Samsung TV apps reach 10 million downloads

Samsung Apps has hit the 10 million downloads mark after just five months in the market place.

The world’s first HDTV-based app store’s meteoric rise has seen it recently celebrate the milestone of 1000 registered applications and 10 million downloads.

Downloads have grown 100 percent just five months after reaching 5 million downloads in May 2011 and it currently has an average of 50,000 downloads per day—twice the number registered for May.

In addition, online video applications remained...

By Verity Gough, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

New tool to connect Smart TV with mobile launches

A new tool for software developers allowing them to create convergent apps that bring together Smart TVs and smart phones or tablets has been released.The MOVL Connect Platform, the latest offering from Atlanta-based technology company, MOVL, allows various devices to communicate in a shared experience and supports the creation of multi-user, multi-screen applications such as multiplayer games, second-screen TV experiences and interactive advertising.The tools can either be directly connected or hosted in the cloud. Direct Connect is...

By Verity Gough, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Design, Platforms.

Should app developers choose Android over Apple?

Developers are taking notice to the increasing number of Android app downloads, which could soon overtake Apple’s iOS system.

Both platforms will hold around 3.2bn downloads by June 2012, according to a report by download tracker Xyologic.

Apple are currently still in the lead to Android, with 1.45 billion downloads compared to Android’s 640 million last month.

This means that developers are now choosing to create apps...

By Dani Millward, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS.

iPhone 4S or wait for Android Ice Cream Sandwich?

With eighteen month contract-driven upgrades the norm now in the UK, it’s always a challenge to decide whether it’s the right time to pull the trigger on buying a new phone — or to wait for the next big thing.

With Apple’s anticlimactic introduction of the iPhone 4S on Friday, the big question for many phone owners is whether to grab one when it ships on Friday or wait for the expected Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) phones from Google’s partners.

In favour of the...

By 3Squared, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Devices, iOS.

New Blackberry service provides enhanced analytics for developers

Blackberry has released a new free Analytics service, to help app developers find out how their apps are being found and used.

Powered by webtrends, the Blackberry Analytics Service 1.0 is available for Java-based apps, enabling developers to get an insight into whether their app is being used the way they intended.

The reports it generates provide insight on how users are engaging with apps, allowing developers to enhance user experience in order to drive more downloads, learn how to market their apps more...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Monetisation.

New app uses brain waves to measure sleep quality

A new app has been developed that claims to be able to improve the user's quality of sleep.Sleep Manager by Zeo, works by using brainwaves to track the amount of time spent in different stages of sleep.The app works by synchronising with a soft-sensor headset measuring brain activity, eye movement and muscle tone in light, deep and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, as would happen in a medical sleep-analysis clinic. However the app is most likely to be for consumer use.“The thing about...

By Verity Gough, 11 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Industry.

Amazon Fire will Restrict In-App Purchasing

Developers of Android apps for the upcoming Kindle Fire will have to live within Amazon’s more closed idea of the Google mobile operating system.

Early indications are that Amazon will be carefully reviewing the apps that make it onto the Kindle Fire and will also ensure that it gets a piece from any revenue streams that come through the apps. While Fire will be running the Android OS, the Amazon interface will restrict users to apps within the company’s own apps store.

Late last week Amazon...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Monetisation.

iPad app instrument is featured in Bjork's new album

Bjork may be known for her 'out there' musicality as well as her unusual fashion sense but the Icelandic singer has gone a step further with her latest release which features an iPad app being played as an instrument.‘Biophillia', is available to download on the NPR website and the artist is inviting listeners to play the app on their own iPads.Bjork is also allowing all 10 tracks to be listened to on the website for free. Fans can then buy the whole album or opt to purchase specific tracks.While her music is often referred...

By Verity Gough, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Devices, iPad, Monetisation.

Android users spend more time in apps than browser

It seems Android app usage is really taking off with it’s users. It was thought iPhone users were the main hogger of app time but it seems their competitor is becoming more savvy.

A study from Nielsen shows that Android users spend about an hour a day using their phone for everything but talking – 56 minutes, to be exact. Of those minutes, 67% are spent in apps while 33% are spent inside the mobile’s web browser.

An interesting study to consider when making the choice between a native...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Some great statistics from the iPhone keynote..

Being one of the few companies that develop for Android, iPhone and Blackberry we’re constantly assisting companies with their business case and specifically the justification for targeting specific devices.

And typically when asked to assist in such a justification we often aim to back up our recommendations with statistics. Over the years we’ve gathered a huge amount of intelligence that is regularly used with our customers to best position their applications.

Information including download...

By 3Squared, 10 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple.

App downloads to hit 98 billion by 2015

Mobile application downloads are to continue their reign of popularity after a new study from analyst firm Berg Insight predicted that total app downloads in 2015 will reach 98 billion. The new study found that if this target is reached it means that the compound annual growth rate of downloads between 2010 and 2015 will be 56.6 percent.The research follows a study by In-Stat earlier this year which predicted that mobile app downloads will reach the far more modest figure of 48 billion by 2015, due mainly to the boom of touch-screen...

By Verity Gough, 09 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

YouTube launches UK online film rental service

YouTube has entered the UK movie rental market after it announced its move into online full-length feature film hire.The new library is stocked with over 1000 titles including box office smashes such as 'The Dark Knight', cult classics like 'Reservoir Dogs' and recent releases including 'Red Riding Hood.'The site has already piloted in the US having launched in May and was rolled out in Canda this September.For their money, users get a 48 hour viewing window and many films feature YouTube Movie Extras such as behind-the-scenes videos,...

By Verity Gough, 08 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Marketing.

The number of mobiles will exceed human beings by 2012

The machines are taking over: expert predicts that by the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people.

The current global population is currently around 7 billion, but according to Dr Mike Short, the uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) -...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry.

Steve Jobs dies, aged 56

Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56, following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.

Tributes have been pouring in for the Apple co-founder and visionary with President Barack Obama stating that Jobs was the embodiment of the American dream. Having announced his resignation on August 24, 2011, Jobs maintained a presence as chair of the Apple board, however, it appeared to signify the beginning of the end.

Early career

Steven Paul Jobs’ career has seen him take the Apple brand from a small computer...

By Verity Gough, 06 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS.

Google Buys Motorola - what does it mean for developers

I’m sure you heard by now that Google has announced its intention to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5BN in cash. What was the motivation behind such a large acquisition, and what does it mean for developers?

In their official press release, Google said “The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in...

By Kevin Miller, 19 August 2011, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry.

The Simplicity Paradox

By Mark Taoilinn

While speaking with a graphic designer friend of mine recently I was reminded how much work goes into making something look simple yet striking. 

Take the Apple iCloud logo for example. 

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The Apple iCloud Logo

Looking at it you would be forgiven for thinking “I could do that, I’ve been drawing clouds since kindergarden”.

When you examine the image in more detail you come to realize that there's a lot going on under the hood....

By Kevin Miller, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, iOS.

MobileApps.com aims for fairer deal for apps developers

Alvin Koay’s Singapore-based startup MobileApps.com aims to deliver a fairer deal to app developers, providing a pan-platform wholesale app market that allows them to bank more cash from each app that’s sold.

Hailed by some commentators as a ‘Robin Hood’ of the apps industry, MobileApps.com compares favourably to the main app stores in cash terms,...

By Six Degrees, 03 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

Android Jobs to Surpass iPhone jobs by end of 2012

Android may be the largest mobile platform in terms of units sold, but it has been clear for some time now that iOS still offers developers greater returns than Android (or indeed any other platform). iOS users download more apps and pay more for them than users of any other platform, including Android, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Of course selling apps directly to platform users is only one of the monetization options available for mobile app developers. Instead of selling apps in the...

By Kevin Miller, 28 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Adobe pulls plug on its app markets

Adobe has closed down its two app stores AIR Marketplace and InMarket, with apparently little explanation other than that it acted in response to developer feedback.

Developers who have published applications to the Intel AppUp centre, should receive an email from Intel in the next few days with important information on how you can continue to publish, track and sell your applications through the Intel AppUp center.

This should let you manage and view analytics for applications distributed through Intel...

By Matt Henkes, 27 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adobe, App Stores, iOS.

New private distribution options in WP7 Apps Hub update

Microsoft has announced the rollout of the anticipated update for WP7 Apps Hub, providing developers with a number of new features and private distribution options.

The Hub has been updated with new markets, distribution options and enhanced apps and account management capabilities. "Today we are officially announcing the rollout of the new App Hub developer portal with key new functionality, multiple enhancements and support for several new markets," said the firm on its developer blog.

“The...

By Matt Henkes, 21 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.