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What developers can do to bring artificial intelligence to mobile apps

Artificial intelligence (AI) may have seemed out of reach to many app developers in the past, but a growing number of APIs and third-party platforms are creating opportunities to change that, both within the consumer and the enterprise space.

How developers should approach Apple's first public beta of iOS

When Apple last updated iOS, I saw a lot of comments on Twitter that went along the lines of, "Is it safe to install?" and "So. Many. Bugs." This could explain why, according to 9to5Mac and others, Apple is considering its first public beta for the operating system with version 8.3. 

Ericsson: Two-thirds of mobile traffic dominated by just five apps

App developers are always hoping to boost engagement, but to do so they'll have to become one of a handful of apps that make up most of the world's mobile traffic, according to recent research from Ericsson.

Android developers mull the long-term implications of paid search ads on Google Play

Android has often been described as the mobile platform with amazing reach, but less propensity for monetization than iOS, and a move by Google to bring paid search ads to its Play Store may be a strategy to change that.

The cost of Apple's 'Pay Once and Play' category for iOS developers

With one small step, Apple has effectively segmented the "good" mobile games from the "evil" mobile games. The recent introduction of the "Pay Once and Play" category on the App Store was clearly designed with consumers in mind. Consumers, that is, who are increasingly feeling uncomfortable with the limitations of playing a game in exchange for being bombarded with in-app purchase (IAP) requests. 

Vision Mobile analyst takes deep dive into insights gained through 'Developer Economics' research

Vision Mobile recently released its State of the Developer Nation Q1 2015, part of its ongoing "Developer Economics" series that delves into some of the finer points of creating apps, the platform wars, monetization and other issues. To get a better sense of some of the findings, FierceDeveloper spoke with Mark Wilcox, senior business analyst at Vision Mobile.

Report: 8 p.m. is the overall deadline for mobile app marketing

The best shot for developers to market their mobile apps ends just after most people's dinnertimes, or 8 p.m., based on research from Localytics. The firm's recent research study examined U.S. app usage over the last month using its proprietary tool to look at session length and history.

App developers aren't sold on Samsung's LoopPay acquisition

Samsung's decision to acquire mobile payments provider LoopPay was widely interpreted as a way to counter Apple's aggressive moves with Apple Pay. Developers on Twitter, however, suggested they weren't buying it.

Why app developers should hope for something better than a Hollywood ending

It may not be the kind of line that drives people to the box-office, but it was certainly an eye-catching headline. "The app economy is now 'bigger than Hollywood,'" The Atlantic declared recently, with little sense of how developers, or anyone else, should react. What were we all supposed to do, clap? 

How mobile game developers can make a play for the enterprise gamification market

For developers, "gamification"--where game-like elements are introduced to what are traditionally non-gaming activities--may become a lucrative sideline. Some already specialize in this area, though it may mean learning some new skills and getting a handle on a very different breed of customer.

Report: App reviewers say they get an average of 20 developer pitches a day

If you've created a mobile game and hope to get someone in the media to write a great review, get in line: 75 percent of journalists say they get an average of 20 pitches from developers a day, according to Big Ideas Machine. 

iOS developers may soon 'pin' their hopes on being discovered via Pinterest

It's not quite an overhaul of its App Store, but iOS developers are showing some initial excitement over a recent partnership between Apple and Pinterest centered around app discovery.

Why all developers should think about obeying Marissa Mayer's 'two-tap' rule for apps

I'm sure you could learn a lot from all the rich and famous minds who assembled for the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, but for app developers, the biggest takeaway probably came from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

Hidden object games: Developers offer a close-up look at the new hit genre

Hidden object games have become an increasingly popular genre for mobile game developers, who say they see them as a way to get a bigger piece of the tablet or phablet market.

Report: 'Zombie' apps are overwhelming Apple's App Store

The number of "zombie" apps that almost never appear in the top lists of Apple's App Store categories has increased by nearly 10 percent since last year, according to mobile discovery firm Adjust.

Devs on Microsoft's Sunrise acquisition: 'My favorite calendar app'

It's not every day that Microsoft buys an indie developer of iOS apps, and in the case of Sunrise, it's an app that many of those who work in mobile say is among the best in its category.

The biggest problems with BlackBerry's concept of net neutrality

Maybe John Chen would benefit from learning what it's like to make a cross-platform app. The CEO of BlackBerry raised eyebrows recently by making the unusual argument that definitions of "net neutrality"--the notion that Internet traffic should be treated equal regardless of its source or user--be extended to mobile apps and games.

Kate Upton, Liam Neeson ads could herald TV advertising opportunity for mobile app developers

Among the commercials for new cars, new cell phones and different insurance companies were two stand-out spots during this week's Super Bowl: An ad for the "Clash of Clans" game featuring "Taken" actor Liam Neeson and another ad featuring the actress Kate Upton for the "Game of War" mobile game.

Report: Level of overall app monetization has risen by 12%

The overall level of developers monetizing their apps in some way is up 12 percent over last year, according to Millennial Media. The company's State of the Apps 2015 Snapshot research report was based on a survey of app developers that ran from September through November of last year.

App developers respond to the release of iOS 8.1.3

If you look around on social media, the most common consumer response to Apple's latest platform upgrade is something like, "Is it safe to install iOS 8.1.3?" For app developers, though, the reaction tends to be a little different.