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.

Facebook opens HTML5 Resource Centre for developers

Developers now have access to Facebook's HTML5 Resource Centre in order to assist them in developing HTML5 compatible web apps.

The social networking site is keen to promote and support HTML5 development and, in addition to the Resource Centre, has created a HTML5 Blog and Developer Group.

Writing in a post on the new HTML Blog, Facebook engineer Matt Kelly said: "Today we are releasing three new HTML5 resources to help developers learn from our experience and the experience of other industry leaders building...

By Verity Gough, 22 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Freeview goes mobile with new apps for iPad and Android

Digital TV service Freeview has announced the release of a new app for both Android and iPad as well as an update for the iPad app.

Viewers will be able to access TV listings for each Freeview channel as well as enable watch-list sharing through social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as email. An additional social media feature that is also included allows users to see which programmes are trending on Twitter. Reminders for favourite shows can also be set up and viewed offline,...

By Verity Gough, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iPad, Platforms, Social media.

Bob the Builder: Coming soon to a mobile near you

Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder might be more at home on the TV screen but thanks to a new partnership between HiT Entertainment and P2 Games, they are set to branch out into the mobile apps market.P2 Games, who recently launched apps for Peppa Pig and Postman Pat, will release mobile games featuring Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder due to release in time for Christmas. Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad will initially have first dibs but the apps will be rolled out to Android devices at a later date.The apps will target pre-school children with...

By Verity Gough, 19 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Marketing, Monetisation.

Will RIM meet app developers' expectations?

RIM has promised to impress developers with its next-generation Blackberry and software.

With the firm’s developers’ conference happening today, RIM is expected to showcase prototypes of its next Blackberry, which will run off a new updated version of the operating system QNX. RIM may also release a software upgrade for their PlayBook tablet.

RIM co-chief executive, Jim Balsillie, said: "You're going to see a number of things that are really catapulting [the] application and...

By Dani Millward, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices.

Consumers fear 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to hackers

Consumers fear phone hackers will crack mobile wallets, according to the findings of a new study.

The research, by Intersperience, revealed that while just 17% of Britons are ready to use their phones to make purchases, the fear that use of 'wave and pay' apps will leave them open to increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Of the people polled, nearly half said that 'security concerns' were their number one fear while 24% said using a mobile for payment "feels less secure but I don't know why", and a...

By Verity Gough, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Hacking, Security.

Samsung ChatOn app launches on Android

Samsung's free ChatOn Android app is now available in the Android Market however users are already complaining they are unable to get verification codes.

The new app, which supports both one-on-one and group chatting, is Samsung's rival to RIM's Blackberry Messenger and Apple's iMessage. Samsung promises the app will eventually be compatible with all mobile phones and computers that are using a web client and is currently available in 120 countries and comes in 62 different languages.

However new users are...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Samsung.

Google VoIP is pulled from iPhone App Store

Google’s VoIP app has been removed from the iPhone App Store after reports of crashing within the new version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 5.

According to reports, the reason for the crashes, as well as which smartphones and operating systems are more prone to problems, is still unclear.

In an interview with Engadget, senior product manager for Google Voice, Vincent Paquet added: "Our last update of this week had a bug that caused the app to crash at sign in. We removed it so it did not...

By Verity Gough, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, iOS.

Google Android's 190 million devices turn to ice cream

Google’s Android now has 190 million activated devices around the world.

The next version of Android OS, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, is designed to join smartphones and tablets together. The system may be out by the end of the year.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: “I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Monetisation.

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.