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: Adobe, 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.

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.