Java named most popular programming language, but for how long?

Java has been named the most popular programming language, but its competitors are now slowly creeping up to take the top spot.

The language is used by 17.05% of developers, slightly lower than last year’s percentage where 18.48% chose to use the language.  C came a close second in the running with 16.52%.

C# and C++ were also high up in developer choice, with 8.65% and 7.85% respectively. However, a big difference can be seen with Objective-C and PHP.

Objective-C is gaining popularity since being...

By Dani Millward, 08 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Java, Languages.

Developers get design help from Android, thanks to new style guide

Google has launched a new website to help developers improve the look of applications for Android.

The Android Design Style Guide is an aid for developers to learn more information about how to optimise the design of applications in order to make the most of the latest OS Ice Cream Sandwich’s enhanced UI framework and styles.

Developers can adapt their apps for different devices, alongside ensuring apps work on newer versions of the...

By Dani Millward, 13 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

App developers earn more with Apple than Android

Apple has brought in the most money that is spent on applications, despite Android grabbing over half of smartphone market share.

This is according to a report by Piper Jaffrey, which found Apple's iOS hitting between 85-90% in gross revenue, compared to Google's Android that reached 7% out of the amount that App Store took since its release.

Over $3.4 billion was earned by...

By Dani Millward, 23 November 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Analytics, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

Samsung's Google TV could arrive next year

Samsung Electronics is in the last stage of talks with Google Inc to launch a new Google TV device, which could happen next year.

The collaboration began early this year, which joins Sony Corp’s TV models and Logitech International’s set-top boxes that already run the Google TV software. However, it's currently unknown how the Samsung device will stand out from others.

President of Samsung’s TV...

By Dani Millward, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Samsung.

Windows Phone Marketplace gains interest as it hits 40,000 app mark

Over 40,000 applications have been submitted into Microsoft's Windows Phone Marketplace, with 10,000 coming from different publishers, according to unofficial figures.

The blog, All About Windows Phone, estimated that two thirds of submissions were free apps, with 23% being paid. Apps taht offer a free trial before payment covers 9% of the store. On average, 165 apps are added into the app store every day.

Research also found that the app store could reach the 50,000 mark during the second or third week of January next year. If the rate grows further, the figure could be met by the end of the year.

This shows that developer and...

By Dani Millward, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Amazon 'Kindle Phone' could be released in late 2012

Amazon may develop its own smartphone after the recent success of its Kindle devices, which could be launched by 2012.

According to a report by research firm Citigroup, Amazon have asked Taipei-based company, Foxconn, to help make the smartphone. Foxconn has previously working with Apple to develop its iPhone device.

The smartphone will use Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor, which is also used for the Kindle Fire tablet, it's been...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Devices, Industry.

Stanford University make app development course available for free

Stanford University has released its mobile app development course online for free, giving developers an opportunity to learn more about Apple's iOS outside the classroom.

A series of lectures, slides and videos, from its iPad and iPhone Application Development (CS193P) course, are available to download from iTunes U.

The US institution has posted six lectures lasting an hour each,...

By Dani Millward, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, iOS, iPad.

Will RIM win back developers?

Alec Saunders is RIM’s new Head of Developer Relations. With RIM getting a lot of negative coverage recently, it’s Saunders’ job to set out his vision for the future of developer relations and talk developers round into not giving up on the firm.

Talking to the Inside Blackberry Developer’s Blog, Saunders said:”There’s no reason why developers shouldn’t be able to make a great living just by serving

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Industry.

TV apps - who's going to benefit from them?

While we haven’t really yet seen the TV Apps trend take off into the stratosphere like we’ve been expecting, there’s little doubt in the industry that when connected TV hits the mainstream, it’s going to usher in a seismic industry shakeup.

Developer Tech spoke to Andy Eardley, director of the international TV app development specialist company, The TV App Agency, in...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Marketing, Monetisation, Platforms.

No more Adobe Flash Player plug-in?

Adobe Systems will stop the development of its Flash Player browser plug-in for mobiles, according to a report.

ZDNet.com revealed the upcoming announcement from the software developer, after sources were briefed on its future development plans by an email.

The email stated: “Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player...

By Dani Millward, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Gaming.