Download the PDF file and print as many sheets as you need, then start sketching out your new app interface, interaction and screen flow. Both are US standard 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper, complete with grid and guides to help you quickly get your ideas down.
An analysis of when to use a menu like the Path 2 sharing menu – This article does a good job of stating when and when not to you would like to use that type of pop out menu — it definitely isn’t suitable everywhere.
Edward Kim writes an interested (albeit unverifiable) post about how much money he made from app sales. Read it here: “My last Android app sales figures, and why its still great to start a mobile app business. – Edward Kim.”
Touchscreens have been with us for decades—and they’ve been the mobile input method of choice for many of us for about 5 years. In fact, many junior designers and developers—or at least those who were late to the mobile party—have never owned a mobile phone for which buttons were the primary input method.
But there are still very few designers who seem to know how touchscreens actually work or how people really interact with them. In my work as a UX design consultant, working for many different organizations, I’ve encountered lots of myths and half-truths about designing for touchscreens.
“Consumers are becoming ‘digital omnivores,’ adopting all sorts of smart, web-connected consumer technology with lots of cool sensors.”
An absolutely negative PR blow for Apple, and their mapping system is now threatening people’s lives as described in this short article: Victoria Police Online News Centre – Police concerned with Apple iOS 6 mapping system.
An interesting turn of events as there are no lines outside the main UK Apple Store in Longdon, England. What does this mean for Apple and for the state of iOS developers? No iPad mini queue in London, you can walk in and buy one – Yahoo! News UK.
… [Mobile] applications like Angry Birds collect personal information, usually the user’s location and sex and the unique identification number of a smartphone. As the Internet goes mobile, privacy issues surrounding phone apps have moved to the front lines of the debate over what information can be collected, when and by whom.
A great read by a seasoned developer who had significant troubles submitting his app to the new Windows 8 Marketplace. The Missing Bit: Windows 8 Doesn’t Want Your App. Try Again Later.
As smartphones became the majority in the U.S. in 2012, nearly half of American smartphone owners (47%) used shopping apps in June 2012, according to Nielsen. Overall, 45 million smartphone owners used apps in the Shopping/Commerce category, accessing shopping apps 17 times on average during June 2012.
Android continues to lead the smartphone market in the U.S., with a majority of smartphone owners (51.8%) using an Android OS handset. Over a third (34.3%) of smartphone owners use an Apple iPhone, and Blackberry owners represented another 8.1 percent of the smartphone market.
Consumer apps across the mobile sector raised $3.9 billion in venture financing during the first six months of 2012.
A group of big retailers, including 7-Eleven, Best Buy, CVS and Wal-Mart, said on Wednesday that they were forming a company that would offer a way for customers to pay for purchases with their smartphones.
Mobile plays perfectly into the hands of women who are looking for simpler, more convenient ways to buy online.
About 1 million Android devices are activated across the globe daily. The vast majority of even those new devices are not running the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. In fact, most Android devices are still running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, released at the end of 2010. The latest numbers from Google pin Gingerbread at 60.6% of all Android devices.
Android, Google’s smartphone operating system, shipped in 107.8 million devices in Q2 2012, a 100.10 percent increase over Q2 2011 when Android smartphone shipments reached 51.2 million units. Shipments have more than doubled year over year, and at the same time the share in shipments increased as well. In Q2 2011, Android shipments accounted for 47.6 percent of the smartphone market, and in Q2 2012 they have grown to 68.1 percent which is a 43.06 percent increase over the same period last year.
The latest report suggests that technologies such as NFC and augmented reality are poised to have a major impact on the industry as a whole, especially as mobile commerce expands.
Although only half of Americans report owning a smartphone, now, half of them most likely own an Android device as Android Cracks 50 Percent as Smartphone Sales Rise, according to Nielsen.
Here’s an excellent reason why you should validate your in-app purchases in your app. Your developer didn’t know of that? Next time, hire someone who knows what they’re doing. Trick Gives iPhone Owners Free Access to Paid Content Inside Apps – NYTimes.com.
New virtualization software for Android allows US military device usres to securly access their apps without risking compromose. However, we also learn that new versions of the software are released every “three to four months.” Could that be because of security scares?
I spent time chatting with people and picked-up that many — retailers, distributors, manufactures — are seeing no or little drop in the demand for iOS-related hardware or software products. Sales of add-ons for iPhones and iPads are keeping companies afloat, even while other areas of their business are being disrupted.
It seems that globalization provides for a healthy economic movement, especially as Apple prepares their latest iPhone for China.
A great app for a great, novelty idea using augmented reality! Check it out at Star Trek Calgary Beams Up Transporter.
Today I came across a library for iOS that works with SQLite databases – so not only can you avoid having to work with raw SQL queries, but also get the relational benefits of the Active Record pattern.
The library is iActiveRecord from Alex Denisov and can be found on Github here.
Looks like a great library with all the functionality that you would expect in a library implementing the Active Record pattern.
Starting today, your apps can add location and friends as properties to any update, photo, or link. Check it out on Venture Beat.
How will this affect the Arab Spring? Will new methods of data analysis need to be created to watch such digital conversations? Twitter now comes in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, & Urdu | VentureBeat.
Nokia announced the 808 PureView today at the Mobile World Congress, and all of a sudden the previously unknown phone running a dated Symbian OS became the talk of the show. You can read more info or watch the video over at VentureBeat.
Apple has released a 13-step guidebook for aspiring iOS app developers! Apple Launches Start Developing iOS Apps Today Guidebook.
Here’s a list of twenty or so iPad UI, mockup resources, and icon sets to use on your next iPad or web-based project. Most are open source; some require attribution. 20 Awesome UI Kits For iPad Development.
Here’s an excellent example of what NOT to do: Two unrelated apps recently issued apologies after resaerchers discovered the apps were secretly taking users’ contacts from their address books and storing them on company-owned servers. The app developers promised it wasn’t a malichous move, but issues apologies and deleted all the data.
Developers must ALWAYS consider their users’ privacy and be completely transparent in all they do…be it analytics or address-book copying.
The complete story is available from the BBC News – iPhone apps Path and Hipster offer address-book apology.
Here’s a simple Mobile Application Development Glossary provided by Ansca Mobile.
Here’s an excellent free user interface download for iOS 5 on the iPhone 4/S: iOS 5 GUI PSD – 365psd.
Here’s an open source library to create “Flipboard style” transitions and panels. This can be used to create a magazine-style reading interface. Open Source: Flipboard Style Transitions And Reader Example For iPad.
Al Gore’s “Our Choice” app is breathtaking and full of multitouch features. This open source view controller allows for the same level of interaction. Open Source: View Container For Easily Adding Animated Push, Rotate, And Drag Manipulation.
An excellent guide for those unfamiliar with the iOS 5 SDK.
Apple shipped 488 million iPhones in 2011. Consider that market when determining which platform to consider. Apple reclaims No.1 smartphone spot in Q4.
The Amazon Kindle has sold over 4 million units in December 2011, giving Amazon nearly a third of all Android tablet market share. Of course, there are by fare more iPads in use, but the Kindle Fire is another platform to consider when designing and developing apps for tablets.
Thanks to Gustavo Ambroso for releasing his library on Github. This blog posts explains his idea and implementation of code for new iOS alert and action sheet UI.
An excellent example for developers who need to make minor changes to much larger apps. This is very similar to what Pop Cap (Bejeweled) and Zenga (Words with Friends) have used to make their changes.
Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll want to know if you want to do some iBooks 2.0 publishing:
– The iBooks creator itself is free, but you’ll need to install Mac OS X Lion to use it (so yes, no Windows support !).
– You don’t need a developer account and there is no up front cost to publish on iBooks.
– Apple takes the same 30% cut as with apps.
– You will need ISBN numbers for the books you want to distribute.
– This is not a replacement for a word processor, but you can import easily from both Pages and Word. You do get many text formatting options so once you’ve written your content you can format it in iBooks Author.
– You can implant shapes, text, tables, and charts just like you can in the iWork line of apps.
– There is a widget for touch controlled 3D models and the preferred format is OpenCollada.
– Apple provides some custom other widgets allowing you to easily embed a slick touch enabled image gallery, movies or audio, quiz style questions, Keynote presentations, and interactive images.
– You’ll need an iPad to preview the books you’ve created.
– iBooks creator can export beautiful PDF’s, but the PDFs are watermarked with an Apple iBooks stamp.
– Published books are quite large and can be up to 2.0 GB so you probably should have bought the iPad with the bigger storage!
This open source library has been available for some time, and should be considered as an easy “drop-in” set of sharing features.
According to early reports, Apple sold more iPhone 4S devices than *all* Android sales *combined* in Q4 of 2011. That’s just absolutely staggering. Software engineers and project managers should closely consider which platforms when debating app development, especially when targeting a specific audience. Q4 iPhone sales reportedly topped all Android phones combined.
An interesting view from the NYT regarding the state of the economy as it relates to highly-skilled workers.
The set is a collection of widely used UI elements, including volume, zoom, player, view, and download controls.
Bijou — tiny, 10 pixel icons for free. Bijou is a set of 126 (and counting) free icons, built specifically for working at smaller sizes.
Introducing “Python for Android” …The goal of this project is to package your python application into an APK. Worth a look!
Back in October, Google was said to have had 500,000 app submissions, though only 315,000 actually sat in the Android Market itself. The total number is continuously being pared back as rogue apps, malware and copyright-infringing titles are removed.
This is a great resource for using HTML5 in mobile app development.
Building apps for the iPhone 4’s Retina display involves creating two sets of images — one at 163ppi and another at 326ppi. After slugging our way through an app build or two, we feel confident that we have a decent workflow for attacking future Retina display app designs. Hopefully this information is of use to other designers.