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: 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.

RIM developer issues resolved but resentment lingers

RIM developers will be aware of the problems with the company’s code signing-in servers that made development next to impossible for several days last week.

The company has now apologised for the downtime and assured developers that the problem has now been resolved.

Blogging on Friday last week, RIM developer relations chief Tyler Lessard said that the problem had been caused by abnormal diagnostic activity disrupting the signing process. The issue has been resolved, he said, and service levels were...

By Matt Henkes, 19 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools.

Location, Location, Location

It’s amazing how many companies won’t do business with you because you’re not in the same city, town or region. Despite the advancements in technology and travel it’s still peoples preference to have a supplier close to them.

But does having a supplier in the same town actually mean you get to see them, in person more often? I’d really like to see the stats on this as I bet this isn’t the case.

Our account managers travel the length and breadth of the country offering...

By 3Squared, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Location.

Apple users buying 61% more apps, paying 14% more per app

Apple’s business model is increasingly dependent on the health of its App Store, the rich breeding ground of the company’s software ecosystem, and a report to clients issued Monday by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster suggests that the ecosystem’s vital...

By 3Squared, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS.

WP7 Marketplace passes 25,000 apps

The number of apps available on the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace now exceeds 25,000, according to WindowsPhoneAppList.

While this number is currently no challenge currently to the market leaders, it is impressive given that WP7 devices are still mostly in their infancy.

A new line of swanky Nokia Windows phones may still be over the horizon, but the fact that the platform appears to be gaining ground, however slowly, on the likes of Android and iOS may raise a few eyebrows.

Microsoft has been actively promoting its platform...

By Matt Henkes, 05 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

Windows Phone 7 developers get a taste of mango

Microsoft has granted developers an advanced look at the new Mango version of its Windows Phone operating system ahead of a wider public release.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that registered developers in 23 countries were offered the chance to update their handsets to a beta version of the system.

Those wishing to develop apps for the Mango build 7661 will first have to update their software development kit (SDK) to Windows Phone SDK 7.1 Beta 2.

Developers...

By Matt Henkes, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Microsoft.

Relief as Apple moves to defend developers in IP row

Apple has responded to a lawsuit filed against a number of developers by patent holder Lodsys, arguing that they are protected under the company’s license, and that pursuing them in this way would adversely affect Apple’s business.

Applying for permission to intervene in the cases brought by the IP organisation earlier this month, Apple reiterated its view that developers were covered by an existing licence.

"The license expressly permits Apple to offer and otherwise make available to its...

By Matt Henkes, 13 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, iOS, IP.

Microsoft adds Android to its API mapping tool

Microsoft has added Android support to its API mapping tool, just two months after it introduced a similar tool to help developers port iPhone apps top windows Phone 7.

With around 20,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace, Microsoft hopes to coax developers into leveraging their existing skills in Android and iOS to build WP7 apps.

The company has published a specialised Windows Phone 7...

By Matt Henkes, 10 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Apple updates demonstrate developers' need for innovation

Many independent developers have been left sweating by a number of the features set to be included in Apple’s new MAC and iPhone operating systems.

At WWDC this month, the organisation announced a raft of changes to the Safari browser, alongside its new iCloud suite and a number of new native apps like iMessage, moving it into direct competition with numerous companies of all sizes.

Companies including RIM, with its BlackBerry Messenger app, and the online storage service DropBox, will be viewing...

By Matt Henkes, 09 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, iOS.

Sky launches developer academy

Broadcasting giant Sky has launched its own developer ‘academy’ to research development of mobile and web apps.

The company is looking for software developers who are getting started in their career, to start work in September. Training will combine technical skills development with hands-on work around a number of projects across the business.

“For anyone looking to embark on a career in this industry it’s a great opportunity to access on the job training and a chance to work on ...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Careers, Development Tools.

Developer programme and SDK for sense from HTC

HTC has thrown its hat into the ring of handset manufacturers looking to tempt developers into creating apps specifically for its devices, announcing its plans for a developer programme to be launched alongside as SDK for its Sense user interface.

The firm says that www.HTCdev.com will launch this summer, featuring access to an extensive extensive resource library of tutorials, best practices, documentation and support.

A user feedback channel will also be included, said HTC, “for ongoing investments and...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, HTC.

Apple's WWDC 2011 Keynote speech published online

We’ve all seen the big announcements from Apple’s WWDC in California this month, The new OS X Lion with over 250 new features, highlights of the new iOS 5 and the replacement of MobileMe with iCloud, but Apple have helpfully just posted the event’s keynote address in full on their main website.

A thin but typically enthusiastic Steve Jobs received raucous cheers as he took the stage, and with the help of a number of Apple...

By Matt Henkes, 08 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, iOS.

iOS developers served lawsuits over IP infringement

A number of iOS developers in the US have been hit with lawsuits alleging patent infringement over Apple’s in-app purchasing features for Apps Store software.

Following a threat which gave developers 21 days to secure licenses for the sue of what it claims is patented software, Lodsys has now filed the lawsuit this week the U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, a district known for providing a favourable outcome for patent holders.

The claim concerns the firm’s US patent for,...

By Matt Henkes, 06 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS.