You can get a lot of great free stuff at a technology conference--T-shirts, food, USB sticks--but Facebook really upped the ante when it offered the source code to its React Native framework earlier this year.
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.
Mobile "addicts," or those who launch apps 60 times or more each day, have grown in number by 59 percent over the last year, according to Flurry.
When the Apple Watch launched, there was a lot of excitement about what consumers would do with it. Now the media and developers can't seem to stop talking about what they can't do with it (at least so far).
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.
Don't try to fool Andy Smith. He's heard the same line from successful app developers too many times before.
Video streaming apps have moved the Entertainment category to the No. 1 position in terms of iOS revenue and make up three out of the top five iOS apps in China, according to App Annie. The company released its App Annie Index: Market Q2 2015 report based on data collected across its mobile analytics platform.
Some news stories called it a "surprise release." Others called it a "mystery release." For something that's key to its mobile app ecosystem, you'd think Apple would be a little more forthcoming about the latest developer preview of iOS.
No one calls it the Internet of iOS, or the Internet of Android, but the choice of platform will inevitably become a critical factor in how app developers start exploring opportunities related to the Internet of Things.
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.
Sixty percent of developers now fall under the "app poverty line," making less than $500 per month, and 15 percent making no revenue at all, according to Vision Mobile. The firm's Q1 Mobile Megatrends 2015 report is based on its Developer Economics research team.
Forget the battle of the bands: A looming fight between streaming music provider Spotify and Apple's recently-launched Apple Music service has stirred up considerable curiosity among developers over an attempt to do an end-run around the App Store.
Up to 90 percent of those installing apps may drift away after three months unless those developing them have an engagement marketing strategy such as push notifications, according to Kakuna. The company aggregated and analyzed data from hundreds of clients across 16 industry verticals for its recently published report, which included interactions of more than 39 million customers collected between January and May of this year.
The world may have been eager to get its first experience of Apple Music, but for app developers, it was the familiar sad song of waiting to get in on the action, based on their feedback on Twitter.
Car Connectivity Consortium president Alan Ewing recently spoke to FierceDeveloper by phone about the hackathon and how the CCC's developer efforts are evolving.
App developers are getting understandably upset that they are starting to regularly experience the API equivalent of what one might politely call a "tease."
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.
Apple didn't make a formal announcement about it at its recent WWDC in San Francisco, but a developer blogging on 9to5 Mac noticed a policy change that will allow developers, for the first time, to restrict their apps to only run on devices with 64-bit processors.
Android developers send updates nearly twice as often as their iOS counterparts, but it's iPhone users who may be more receptive, based on a recent study from a group of Italian academics.
Alexa may soon dethrone Apple's Siri as the most popular virtual assistant among app developers now that Amazon is opening up the technology behind its Echo wireless speaker.