It can feel awfully lonely when you post something on Facebook--a funny status update, a beautiful vacation photo--and get nothing back in the way of comments or "likes." Even Facebook itself occasionally experiences something like this, such as a recent feature that should have made developers very happy.
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With friends like App Annie and a new suite of software tools to gain useful insights, Facebook isn't about to make too many enemies among mobile developers.
It may not be too long before cashiers greet customers with a cheerful, "cash, credit or Apple Pay?," but for app developers, there may be even more choices available. As expected, Apple launched its own foray into the mobile payment space with a service that will be built into every iPhone 6 device and leverages near field communications (NFC).
A bigger iPhone should not lead to bigger problems for app developers, and Apple's assurances with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus seemed like a relief to many of them on social media.
Nearly half, or 46 percent, of iOS apps have more than a 1 percent crash rate, according to mobile app performance firm Crittercism.
What has become accepted wisdom in app developer circles--deploy to iOS to make money, deploy to Android for reach and engagement--may soon be debunked. A few weeks ago, a company called Tapdaq published a blog post that pulled together the results of an informal survey it conducted with 50 independent app developers. Tapdaq asked about discoverability on Apple's App Store, questions they would like Apple to answer and their overall experience with the platform. Then came the doozy: Half of the developers said they would ditch iOS if they could generate the same revenue elsewhere.
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Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.
Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.