Google Play changes – How will this affect your Android apps?

Most of our app makers choose to upload their free Android apps into the Google Play store, we know that this store is not the only Android store around, but whether we like it or not, Google Play is still the most popular Android app store and this does not look like it will change in the near future, therefore it is vital that you are aware of all Google Play changes and how this will affect your app’s discoverability.

By Leah Goodman, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation.

To go freemium, or not to go freemium? [infographic]

“Freemium” apps (or apps with in-app purchases) are the latest and greatest monetization trend in the mobile app industry. To put it simply, freemium falls somewhere between free, ad-supported apps and paid apps on the app monetization spectrum.  With the overwhelming success of games like Candy Crush Saga, freemium has been a popular topic of conversation in the mobile app world.

You may be asking yourself: What is behind this trend? Should my app go freemium?

Check out our infographic below! Click to...

By StartApp, 03 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Gaming, Monetisation, Platforms.

Google starts to police new Android policies

The Mountain View-based company has updated their Google Play policies on Android to the benefit of users, developers, and the ecosystem as an entirety. Let’s be honest – It’s about time.

Since the dawn of Android; users have had to deal with obtrusive ads, whether in-app, or through their notification bars. Some developers add this purely for monetisation, others to promote more applications in their portfolio, and some, more maliciously – lead you to scams.

Let’s start with the...

By Ryan Daws, 27 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Firefox and ZTE start attack on US and Blighty from Friday

You may be warranted in giving a groan hearing yet another competitor is trying to enter the market saturated by two heavyweights who need little introduction – Android and iOS.

Yet that’s exactly what Mozilla is attempting with their new ZTE “Firefox OS” devices. From Friday, ZTE will be taking to eBay to sell its first Firefox OS phone the “ZTE Open” for an incredibly tempting price of $79.99 (£59.99 in the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Jelly Bean 4.3 is tastier than you know

At Google’s “Breakfast with Sundar” event yesterday; the Mountain View-based company took the wraps off a lot of Android 4.3 announcements we were expecting - yet there was so much more you may not know about.

Sundar Pichai – head of Android – took the time to gloss over a few of the notable features which would directly affect our experiences from day one.

These include; Restricted “Kid Mode” Profiles, Bluetooth Low Energy support, Virtual Fraunhofer Cingo™...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Apple’s developer outage (just as Play Store grows faster)

Apple’s developer website is experiencing an ongoing outage after a security breach which has caused a complete overhaul to be initiated, arriving just as Google announces hitting the same 50 billion app downloads milestone Apple recently celebrated – only a year quicker.

The outage occurred as of last Thursday according to the Cupertino giant’s maintenance page; although some sources appear to report a day earlier.

It appears – although unconfirmed – customer data...

By Ryan Daws, 22 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

Opera’s Devices SDK to power TCL’s line of Smart TVs

China-based manufacturer TCL is set to release a host of new television sets with a twist; they’ll be powered by web-brand Opera.

The new line of Smart TVs by the company - the TCL E5691, E5510, F3250 and F3500 - will all feature dedicated software applications developed on a brand-new Devices SDK.

Along with the TV browser, the TV store will allow customers access to a wide-variety of most the popular entertainment options – from video apps like Vimeo, to social...

By Ryan Daws, 19 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Got an awesome startup? Register for “Million Pound Startup”

The Million Pound Startup is an international competition for all the entrepreneurs out there (of any industry) who can register for free – instantly promoting your business or idea – and be in for the running of winning a million pounds.

Worth a go, surely?

 

Whilst usually these kinds of contests head straight to my delete folder, the backing of some high-profile names took my intrigue. Opening the website presented a very visual look at all...

Android 5.0 “Key Lime Pie” to be design-focused?

Let’s face it iOS users, it’s not the “most advanced mobile operating system” anymore is it? That’s not a bad thing, the pull of Apple’s famous OS is its simplicity and design (love or loathe).

The crown of ‘advanced’ goes to Google’s open-source Android, but – at stock – it’s not the most attractive.

Google, in my opinion, has done things the right way, with a focus on providing great underlying features and services whilst letting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Market Android apps by optimizing for the app market

Let me tell you something that I think you may already know – the Android app market place is getting crowded and competition for apps is heating up at a phenomenal speed. So how do you market Android apps to ensure that they don’t get lost in the Android app market? The first and most important step that many people forget is to ensure that their app is app store optimized.

By Leah Goodman, 01 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Automotive apps to reach $1.7 billion, is cars the next big platform?

On sister site TelecomsTech we spoke to Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “connected cars” and how carriers plan to support the rise in automotive apps; both in infrastructure and services.

Forecasts today by ABI research point revenue to hitting nearly $1.7 billion globally by 2018.

 

Car manufacturers are consistently looking how they can entice customers away from the competition and offer...

Microsoft wins design, but pays for WP8 developers

When Apple unveiled the new iOS 7 design at WWDC, many, including me, took note at how many design cues were taken from rival OS's.

Regardless of whether you think this is right – “good artists borrow, great artists steal”, as Pablo Picasso was alleged to have said - the company went for a ‘flat’ design, like Microsoft.

 

Microsoft, with its Windows Phone 8 Operating System is acclaimed for taking a radically different approach; whereas...

Scheduling a Task to run repeatedly in Android

Android has a built-in AlarmManager class which makes scheduling tasks very easy.

What we will do is to setup an Activity to be run at 00:01:00 every day i.e 1 minute past midnight.

There are 3 steps to doing this:

  • Check if the AlarmManager already has our schedule configured
  • Set up the task in AlarmManager
  • Write code which will get activated at the scheduled time
  • WHAT IS A PENDING INTENT

    Assuming you are familiar with the concept of an Intent, a Pending Intent is granting another app the permission and...

    By Amit Sengupta, 17 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Languages, Testing.

    BlackBerry 10.2 to support Android Jelly Bean apps

    Along with BlackBerry Playbook OS v2 arrived support for the library of Android applications with one fairly major limitation; they had to be specifically packaged for ‘Gingerbread’.

    An upcoming BlackBerry OS update, 10.2, will finally provide support for ‘Jelly Bean’.

    The runtime, which was released today, now contains support for Fragments, hardware acceleration, plenty more...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

    Special Effect interview: Apps and hardware changing lives

    Yesterday I tested an innovative new Android application named “Twilight” which changes the brightness of your screen dependant on the time of day, slowly adding a soft red filter until night-time to remove the blue light which keeps you awake.

    As someone who regularly struggles to sleep; this morning I wanted to write a piece on how it could potentially “change my life” before realising how in the scheme of things, it’s so very...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

    Social mapper Waze lands huge acquisition by Google

    Waze, the Israel-based start-up, has had great success; in July 2012 the company announced 20 million users with half of those joining in the previous six months.

    Google has clearly been watching the service evolve, and has now decided to acquire the company.

     

    Available on Android, iOS, Symbian, and J2ME the application utilises “crowdsourcing” to update maps in real-time for all users; from new unmapped roads, to traffic jams, and speed cameras.

    From personal experience; the crowdsourcing...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Gaming, Industry, iOS, Marketing, Platforms.