Girls Around Me devs hit back at stalker critics #BrandingFail

I-Free, the Russian dev house behind the “Girls Around Me” app has fired back at criticism that its app was simply a tool for weird men to ‘stalk’ women.

The app, which had been downloaded from Apple’s App Store over 70,000 times but has now been removed, mashed location data from Foursquare with public Facebook information to show users, presumably guys, which women had checked into local bars, providing their profile images and sometimes relationship status.

Foursquare has now...

By Matt Henkes, 03 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, App Stores, Development Tools, Marketing, Social media.

Have you joined the Application Developers Alliance?

The Application Developers Alliance (ADA) has announced a raft of new high profile board members, with individuals representing Google, RIM, AT&T and many others.

The ADA’s stated aim is to deliver services to developers and drive innovation and growth within the development industry. Founder and president John  Potter, formerly of the Digital Media Association, has promised services like online collaboration, training deals and cloud services.

Serious stuff like lobbying governments over issues like data...

By Matt Henkes, 02 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry.

Congress grills iOS devs following Path privacy backlash

In the latest aftershock from the Path affair, and the massive can of privacy worms it cracked open, a pair of US congressmen have written to a number of iOS developers and key figures posing a series of questions around how they implement and manage user privacy.

The Path case, where the app makers were accused of uploading users’ address books without their knowledge, sparked a wider inquiry into the gathering and use of personal information by apps.

Following the furore, house representatives Henry...

By Matt Henkes, 23 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Social media.

Microsoft shows how to port iPad apps to Windows 8

Microsoft is on a mission to woo iPad developers as it seeks to bolster its app ecosystem ahead of the launch of Windows 8.

Having learned a hard lesson with WP7 that the success or failure of a platform hinges on the availability of apps, the firm said that on high roller apps, it would pay 80% of app download revenue to developers.

“With successful apps on Windows, you'll make more money than the industry standard, earning 80% of every customer dollar, after an app makes more than $25,000...

By Matt Henkes, 22 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft.

Android engagement slips but devs give thumbs up to Google+

While romantics would tell you that it’s impossible to measure love in statistical terms, research released today revealed that developer passion for Android has waned by 10% in the last year.

Although a healthy majority of developers, 78.6%, still said they were interested in creating apps for the platform, the figure has slipped from 87% during the first quarter of 2011, according to industry analysts IDC and Appcelerator, marking an alarming swing for Google.

The reason? The huge number of disparate...

By Matt Henkes, 20 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, HTML5.

Late Google Play payment poses serious support questions

Google has apologised, albeit briefly, to Android developers who had to wait almost two weeks for late Google Checkout payments; but question marks have been raised over the company's developer support services.

Developers from around the world had complained on the Android forum that payment had not been received for apps that had been downloaded from Google Play in...

By Matt Henkes, 19 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

iPad launch: Improvement rather than innovation

The technology industry held its breath and prepared for something amazing last night as Apple unveiled what everyone has been referring to furtively as the iPad 3, but we’ve now learned is just, well, the new iPad.

It’s impossible not to wonder what Steve Jobs would have made of Apple’s latest effort to lead the tablet game. The launch proved to be a showcase of incremental improvements rather than the game changing innovations we'd come to expect from the company under his...

By Matt Henkes, 08 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices.

Opera: Choose web standards for web apps #mwc12

The debate over the use of web standards for web apps, and how developers explore deeper integration for such apps, has been covered throughout Mobile World Congress this week. Developer Tech met up with Andreas Bovens, Head of International Developer Relations at Opera Software, who believes that web standards are the sensible way to go.

With 160 million users worldwide, Opera is one of the main players in mobile web-browsing. It’s popularity is significant in...

By Matt Henkes, 29 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Languages.

WAC announces HTML5 carrier billing API #MWC12

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, WAC has announced a number of initiatives set to drive forward the adoption of HTML5 and, in the process, claw back some measure of control for its operator members from the over the top app services which have chipped away at their direct relationship with end users.

Announcing the launch of a new in app billing API designed around HTML5, WAC CEO Peters Suh said that the organisation wanted to remove the friction at both the OS...

By Matt Henkes, 28 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, HTML5, Monetisation.

Mozilla partners with Telefonica on new mobile web-OS #mwc12

Mozilla has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica on its new browser based mobile OS.

The first phones are expected to launch later this year, running on an Android kernel, with processes like calls, messaging and games run though the Firefox browser. Mozilla has also partnered with the processor manufacturer Qualcomm to build the hardware for the devices.

The technology behind Mozilla’s new phones enables the component price to be drastically reduced, said...

By Matt Henkes, 27 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, HTML5.

Android apps are too expensive, say analysts

Paid for apps available through Android Market are overpriced, according to industry analysts, to the extent that the pricing is upsetting the balance of the industry.

Canalys, the smart market insight specialist, reported that the top paid Android apps are dramatically more expensive that their Apple App Store equivalent. In the US, for instance, the top 100 iPhone apps would set you back $147, while the top 100 list on Android stings you for a whopping $374.37, an average of $3.74 per app.

The top 10 or 20...

By Matt Henkes, 24 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Monetisation.

PaymentOne releases HTML5 billing API

M-commerce specialist PaymentOne has released its new mobile API for html5 apps, enabling developers to monetise their web apps using direct billing in the same way they would with native apps.

The PayOne HTML5 API provides an HTML5-compliant Web-based payment flow for developers of mobile games and applications looking to monetize their offerings across all platforms and devices with a highly secure and frictionless "charge it to my mobile phone bill" payment...

By Matt Henkes, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: HTML5.

Mozilla's Boot to Gecko mobile OS needs developer support

Mobile World Congress kicks off next week, and Mozilla is expected to finally whip the shroud away from its long awaited foray into the world of mobile, Boot to Gecko, a new cloud-based mobile OS for Web apps.

The not-for-profit is hoping to mount a serious challenge to the dominance of Android, iOS, and to a lesser expent WP7; no mean feat to take on the heavyweights where others have failed, and the project faces serious challenges. Mozilla expects it to reach the product stage at some point in Q2 this year, that's...

By Matt Henkes, 20 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Cloud, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

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.

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.

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.

New Blackberry service provides enhanced analytics for developers

Blackberry has released a new free Analytics service, to help app developers find out how their apps are being found and used.

Powered by webtrends, the Blackberry Analytics Service 1.0 is available for Java-based apps, enabling developers to get an insight into whether their app is being used the way they intended.

The reports it generates provide insight on how users are engaging with apps, allowing developers to enhance user experience in order to drive more downloads, learn how to market their apps more...

By Matt Henkes, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, BlackBerry, Development Tools, Monetisation.