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The challenge indie mobile game developers share with Rovio, and how they should respond

Even if it's basically about throwing things at a flying target, it seems somehow unfair to take a shot at Rovio when it's down.  Its success not only showed how lucrative this gaming area could be, but effectively set the bar for untold numbers of other studios and even indie developers who might have hoped to follow its lead. A recent report from Superdata Research, however, pours water all over that image, with some insights that may be worth thinking about as mobile game developers create their next apps. 

How mobile game developers should combat their biggest competitor: Boredom

When people picture the summer months, they probably imagine long walks on the beach, swimming or cooking on a barbecue. Before too long, though, playing a mobile game could be added to that list.

Why the world (and especially developers) may not need a separate Apple TV App Store

The worst thing about our flat screen TV is when, in the middle of watching one of our favorite shows, the system announces there's a software update and wonders whether we'd like to apply it right now. This is the kind of disconnect Apple needs to avoid with the new Apple TV it is reported to be working on and which may, according to various sources, come out as early as this fall.

It's time for app developers to look past mobile interstitials

No one needed research data from Google to prove that interstitial ads on mobile devices -- or any devices really -- are both infuriating and ineffective.

All those unfair app reviews have revealed a big flaw in Apple's public beta for iOS 9

Most of the time, developers know it's probably their fault when their app gets a bad review. The recent problems involving iOS 9 beta, however, show that there are some times when even a developer's best work can't truly stand on its own.

Where indie developers might (or might not) fit into app constellations

There may be a few indie developers who are so optimistic about their prospects that they shoot for the moon, but I doubt even the most bullish ever seriously think much about app constellations.

Why indie developers may face the biggest burnout risk of all

The biggest competition for indie app developers may not be other indie app developers, or even larger publishers and brands. It might be the warmer weather, the smell of barbecues and all those photos from friends' cottages in their Facebook feed. That, and the desolating sense that they just can't keep on doing what they're doing.

Why Soundcloud's API clampdown should be a familiar tune to app developers by now

App developers are getting understandably upset that they are starting to regularly experience the API equivalent of what one might politely call a "tease."

This app developer's 'manifesto' should simply become industry best practices

It's not the kind of question that gets debated by industry analysts or discussed at tech conferences, but it's worth putting it out there: Has the app economy finally come up against its Lars Von Trier? Graham Bower may be his heir apparent, at least in the mobile developer space.

Who is 'Peter,' and why are so many developers blaming him for app failures?

I've met and spoken with lots of app developers about all kinds of challenges they've faced, not only in making an app or mobile game but in making a living from their work. I have to admit, though, I've never come across anyone with quite the career history of a guy known as Peter.