Android needs a human-approach to Play Store

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Popular theme developer "the1dynasty" has had his Google Play account terminated for failure to comply with the store's terms of use. Google's Play Store policy means developers cannot use "Android" or "Google" in their package or app names to prevent confusion between official apps which is the rule in which the apps in question fell foul to.

the1dynasty received a slap on the wrist...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Marketing.

Twitter wants to court back developers with Fabric

If you're a developer of applications which use Twitter's API, you'll be aware of the ecosystem crackdown which Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon said at the time was like “a drunk guy with an Uzi.”

Twitter is like a drunk guy with an uzi killing partners left and right. Expect investment in ecosystem to drop significantly.

— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) May 24, 2010

Dixon wasn't wrong, either. The "token limit" imposed...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Development Tools, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Windows 10: What features are we missing?

There are some features which were available in previous builds – and even shown on-stage at the enterprise-focused event earlier this week – which didn't make the Technical Preview of Windows 10 this week. In this article, we will take a look at those missing features…

Before we begin, we must remind readers the aim of the preview is to allow users to shape the ongoing development before the final version launches next year. We speculate Microsoft will release each “big” feature at...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Pebble provides the Gear for fitness apps

Kickstarter-success Pebble has grown from a plucky start-up to a device and platform which continues to compete with even the latest of the big players’ offerings. It’s an incredible feat, and it’s even more impressive when you consider the device first shipped in November last year.

Today the smartwatch-darling has dropped its price and boosted its abilities in activity tracking to become one of the best choices on the market for health enthusiasts. The device even manages to compete...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Microsoft's "early access" approach to Windows 9

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We don't even have its name yet, but we do have some idea of what to expect from the successor of the often-criticised Windows 8. Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, was quoted as saying the company needs to be "obsessive over customers" which is an ethos that appears to have hit its mark going by the rapid changes we are witnessing.

Had these users been able to help shape the OS before it launched; it wouldn't have had such a bad...

By Ryan Daws, 30 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, Microsoft, Testing.

Designing for Android Auto: What you need to know

One of the biggest battles for major platform holders will be for the automotive. Google announced at their I/O developer conference earlier this year that the tech giant has plans to outpace competitors with Android Auto; but it stalled on providing most of the vital details.

Now Google has released a design template for Android Auto which developers must use when creating apps for the car. (It's worth remembering at this point the "apps" function as extensions of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Learn from Google's mistakes! Avoid similar legal issues

You can't be a web giant as big as Google and be responsible for so much user data without running into a legal issue here and there. The company has already come under-fire for how it has implemented the "right to be forgotten" ruling, and has been asked to stop describing apps with in-app purchases as being free.

Now the Mountain View-based giant is coming under fire from the EU for how user data is combined across services without an opt-out. For example, your data is used across Gmail, YouTube, and Google...

By Ryan Daws, 26 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.

Metal: Apple may destroy OpenGL and boost DirectX 12

Steve Jobs once declared "thermonuclear war" on Android for claims of Google's operating system being a clone of Apple's own. Whilst Android has since forged its own path, and is often the first to adopt new technologies, iOS remains the most popular choice for game developers due to its great development tools and less fragmentation.

At this year's reveal of iOS 8 at WWDC, Apple introduced the 'Metal' graphics API which aims to bring low-level ("to the metal") access on devices touting an A7 processor or...

By Ryan Daws, 22 September 2014, 6 comments. Categories: Android, Ecosystem, Gaming, iOS, Platforms.

Project X/Y: Google is the "Think Different" company

Most people in the tech world will be aware of Apple's famous "Think Different" campaign for Mac which solidified their position as the rebel alternative to the PC. It is a slogan and ethos which has carried on throughout the company's products and allowed them to become one of the world's most beloved brands.

A growing percentage, however, believe that in recent years Apple has allowed other companies to innovate and then take a step back and look at a different approach. It's...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Platforms.

Culture-shift: Rise of the female gamer

The culture of games being associated with young, male, teenage gamers has been shifting. In fact, for the first time, female gamers now outnumber males according to a major study carried out by an independent research agency.

Populus' study was conducted on behalf of the Internet Advertising Bureau and found that 52% of people who have played some form of video game in the last six months were female, up from 49% three years ago, and pushing women players into the majority.

"GamerGate" was a recent debate...

By Ryan Daws, 17 September 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry, Platforms.

Chromebooks now run Android apps without porting

Android is everywhere; whether it's your phone, your tablet, your console, or even your fridge. Where it hasn't been, at least without third-party software such as BlueStacks, is your PC. Back in June, Google promised it would be bringing support (finally!) for Android apps on Chromebooks.

On Thursday, the web giant made good on its promise and launched the first set of these apps for Chrome OS. These initial apps included; Duolingo, Evernote, children's reading app Sight...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Android KitKat is now on a quarter of active devices

Dear Apple fans, please refrain from comments about the amount of devices your latest OS is running on. I'm joking, go ahead. Even as an Android fan I have to admit that the small percentage of those running Google's latest wonder is frustrating; but it's growing.

The latest iteration of Android, KitKat, has now reached a quarter of active devices according to Google's latest platform version marketshare numbers. This is impressive considering the sheer amount and variety of devices which ship with Android...

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms.

Apple Watch: Time for a new breed of gaming

What if the Apple Watch could be used to improve in-game experiences? It's certainly possible since Cupertino's entry into the wearables market is already packing useful sensors for game developers. It could, quite literally, be a game-changing wearable.

In fact, two internal research and development teams over at Electronic Arts are already examining the possibility of utilising Apple's smartwatch for gaming. Frank Gibeau, an executive who oversees EA's mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, iOS.

Opinion: Windows-as-a-Service could lift Microsoft's curse

Microsoft is cursed. It's a well-known industry joke that "every other" release of Windows hits the sweet spot. Just think; Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8... Which of these releases were happily-adopted by consumers? Or in the case of Windows 8, adopted at all?

At the end of this month Microsoft is set to release a preview version of the next version of Windows. Some people are calling it Windows 9, others are just calling it Windows. The reason for this is Microsoft is likely to turn their...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple updates developer rules ahead of iOS 8 launch

Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has updated its rules for developers ahead of iOS 8's public launch which is expected next week. An event is scheduled for September 9 where brand-new iPhones on which to tout the vastly improved OS are also expected.

The official App Store Review Guidelines provides developers with guidance on meeting the requirements for iOS 8 applications to prevent Apple's infamous rejections. Below we will include the full...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: Let's go on an adventure where everyone is invited… #GamerGate

The gaming community is at war, and this time it's not the usual Xbox vs PlayStation battle. Instead, it is touching on the much more important (and sensitive) issue of diversity. The lack of non-white and non-male protagonists in video games is one of the most highlighted concerns to rights campaigners, but it should be for gamers everywhere, as it results in a lack of choice and new experiences which makes playing games so brilliant and immersive.

For some background,

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Industry.

PlayFab gains $2.5m to become the BaaS for your games' needs

As if developing a game wasn't hard enough, the pressure to have online components is increasing which means a whole other set of skills to learn and extra valuable time spent to ensure everything is ticking along as it should. If you're backed by a publisher with profits closing-in on $1 billion like EA, then you can probably swing getting someone else to set-up the infrastructure for you. If this isn't the case, then your best bet is to look at a third-party.

Even for large studios, creating multiplayer servers,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Uber launches API to drive economy-sharing apps

Taxi service Uber has launched its long-rumoured API to integrate its real-world services into third party apps. It launches in cahoots with 11 partners including OpenTable and Starbucks to prove it can be a natural addition to certain applications. The Uber API launch could mean more for the app industry as a whole, however, rather than simply a potential boost to their own profits...

For Uber, the introduction of their API means their service gets out to lots of potential...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Monetisation, Platforms.