What do you need to be a developer? [infographic]

Last year the average salary for software application developers was around $89,000.

Make no mistake; if you’re a skilled developer, you’re in high demand right now. And that demand looks set to continue well into 2013 and beyond, with enterprise appetite for mobilisation increasing and the consumer hunger for apps growing unabated.

Fortunately, the coffee and cigarettes are only optional tools of the trade, but what do you need to get into the game properly?

By Matt Henkes, 28 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Careers.

Deutsche Telekom wants your M2M app dev skills

Deutsche Telekom has launched a new developer portal for devs specialising in M2M communication, ‘the internet of things’.

The new community, part of the company’s existing Developer Garden initiative, offers a number of useful tools, APIs and SDKs, which it says will ‘quickly and easily’ allow developers to build and sell M2M applications.

Enmeshing everyday systems and appliances into the internet of things is seen as a natural...

By Matt Henkes, 08 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Enterprise, Industry.

What's getting devs all excited about Windows 8?

Windows 8 appears to have gone down very well with enterprise app developers, according to a new piece of research from IDC and Appcelerator.

In its latest quarterly study, Appcelerator reported that almost a third of developers said they were interested in creating apps for Windows 8 in the near future; interesting numbers for a product not yet even commercially available.

Over 43% of respondents described Microsoft’s new Metro...

By Matt Henkes, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platforms.

How well does RIM treat its developers?

RIM’s VP of developer relations has leapt on reports that Blackberry is ‘bleeding developers’, insisting that the story holds very little resemblance to reality, and that, in fact, feedback suggests that RIM treats its developers better than anyone else.

On Friday, AllThingsD cited a report from Baird equity Research, claiming that developer support for embattled Blackberry platforms was at a ‘new low’, “31% of...

By Matt Henkes, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools.

Google Play lets developers reply to user feedback

User comments can be a powerful force for both good and evil within app stores, and Google Play is now experimenting with giving developers the ability to respond to user comments.

The functionality is already available for developers with a ‘Top Developer Badge’, hand-picked by the Google Play team, allowing them to respond to user feedback directly from within the Google Play console.

Google will notify users when a developer has responded to their comment, and will also be able to contact the...

By Matt Henkes, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Facebook launches monthly app subscription billing

Facebook is introducing subscription billing for apps in a move that should boost the revenues of game and app developers, as well as adding to its own coffers via a 30% cut.

From July, developers will be able to implement subscription plans, offering updated content and a premium experience for their most loyal, fee paying users, establishing a recurring revenue stream on top of the already existing one-time payments.

The least developers can charge for a monthly subscription will be $1.

“This new feature will be available to all Facebook.com and mobile web...

By Matt Henkes, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Facebook, Monetisation, Social media.

Gamers demand consistent platform-independent experience

A leading online games developer has announced a new focus on mobile and cross-platform gaming, as users demand more platform-independent gaming experiences.

InnoGames, maker of the popular Tribal Wars and Grepolis games, said that cross-platform gaming was a key strategic goal for the future.

“Gamers desire continuous and platform-independent gaming fun with a high long term motivation and an over average...

By Matt Henkes, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming.

iPad dominates tablet video consumption

Almost all of the online videos watched on tablets were on iPads in the last quarter, according to a new report.

Digital TV specialist Oolaya’s quarterly Global Online Video Index report found that 88% of videos watched on connected devices were viewed on TVs and games consoles, up from 57% in the previous quarter.

Tablet viewing was dominated by iPad. In fact, since the launch of the latest iPad, the amount of video watched on tablets has increased by a quarter. “iPads presently account for 95%...

By Matt Henkes, 01 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, iPad.

What are you expecting from WWDC 2012?

Apple has revealed the schedule for its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco next month, but said nothing about whether we can expect any old-school Apple proeduct launch magic...

Exact details are sketchy at best, with the company remaining tight-lipped on who will be on stage or what will be announced or discussed. Though speculation has been rife that the conference might get to slap eyes on the new iPhone, and the company has launched iPhones at...

By Matt Henkes, 29 May 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools.

Most smartphone users too tight to pay for apps

The meteoric rise in the popularity of apps has not translated into spending behaviour with users, new research has confirmed.

Over 70% of smartphone users spend little or nothing on mobile apps, according to US analyst firm ABI Research, with the top-spending 3% of users generating 20% of app revenue.

Among these paying users, the mean spend was $14 per month. However, the median amount among the consumers who spend money on apps is much lower than that average, just $7.50 per month.

“This reflects the...

By Matt Henkes, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Tapjoy launches $5m Asian developer support fund

Tapjoy, the mobile monetisation and ad platform has announced a $5m fund aimed at supporting developers throughout Asia creating and marketing free-to-play Android and iOS gaming apps.

The Tapjoy Asia Fund will offer cash, advice and marketing support to both new and established developers.

The scheme offers access to working capital, access to Tapjoy’s ad platform and the use of advertising marketplace, both for monetisation and user acquisition....

By Matt Henkes, 14 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Reaching the next level of HTML5 [infographic]

In this infographic, IDC notes that 79% of surveyed mobile app developers plan to integrate HTML5 in the apps they will launch in 2012; there will be more than 1 billion HTML5 mobile browsers in the market in 2013; and over 80% of all mobile apps will be wholly or in part based upon HTML5 by 2015.

This infographic is anticipated to be the first in a series of updates that sets mobile HTML5 development in the broader context of the Core Mobile Web Platform Community (Coremob), a forum for the global mobile...

By Matt Henkes, 11 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5.

Facebook shoulders its way into mobile with "App Center"

Facebook’s flirtations with the world of social mobile web stepped up a gear this week with the launch of its own app store, offering tasty promotional opportunities for developers, and complete with guidelines and a rating system that will see poor quality apps delisted.

The App Center, as it will be called, will list social apps that utilise the social network’s own login feature, listing iOS and Android, as well as HTML5 browser apps; sending...

By Matt Henkes, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, HTML5, iOS, Social media.

'Stripped down' Blackberry 10 prototypes handed to developers

RIM’s new hot-seat occupant, CEO Thorsten Heins, has unveiled prototypes of the company’s new platform reboot Blackberry OS 10, complete with prototype handset at the Blackberry World conference in Florida this week.

Around 2000 attendees were given Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha handsets, not intended for consumer release, but for developers to test drive their Blackberry 10 apps. The company has also released its new Blackberry 10 developer toolkit.

The toolkit...

By Matt Henkes, 02 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Access rich media ad revenues with Adfonic SDK 2.0

The mobile advertising specialist Adfonic has announced the availability of its new SDK 2.0 for Android and iOS, allowing developers and mobile marketers to take advantage of its latest range of video and rich media mobile ad options.

The newly available SDK is compliant with the IAB’s MRAID (Mobile Rich Media Ad Interface Definitions) standard, a common API for mobile rich media ads that run in mobile apps.  MRAID aims to reduce the complexity of running rich media campaigns by establishing a...

By Matt Henkes, 26 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Development Tools.

Titanium 2.0: Ready-to-use cloud tools for mobile devs

Appcelerator has launched the latest version of its Titanium platform, including access to its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS), a suite of ready-to-use cloud tools that allow developers to integrate and deploy cloud-connected apps more easily.

Supporting Objective-C, Java, PhoneGap, Sencha and HTML5 technologies, Titanium 2.0 offers mobile devs the ability to integrate 15 cloud different options like push notifications, authentication, photo sharing and ratings systems, without having to write server...

By Matt Henkes, 18 April 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Betfair opens its sports betting API to developers

Online bookmaker Betfair has launched “App Cloud”, opening up its API to allow developers to create their own betting apps and online widgets by hooking in to its lucrative Betfair sports exchange platform.

Iconic soccer club Manchester United has been the first to go live with the system, offering visitors to its website the opportunity to register with Betfair and place bets seamlessly from within the site.

Currently, third party interfaces operating off...

By Matt Henkes, 17 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Platforms.

Chelsea Apps Factory: Huge market for enterprise apps

The market for enterprise apps is huge, and we’re still only in the foothills of the industry’s development, according to the founder and CEO of Chelsea Apps Factory (CAF) Mike Anderson.

Having already delivered high profile enterprise and consumer apps for companies including RBS, Vodafone, CNBC and Robert Walters and Deloitte Digital, the apps consultancy and development house has announced a number of key appointments.  

Mike Altendorf, founder of...

By Matt Henkes, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise.

Will Amazon's in-app purchasing API entice developers?

Amazon has rolled out its in-app purchasing API and subscription functionality for Kindle Fire and Android developers.

The new API will allow developers to offer digital content and subscriptions--such as in-game currency, expansion packs, upgrades, and magazine issues--for purchase within apps. Amazon will take a classic 30% cut of revenues.

The announcement will be welcomed by developers who, a year after the launch of Amazon App Store which runs on the new Kindle Fire and Android devices, have found...

By Matt Henkes, 10 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Monetisation.

Samsung launches its own mobile ad exchange

Samsung is to launch its own mobile ad exchange to rival similar offerings from Google and Apple.

The Korean device manufacturer announced a partnership with OpenX Technologies, to launch Samsung AdHub Market later this year. The move is an expansion of Samsung’s recent push to enable AdHub advertising on its smart TV devices, allowing marketers to deliver targeted interactive content like video and 3D.

With the OpenX partnership, Samsung AdHub is expanding its capabilities to include an integrated RTB...

By Matt Henkes, 04 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Samsung.