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.

All change for developers after Apple's sandboxing decree

Developers are having to embrace a host of restrictions if they are to continue creating apps for Apple's Mac Store.

From March 2012, developers creating apps for sale in the Mac App Store will be obliged to employ sandboxing in order to make apps less likely to fall victim to malicious attack.

In an email to registered developers sent last week, the company explained that they had intended to make sandboxing compulsory as early as this November but had delayed the requirement until early...

By Verity Gough, 07 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Design, Development Tools, Security.

Facebook fights over 600,000 hackers a day

Facebook has revealed that it comes under attack by over 600,000 security attacks every day.

In a blog post announcing new security measures to be implemented in coming weeks, the social networking giant estimated that out of the billion plus daily user logins, six percent are fraudulent.

"600,000 times a day, we stop a bad guy from getting access to an account even though he has guessed,...

By Verity Gough, 06 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Security, Social media.

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.

Developers can create apps with EMI sandbox

EMI Music and The Echo Nest have announced a partnership to give application developers the chance to get involved with music and related content.

The collaboration will create and manage ‘sandboxes’ for developers to access music content and information, in order to build apps around artists, music, videos and artwork.

Developers will register for an API key and submit app concepts and ideas. Once approved, the app will be released by...

By Dani Millward, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Devices, iPad.

Zeebox offers new social TV platform for app developers

A new dual-screen app that links TV and social media together has been released, offering developers a chance to add to the service and advertisers to provide direct routes to products.

Created by Anthony Rose, the man behind BBC's iPlayer, Zeebox combines live programme information and real-time viewing figures, whilst having access to social networks.

Its API will be open for developers to add apps to its 

By Dani Millward, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Devices, iPad, Languages, Social media.

Samsung welcomes developers for bada Developer Day

Developers from across the UK and abroad are invited to attend the second annual Developer Day, which is being held today at OXO2 in London’s Southbank.

The event follows the launch of bada 2.0 in August and aims to encourage more developers and brands to incorporate bada 2.0 into their application strategy.

Attendees will experience a mixture of sessions hosted by Samsung, a look at how apps are changing consumer behaviour and future trends that will change the mobile market, as well as...

By Verity Gough, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: bada, Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms.

Will bendy smartphones open a door for developers?

Bendable smartphones offer a new platform for game developers, as Samsung could release its new technology by early next year.

The smartphones will feature foldable OLED screens made out of ‘Graphene’, which doesn’t crack when folded over, and makes it easier to fit your device into pockets and purses.

The South Korean electronics giant also said that tablets and other devices may be introduced to the flexible...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Samsung.

Opera gets pipped by Android in mobile standings

Opera Mini has taken a back seat in the global popularity race after Google's mobile browser claimed second place in worldwide usage of the web with smartphones and tablets in October.

The figures, released by Net Application in its monthly browser user stats, shows that Safari has also seen a rise. However, the biggest change is the shift from older phone operating systems, where Opera Mini is more popular, to Android.

Yet while Google's unbranded browser rose in the rankings, from 16.3 percent in September...

By Verity Gough, 01 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Nokia launches Windows Phone

Nokia have launched two new Windows Phone handsets as well as new Symbian devices at Nokia World this week.

Nokia launched its comeback bid in London today – the struggling mobile phone manufacturer unveiled two new Windows Phone handsets, running the latest version of the software and aimed at the midrange of the market, as well as new handsets based on its aging Symbian operating system.

The new devices (Nokia Lumina 800 and Nokia Lumina 710) will be the first since Nokia CEO Stephen...

By 3Squared, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

Android developers struggle to cash in on the apps market

Developers creating apps purely for the Android Marketplace are hard pressed to make money, despite high download figures.

According tο Toronto-based developers, Wattpad, developers and software companies are better off making use of advertising in their apps or offering in-app buys.

Allen Lau, Wattpad's CEO аnԁ co-founder, argues it's the best deal wіthіn аn app store that is crammed with free apps, spammy apps аnԁ "obfuscated bу a tedious checkout process."

"Thаt adds a lot οf...

By Verity Gough, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Yahoo and Google to launch digital newsstands

Yahoo and Google are set join an already crowded marketplace after reports revealed that the internet giants plan to unveil digital newsstand apps next week.

According to All Things D, this coming Wednesday Yahoo will officially launch Livestand - its home grown digital news app following a preview earlier this year.

Following behind, Google is planning to launch its product, code-named Propeller. According to reports, the name could change to Currents but it is planned for launch the week after next.

With...

By Verity Gough, 29 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS.

Facebook launches Trusted Friends in bid to boost security

Security took centre stage again today as Facebook announced its new app passwords as well as the "trusted friends" user option.With third party app security concerns on the increase, the Trusted Friends option will allow users to choose three to five friends who can help if they are locked out of their account, much like giving a neighbour the key to the door. Codes will be sent out to the chosen friends who can pass them on to the user who can then log back into their account.In addition, Facebook will allow users to add passwords for...

By Verity Gough, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Hacking, Security, Social media.

Android developers significantly more productive than Apple’s

Developers creating their apps for Android are more prolific that those creating apps purely for Apple products, according to recent figures.

The average publisher on Android has placed more than six apps in the Market since launch while iOS developers have just over four apps published on average.The Android Market has been maintaining an exponential growth over recent months and while it is still in its infancy, compared to Apple App Store, the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market stood at...

By Verity Gough, 26 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Monetisation.

Expert advice: Creating, selling and marketing your killer app

Coming up with a killer idea for an app can be a mind bending process. Unfortunately, once you’ve done that, the hard work is only just beginning; you’re competing with millions of other killer ideas, both in apps stores and in the murky business of PR and marketing.

Luckily, we caught up with two guys who have been there and done it, numerous times, to ask them for some insight into the processes and key decisions behind creating successful apps.

Mark Sigal, co-founder and chief product officer at one of the...

By Matt Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation.

Android pips Apple to top of the apps

Apple has been ousted as the app download king thanks to the surge in popularity of Android handsets, according to reports.

App downloads on Google's Android operating system have overtaken those on Apple's devices after ABI Research found that Apple iOS made up 31 per cent of total app downloads in the second quarter of this year, while Android apps accounted for an impressive 44 per cent.

The figures may come as a surprise to many as Apple has long been the favourite choice for the smartphone...

By Verity Gough, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing.

RIM unveiled new BBX software for developers

Research in Motion is trying to rebuild its damaged reputation with the announcement of its new platform software, BBX, for Blackberry and Playbook.

The software will bridge the gap between the current operating system and its QNX platform, removing developer roadblocks in order to create applications easier.

Due to the increasing number of consumers that use smartphones and tablets, it hopes to bring more programmers in to build more apps for the platform.

It includes new tools, such as WebWorks, Adobe AIR/Flash and a...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

$100,000 up for grabs as Samsung launches Bada 2.0 Power App Race

Samsung has launched its global contest to find the most innovative and entertaining app using the bada 2.0 SDK.

Now in its second year, the competition offers the 10 best applications - five game applications and five non-game applications - prize money totaling $100,000.The winning applications will bear a Power App seal at Samsung Apps and receive exclusive marketing and promotion benefits. Kang-hyun Kwon, senior vice president of Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics said: "Since its launch, Samsung has improved...

By Verity Gough, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: bada, Development Tools, Gaming, Marketing, Monetisation, Samsung.