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.

Developers prefer iOS to Android for app projects

App developers still choose to work with iOS rather than Android, despite reports that Android’s marketshare has increased significantly during 2011.

New research by Flurry Analytics has found that three quarters of new developer projects were started on iOS rather than Android across the second half of this year.  This increased from 63% of new mobile app projects from earlier in the year.

Android only saw 37% of developers favouring the platform for projects. It has also seen a decline in...

By Dani Millward, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Android team takes developers to school with Android Training program

Dust off your Trapper Keeper and strap on those brand new sneakers, because Android school is now in session.

Yesterday, the Android Developers team announced the launch of Android Training — a set of online classes designed to help users create better apps.

The tutorials, available for free, provide aspiring devs with step-by-step instructions and tips on how to implement effective navigation tools, optimize battery life and solve other “common Android development problems.”

At the moment,...

By 3Squared, 16 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

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.

Malicious apps hit Android Market with hidden charges

Google has removed fraudulent apps from the Android Market, after hitting unexpected users with hidden charges.

The users who downloaded one of 22 apps were being charged for downloading apparently innocent services, including horoscopes and games. The apps were downloaded more than 10,000 times before removal.

The apps lured consumers to choose options within the apps that resulted in paying premium rates linked with SMS use. Those apps were presented as bogus apps based on popular games and movies, including Angry Birds, Twilight and Cut The Rope.

This brings up the discussion about 

By Dani Millward, 13 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Hacking, Security.

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.

HP to open-source webOS for developers

Hewlett Packard has announced it will open-source its mobile operating system, WebOS.

The webOS code will be available with an open-source license, enabling developers and engineers to work on enhancements within the marketplace and improve applications for next generation devices.

HP has said it plans to continue investing in and supporting webOS. The system offers multiplatform portability, along...

By Dani Millward, 12 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.

Australia’s high court lifts Samsung Galaxy Tab ban

Australia’s High Court has lifted a ban on the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy tablet in the country in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Apple won a ban on the devices, claiming Samsung had copied its iPhone and iPad.

South Korean Samsung had been unable to sell products in Australia since July.

The two companies are engaged in legal battles in more than 10 countries since April accusing each other of infringing smartphone and tablet patents.

Last month, Samsung won an appeal against a temporary...

By 3Squared, 09 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, Samsung.

RIM's BBX platform now named Blackberry 10

Blackberry 10 is the new name for Research In Motion Ltd’s new platform, after the previous name BBX was disputed.

This was announced during a developers conference in Singapore on Tuesday, nearly 2 months after the OS was first revealed.

A US federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on RIM using the BBX name, as it is trademarked by Basis International Ltd, a New Mexico...

By Dani Millward, 08 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Platforms.

Android passes 10 billion app milestone

Android users have now downloaded more than 10 billion apps, Google said on Tuesday.

The milestone was reached over the past weekend, the company said in a blog post, adding that it now had a growth rate of a billion app downloads per month.

By 3Squared, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores.

Yahoo Vs Google Plus

Google is the unanimously accoladed king of search, but now there are plans to take it's audience even higher with initial thoughts about acquiring Yahoo.

The ailing company Yahoo, still has a large presence on the net what with the likes of Yahoo answers being an often turned to source of information, however other parts of Yahoo are definitely ailing with Yahoo mail from Bt for example being increasingly hard to use compared to other services like gmail.

Google on the other hand is on the up and up, as you...

By Duwain Marnitz, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Top tips to develop a successful app for the consumer

Developers must create an emotional experience when making an app, according to a panel of industry experts at Apps World Europe on Monday.

Regular users are made if a connection is made between the app and the audience, if the app is suited to the target’s needs. However, it was agreed that this wasn’t the only reason behind building successful applications, and developers must be tuned in to other aspects involved with the consumer.

Grab their attention 

Andrew Ashe, MD of EuroTalk, advised developers to focus on the first 60 seconds of the user’s experience within an app, in order to keep them interested in your application. “If you’ve lost them in the first 60 seconds, you’ve lost them forever. Don’t think that you’ve got...

By Dani Millward, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Industry.

More open data required for future location apps

Large organisations like transport operators have a wealth of data that needs to be opened up to location app developers, according to Phillip Gontier, VP and GM of Poynt, an award winning local search app.

Speaking on a geo-location panel at Apps World Europe this week, Gontlier said he wanted to see a lot of organisations open their data up to developers.

Imagine what could be done ahead of the 2012 olympics if developers could get their hands on the information that Transport for London holds, he said....

By Matt Henkes, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Location, Marketing.

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.

Adobe promises Flash for Android Ice Cream Sandwich

The mobile version of Flash will get one last outing on the Android platform before it is discontinued, Adobe has said.

The company said Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, would get a version of Flash by the end of the year, according to a Pocket-lint report on Monday. That will be the last time Adobe releases any iteration of Flash for mobile, although it has promised to release critical bug fixes and security updates.

“Adobe will release one more version of the Flash Player for mobile browsing, which...

By 3Squared, 28 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Do we need a new 'web app' icon?

With some of the key players like Google, Apple and Adobe piling resources into the development of HTML5, the proliferation of web apps is hotly tipped to be one of the app development stories of 2012.

There are a number of arguments for and against this point of view. We’re still not yet in a world were a web app will generally perform with the same level of deeply integrated usability that a native app can offer users.

Though with rapid adoption of faster 4G LTE mobile networks just on the doorstep,...

By Matt Henkes, 25 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, HTML5.

Key players flirt with NFC mobile wallet

The number of key players flirting with NFC mobile wallet technology is approching critical mass, after a respected analyst predicted Apple would throw its hat into the ring next year, and RIM this week announced that it will partner with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to trial NFC mobile wallet technology in Europe.

While the technology is already widely used in Asia, adoption of NFC payments has been sluggish in the West while the industry struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many...

By Matt Henkes, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, BlackBerry, iOS, NFC.