Will Google I/O offer the best slice of the pie?

It’s only a week away! Google’s annual developer conference I/O will be here to (hopefully) display some of the best advancements from Mountain View over the year to come.

Evangelists will hope to see new updates to Android, Chrome OS, and the whole host of web apps in-between.

 

So what can we expect? Starting with Android it sounds many will be fairly disappointed, latest logs found on web servers are showing a ‘JWR23B’ build (see that...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Is Android development getting easier?

The biggest problem with Google’s open-source software, has always been that it’s open-source.

Fantastic for customisability, adding new features, but ends up on hundreds of variations of hardware devices. Different screen sizes, different processors... It’s exhausting enough to write about, let alone develop!

However, considering Android has a 70% worldwide smartphone shipment rate (according to IDC in Q4 2012) it’s important that...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Classic icon designs – time for a change?

Skeuomorphism is, according to Wikipedia, “a physical ornament or design on an object made to resemble another material or technique.” It’s a somewhat controversial design technique that has been around for centuries.

In terms of web and mobile design, skeuomorphism is most commonly referred to in terms of icons or even apps and software which use representational design elements that possess little or no functionality. You can learn all about skeuomorphism on our 

By Silicon Beach Training, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Industry, iOS.

Best practices to make your social app a global success

In 2012, Facebook dominated the social networking space on mobile devices, accounting for 85% of usage in North America and occupying the #1 position in most markets. The penetration of other social apps in the west has slowed down considerably due to FB’s dominance, and according to eMarketer, market growth is expected to drop from 50% in 2011 to 18% in 2014. However, in 2013, Asian Newbies such as Line and Kakao seem to have redefined social networking on mobile. With 74 million users in less than 18...

How to measure app analytics sessions sensibly

Let’s be smart about this and acknowledge that we love data and stats. With them, we’re able to learn about our app users, where they come from, what they do in the app and how much money they spend. Stats also help us understand how an app is actually performing. Real facts help us to make real decisions, right? Most importantly, principle number one is to make sure what you measure makes sense (and ideally in the long run it helps you get more than cents).

One of the key app analytics KPIs...

By Paul H Müller, 25 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS.

How to plan smartly when developing a mobile app

How to Plan Smart When Developing An AppHave you ever heard someone say, “I think I’ll just develop this app real quick”?

Didn’t think so. Developing an app isn’t something you can just crank out. Theoretically you could – but it certainly wouldn’t be a chart-topping application. Developing a successful app takes careful planning and analysis. David Tucker, in

By Mike Brown, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.