Adobe Systems will stop the development of its Flash Player browser plug-in for mobiles, according to a report.

ZDNet.com revealed the upcoming announcement from the software developer, after sources were briefed on its future development plans by an email.

The email stated: “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player...

By Dani Millward, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.

Android will remain free, says Google's Schmidt

Google boss, Eric Schmidt has said that he has no plans to charge for Android in the future and that this strategy will not change even after the acquisition of Motorola is completed.

Making his comments during a visit to South Korea - the home of Android phone vendors Samsung and LG, Schmidt's admission was reminiscent of the statements made during the announcement of the $12.5 billion Motorola buy-out.

According to reports, Schmidt said that the plan is to run Motorola "sufficiently and independently,"...

By Verity Gough, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Apple to overhaul products next year, sources claim

Apple is planning to update all of its product lines in 2012, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Technology news website, Digitimes, has reported that products due for the overhaul next year include its iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook Air.

This could result in the introduction of completely new designs by the company, rather than upgrades for existing...

By Dani Millward, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iPad.

Apple promises fix for iPhone 4S/iOS battery flaw

After weeks of complaints from unhappy customers, Apple has finally confirmed that some users of the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 are experiencing poor battery life as a result of a software bugs.

A statement released earlier today by Apple said: “A small number of customers have reported lower-than-expected battery life on iOS 5 devices. We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks.”

Users have been growing increasingly...

By Verity Gough, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iOS, iPad.

BlackBerry DevCon – San Francisco October 18-20, 2011

While RIM is growing in absolute numbers, in relative terms BlackBerry faces tough times due to the  competition of iOS and Android. We visited the BlackBerry DevCon with high hopes of great and radical new decisions – and of course to present Glaze UI, our new BlackBerry native UI framework. Radical news we received indeed – continue to read why the DevCon has frustrated many BlackBerry developers  and how we see it.

Checking in at the DevCon worked really...

By Marco Tabor, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.