Categories
mobile development mobile news

5 reasons mobile fragmentation is actually good for app developers

1. Big fish, small pond

50 million apps today, stand out in the crowd!

2. Mobile is really, really, really big

There are currently almost 6 billion people who have mobile phones. According to the article that means there’s alto of app buyers!

3. Ready, Fire, Aim

Choosing your target market is as important as building your game, utility, or widget. And diversity in the mobile marketplace means you have options.

4. Money, money, money

Platform choices also provide space for easy monetization experiments.

5. Think different

What can you do on one platform that is totally impossible on another? That’s a potential niche to attack.

 

 

Read More at :http://venturebeat.com/2012/04/16/5-reasons-mobile-fragmentation-is-actually-good-for-app-developers/

Categories
iOS iPad iPhone mobile development mobile news

Mobile apps can feature ready-to-use cloud services

iOS, Android and Web apps call out to hosted features

Cloud-based app features and services now can quickly be included in mobile apps, with an improved toolset from Appcelorator. The vendor’s Titanium 2.0 release offers to mobile developers a range of cloud services like push notification or photo sharing without having to write sever-based code. Instead, the new release lets them set up connections to Appcelerator’s hosted services for their apps, from any of several popular development language or tools, including Objective-C, HTML5 and tool kits from PhoneGap and Sencha.

 

The new Appcelerator Cloud Services are intended to extend Titanium with an array of desirable, ready-to-use “connected features” that can be quickly rolled into mobile apps without requiring developers to code or maintain a back-end infrastructure, according to Jo Ann Buckner, vice president of product management for Mountain View, Calif.-based Appcelerator.

 

Read more at: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/041712-appcelerator-258374.html

Categories
mobile news

SAP Drives Openness And Choice For Millions of Mobile App Developers

Collaboration With Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha Instantly Enables Millions of Mobile Developers Around the Globe to Innovate on the SAP® Mobile Platform…

By collaborating with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, SAP will enable millions of developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architectures — from native to hybrid Web container to mobile Web. Developers will be able to do so while leveraging an industry-leading enterprise mobile application platform from SAP.

“To create innovative mobile apps, every company must leverage the creativity and capabilities of in-house developers and millions of developers in the wider mobile ecosystem,” said Poonen. “With our ‘Mobile 2.0’ strategy, we are opening up our unified platform to capture all the innovation that is possible in the mobile world. This advances our vision to bring consumer grade usability and innovation to unwired businesses.”

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sap-drives-openness-and-choice-for-millions-of-mobile-app-developers-2012-04-10

Categories
mobile news

Designing a Mobile App? Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes

1. Don’t Begin Wireframes or Designs Without a Flowmap

2. Don’t Disregard the Development Budget

3. Don’t Start With Low Resolutions & Avoid Bitmaps

4. Don’t Undersize The Hit Area

5. Don’t Gratuitously Use Intro Animations

6. Don’t Leave Users Hanging

7. Don’t Blindly Copy Style From Other Operating Systems

8. Don’t Overstuff Pixel-Dense Screens

9. Don’t Assume Everyone Will Use Your App The Same Way You Do

10. Don’t Forget About Gestures, But Don’t Abuse Them Either

 

Read More at: http://mashable.com/2012/04/11/mobile-app-design-tips/

Categories
mobile development

CDN Mobile Solutions Launches Its Blackberry App “Personal translator” in Blackberry App World

As a part of its enduring strategy to provide customers with the best, CDN Mobile Solutions is ready with its blackberry application “personal translator” version 2.5.0 in the blackberry market.

Personal Translator is an application that translates your written words into another language and reads it aloud. It translates the words and phrases between various languages including Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. The app detects the language in your phone and then converts it into the one in which you want.

Users can buy all the 20 language kits with 25% discounts or even specific language kit like Chinese, Cezch, European Dutch, etc. at the available price of $1.99.

Read More at: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/04/08/cdn-mobile-solutions-launches-its-blackberry-app-%E2%80%9Cpersonal-translator%E2%80%9D-blackberry-app-wor

Categories
Android iOS mobile development

Microsoft’s struggles with mobile apps

Nowadays, smartphones are all about apps. And Microsoft is so determined to have lots of brand-name apps for its Windows Phone app store that it’s willing to pay for them.

All an app-maker has to do is sign on the dotted line.

After years of struggling in the phone market, Microsoft teamed up with Nokia last year to challenge the dominance of Apple and Google, which makes the Android operating system. The latest fruit of their collaboration is a gleaming machine called the Lumia 900, which went on sale in the United States on Sunday and is considered to be the first true test of how well the partnership will fare.

But the hundreds of thousands of apps that run on Apple and Android devices will not work on phones like the Lumia 900 that use Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. And many developers are reluctant to funnel time and money into apps for what is still a small and unproven market. So Microsoft has come up with incentives, like plying developers with free phones and promising prime spots in its app store and in Windows Phone advertising.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/smartphone-apps/microsofts-struggles-with-mobile-apps-20120408-1wiyu.html

Categories
Android iOS

Army Aids Wounded Warriors With Mobile App

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released a mobile application to help wounded soldiers and their families access information that can assist in their recovery and return to U.S. civilian life. The app is based on a guide for wounded soldiers the department released in November, according to the DOD. “The Wounded, Ill, and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook” is a resource for injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan to help them readjust to life away from the battlefield and find the medical, benefits, and other support they need in the United States.

 

Check it out at:

http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/mobile/232800037

Categories
Android iOS mobile development

How to Avoid the Common Pitfalls of Mobile App Development

Mobile development has come a long way in the past few years. But as technology continues to introduce new and more innovating products at a rapid pace, there’s room for many developers to make huge mistakes along the way — ones that could jeopardize their product or even their entire business.

A common issue developers run into is deciding which operating system to run first: Android or iOS. Developers should think about the audience the app is meant for when making a decision.

“Test your app outside of your office. If your app has anything to do with receiving information remotely, test it in different places around the city: in subways, in a lot of different conditions. Just make sure your developers get outside of their offices.”

Read More at:

http://mashable.com/2012/03/28/mobile-app-development-advice/

Categories
iOS mobile development mobile news

Telerik’s Kendo UI Expands to Support Mobile App Development

HTML5/JavaScript framework by Telerik offers everything developers need for development of advanced mobile apps on iOS, Android and new Blackberry platform

Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software applicationlifecycle and content management solutions, announces the next major release of Kendo UI Complete, a collection of Web, DataViz and Mobile tools targeted at professional software developers providing everything needed for front-end development with JavaScript and HTML5 for sites and mobile apps.

“With this major release of Kendo UI we are taking a huge step towards simplifying mobile app development with HTML and JavaScript,” said Todd Anglin, Vice President, HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools. “We have officially introduced Kendo UI Mobile, which provides mobile UI widgets that automatically adapt to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android, and BlackBerry devices. It’s the fastest way to build a mobile app that can reach the biggest audience.”

Read More At: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/teleriks-kendo-ui-expands-to-support-mobile-app-development-2012-03-22

Categories
Android

Mobile app developers see Google+ on the rise

Still, surveys show fewer want to build apps for Android

“It might be expected that Facebook would be vastly more important to social strategies [for mobile developers] than Google,” the authors wrote. “However mobile app developers see the world differently, with potentially significant impacts to how social plays out in the mobile space, especially for the next billion social users.”

A social graph is a term of art that refers to the global mapping of people and how they are related. The new survey found that many mobile developers simply don’t understand Facebook’s social graph and are struggling to leverage it in their app development.

Read More At: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9225360/Mobile_app_developers_see_Google_on_the_rise

Categories
Android iOS iPad iPhone mobile development mobile news

Mobile app privacy: You get what you pay for

GSMA privacy-by-design guidelines embraced by carriers … but not app stores

Mobile app privacy controversies have dominated the technology headlines over recent weeks, but the push for tighter privacy standards may upset existing business models, which often use targeted advertising to subsidise the price users pay for the apps.

Last month it was discovered that iphone Path and Hipster were uploading user address book information without informed consent. Meanwhile Twitter was criticized because its privacy policy failed to explain that if users used the “Find Friends” feature on its iOS and Android clients – Twitter would store the user’s entire address book for 18 months. Days after this Facebook was obliged to deny that its iPhone app was reading private text messages.

“Giving users more transparency and understanding of data collection and giving them tools to opt-out is obviously going to impact on their targeted advertising business models. I think they are going to conveniently ignore these guidelines,”

read more at: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/16/mobile_app_privacy_analysis/

Categories
iOS iPad

iOS 5.1 Jailbreak on iPad 3: Dev Team Buoyant over Eventual Jailbreak as Three Methods Under Process

– According to the apple development team, the exploit, which was used four months ago to jailbreak iPad 2 on iOS 4.3.3 through JailbreakMe 3.0, can still be replicated on iOS 5.1.

– This is interesting to me because the apple team could easily patch whatever glitch allows users to jailbreak their apple devices but don’t.

– “We can confirm that the method used to jailbreak the iPad2 4 months ago (before corona) still works even in 5.1.  That means we’ll at least be able to get our foot in the door to get the required kernel dumps on the iPad 3.”

– Read more at: http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/315225/20120316/ios-5-1-jailbreak-ipad-3-release.htm 

Categories
mobile development

Nokia appeals to mobile app developers

Nokia is pitching its Windows Phones as the best bet for operators and app developers, and to prove it, announced partnerships for new apps with brands including Michelin Travel, Red Bull, Kraft Foods and others. “We’re creating a platform to attract third party developers that’s far friendlier and far more aligned with the interests of operators all over the world” compared to the other leading mobile platforms, said Nokia’s CEO earlier this week.

The idea is that a growing number of people around the world are getting phones but don’t have credit cards. Nokia aims to remove the payment process (at least for now).

Read more of this article at: http://www.itworldcanada.com/news/nokia-appeals-to-mobile-app-developers/144971

The more articles I read, the more I see the same complaint for using iOS. Developers hate jumping through the hoops and customers hate the exclusivity apple mandates from it’s users. I’m not saying apple products will go extinct in the near future, but eventually consumers are going to grow weary of the iron fist apple holds on the market.

 

Categories
mobile development mobile news

Kii Corporation Launches Kii Platform for Mobile App Developers

The industry’s first one-stop-shop for cloud services, funding, and Asian distribution helps App Store entrepreneurs accelerate global business success.

 

The Kii Platform is made up of three pillars:

1) Kii Cloud: A suite of scalable back-end cloud services including user management, data management, analytics and mobile advertising. Through Kii’s developer portal, developers can quickly and easily persist data for millions of users without writing a single line of server code.

2) Kii Capital: An early stage investment fund focused on the app segment of the fast growing smartphone market.

3) Kii Partners: Access to a distribution network of highly coveted Asian mobile operators and OEMs in Japan, China, Korea and Taiwan, as well as Silicon Valley, who offer pre-loading as well as co-marketing opportunities for select apps.

Check out more at: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kii-corporation-launches-kii-platform-for-mobile-app-developers-2012-02-29

Categories
iOS iPad iPhone mobile development

iPhone App Design Trends

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/09/iphone-app-design-trends/

This article explores the ways in which designers use graphical elements and screen interactions to create iPhone-applications that are easy on the eyes and mind. The aim of this article is to display common trends and design approaches in iPhone app design – please notice that they are not necessarily optimal ones from the design or usability point of view.

Categories
mobile development

Healthx Launches Healthcare Mobile App

Today Healthx released its much-awaited Healthx-enabled Mobile Application, which caters to Payers aiming to connect members with their benefits and healthcare information. Healthx clients will receive their own uniquely branded app available for easy download in the iTunes, Windows, Android, and RIM markets.

This app is basically a PHR, except it focuses more on insurance and health finances than health records. This application will allow users to keep better track of bills and make payments easier.

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/healthx-launches-healthcare-mobile-app-2012-02-21

Categories
iOS

Apple moves toward digital unity with Mountain Lion

Blending the best of OS X and iOS makes both operating systems better

Apple revealed its latest desktop/laptop operating system: OS X Mountain Lion. The final version will be released this summer, but the developer preview unveiled on Thursday shows that the upcoming OS picks up where OS X 10.7 — code-named Lion — left off. The upgrade will be available only as a download from the Mac App Store (surprise, surprise) . Apple won’t sell it on disc or on a thumb drive, as it did with earlier versions of OS X.

The most important element of the new OS is deeper integration with iCloud, the collection of services that stores your data to Apple’s servers automatically and then syncs that data across all your devices. On the iPhone and iPad, every photo, document, bookmark, contact — everything — gets backed up.

Check out more at:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9224414/Apple_moves_toward_digital_unity_with_Mountain_Lion

Categories
Android iOS iPad iPhone mobile news

Socket Mobile Introduces Low-Cost Barcode Scanner for Apple(R) Devices

Affordable Barcode Scanner Offers Businesses More Opportunities to Deploy Customized Data Collection Applications With iPad(R), iPhone(R) and iPod touch(R)

Socket Mobile, Inc announced the upcoming availability of the Socket Bluetooth(R) Cordless Hand Scanner (CHS) 7Ci, a low-cost barcode scanner for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The CHS 7Ci expands upon Socket Mobile’s popular CHS Series 7 line of barcode scanners by providing an affordable option for reading 1D barcodes into Apple devices that is also backed by an optional software development kit.
The Socket CHS 7Ci is a 1D imager-based barcode reader that can decode both printed barcodes and barcodes displayed on device screens. It features a special authentication chip to enable two-way communications with Apple devices, making SDK support for Apple iOS possible.
Besides Apple iOS, the CHS 7Ci is also compatible with the Android, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems. Pricing and Availability The CHS 7Ci is expected to be available for purchase in Q2 2012 following certification by Apple at an MSRP of $260.
Read more at:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/socket-mobile-introduces-low-cost-barcode-scanner-for-appler-devices-2012-02-21?reflink=MW_news_stmp

Categories
mobile development mobile news

Mobile Applications Created Nearly Half A Million Jobs, Study Finds

With the U.S. economy finally showing signs of revitalization, mobile application development is a ground-breaking job market helping to taking charge in the technology revolution. According to a TechNet press release, the so-called “App Economy” has generated 466,000 U.S. jobs since 2007. Prior to that, the market had zero jobs. Computerworld reported that in 2011, the App Economy generated nearly $20 billion in revenue.

Rey Ramsey, President and CEO of TechNet has stated that “America’s App Economy demonstrates that we can quickly create economic value and jobs through cutting-edge innovation.” This claim is hard to refute and this article provides statistics supporting that jobs in this market will only increase in the years to come.

 

http://www.citytowninfo.com/career-and-education-news/articles/mobile-applications-created-nearly-half-a-million-jobs-study-finds-12020701

Categories
mobile news

Mad for Mobile: Half of CIOs Say Their Firms Have or Will Offer a Mobile Application In Coming Year

“There’s an app for that,” may apply to nearly half of U.S. businesses before the year is over, a new survey by Robert Half Technology shows. Twenty-seven percent of CIOs polled recently said their companies already offer a mobile application, while another 22 percent said they plan to offer one in 2012.

CIOs were asked, “Has your company developed a mobile application for customers and clients, or do you plan to offer one in the next 12 months?

AND

What is the greatest challenge for IT teams when developing a mobile application for the business?”

 

Check it out at http://rht.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=131&item=1351

The results may surprise you…

 

Categories
mobile news

8 things you should know before building a mobile app

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/tech/mobile/building-mobile-apple-app/

1. What does it cost to make an app?

If you’re new to the app game, prepare for some sticker shock. Making an app will cost you, at the very minimum, around $10,000. This is for a super-simple program — none of that fancy enterprise or social networking jibber-jabber. Even still, any app worth its weight in code will likely cost you closer to $20,000.

2. What should you charge for your app?

3. When will you get paid?

Apple sends you cash one month at a time, up to 45 days after the month has ended. So, if your app goes live in January, you can expect your first kickback sometime in early March.

4. How do you write your iTunes description?

5. What’s the best way to beta test?

6. What happens when you get featured on iTunes?

7. How do you get press?

8. How do you avoid the spam?

Categories
mobile news

Rise of Mobile Web Apps Will Give webOS A Time to Shine

Hewlett-Packard yesterday announced the open source roadmap for its beleaguered mobile platform webOS. This is HP’s last-ditch attempt to actually turn webOS into a viable product after it acquired Palm in April 2010. Palm’s problem was that the mobile Web was not ready for devices. We are just now starting to see the problems facing mobile Web apps being addressed through the HTML5 spec such as CSS and rendering along with caching and device access to elements like the camera and accelerometer. What it may boil down to is this: Palm may have been ahead of its time with webOS, but it fell behind the times when the native app environment exploded. With the coming wave of HTML5 mobile Web apps, the time for webOS to shine may come again. http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2012/01/a-time-to-shine-for-webos.php