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App video tutorials: The why, the how and the who

In an ideal world, developers would be able to sit down with each new consumer who downloads their app or mobile game and explain how it works and the best way to get started quickly. Since we do not live in an ideal world, we have video tutorials instead.

What developers said about Facebook's decision to shut down the API that shared 'friend' data

Facebook has worked hard to not only create a place where people want to share personal information, but an area that's attractive to app developers. Based on Twitter commentary, however, those developers are less than impressed with changes to its API.

Report: 43% percent of enterprises say mobile apps are a top priority

Forty-three percent of companies say mobile-friendly website or mobile version of business software is their top application development priority this year, according to The State of Application Development Report from OutSystems.

Mitek: How mobile imaging could power a wave of engaging app experiences

When most of us get paid, we like to put the money in the bank as quickly as possible, and Mobile Deposit--whereby you can take a picture of a check with your smartphone--allows you to make transactions wherever you are. The company behind Mobile Deposit, San Diego-based Mitek Systems, is now seeing its technology get extended into a range of mobile apps.

Apple's efforts to promote indie devs via email could use an overhaul

I don't get a lot of email from Apple, and I'm perfectly fine with that. On the other hand, I probably pay more attention to messages from the company behind iOS than the many other firms that somehow managed to acquire my address. That means Apple has the potential to influence my behavior as a consumer, so when it chooses to use that power to help independent developers, I pay particular attention.

App Annie: Google Play downloads 70% higher in Q1 than iOS

Google Play's worldwide downloads in the first quarter of 2015 were approximately 70 percent higher than the iOS App Store, according to App Annie. The firm drew data from its App Intelligence tool as the basis for its Market Q1 2015 Index.

Chrome push notifications revive one of the oldest developer debates

Which is better: web apps or mobile apps? As more functionality becomes common--as with Google's move with push notifications in Chrome--there may be less to argue about.

Developers can't afford to miss the 'mobile moments' that will define future app usage

Sometimes developers are guilty of doing "over-apping." That is, instead of getting consumers right into the experience that will bring them the most fun, productivity or fulfillment, they give them the mobile equivalent of too many appetizers.

Matchmaker, make me an app: How AppFutura, Tapfame and Toptal bring developers and clients together

It may be one of the most controversial apps in recent memory, but you can say this for Tinder: It has made the process of matchmaking (even of the short-term variety) as quick and easy as possible via technology. The same cannot always be said about pairing up app developers with those who could give them interesting work to do.

Android devs sound ready to start submitting to Google Play's 'Designed for Families' section

First came the Apple-like app reviewing process and age-based ratings. Now Google is getting even more serious about distinguishing adult-oriented apps from the rest of the wares in its Play store.

InMobi: App installs grow 70%, with entertainment app interest surging

App installs grew 70 percent between Q1 and Q4 2014, with some categories experiencing phenomenal gains, according to InMobi. The firm's State of App Downloads and Monetization Report is based on data gathered through its proprietary platform.

Four things app developers should take away from Apple's Guided Tour video for the Apple Watch

Who exactly is supposed to watch this "Guided Tour" video that Apple has made for the Apple Watch, and when? If it's consumers, presumably the video would serve as a sort of multimedia owner's manual, though it might help to demonstrate how to properly recharge it. If it's to help media outlets explain the device, four minutes and 45 seconds is a little too long. And if app developers are the intended audience, there are really less than a handful of things you really need to think about.

Why developers should be making a play for AR and VR mobile games ASAP

Augmented reality (AR) is no longer new to the mobile gaming space, and virtual reality (VR) may prove to be the next big thing to grab developers' attention, but experts say there is still plenty of ground left to be innovative with both approaches to creating an app.

There isn't an emoji that encompasses everything developers feel about iOS 8.3

Apple platform updates are always an important moment for developers and users, but possibly not until iOS 8.3 did a new set of racially diverse emojis emerge as the most talked-about feature.

Tapjoy: Get consumers to make three IAPs and your mobile game could hit $1M in revenue

Apps that have 1,000 users make at least three in-app purchases (IAP) in the first 90 days have an 84 percent chance of reaching $1 million in total revenue, according to Tapjoy.

It may be best to strip 'ASO' from app developers' vocabularies before it's too late

It might not be too long before developers come to define ASO as not standing for "app store optimization" but "a scary outcome." At least, that was one of the takeaways from a story on Cult of Mac, where developer Graham Bower writes about a decision he made to change the name of his app to include some potentially useful keywords. When he later wanted to change it back, the original name of his app was gone.

Don't be the first developer hit by an inter-app security attack

We all know what it means when we say, "the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing." Usually we're referring to people or organizations who act in ways that show they clearly aren't talking to each other. It's just as bad when it happens with mobile apps--except when the tradeoff for improved communication is poor inter-app security.

Report: IAPs will overtake all other monetization methods by 2018

In-app purchases (IAPs) will overtake all other methods of making money in apps by 2018, when looking at combined revenue across key countries, according to IDC and App Annie. The two firms published their joint Mobile App Advertising and Monetization Trends report by looking at data from 2013 and forecasting three years ahead.

App developers don't show much excitement about Google's plans to boost Android app installs

Google is promising to boost app installs with a revamped program that will include its Display Network and video ads. However, there didn't seem to be a very enthusiastic response to the news from Android developers.

Google Play has a new app review and age rating system. Now what?

Google recently admitted that it began a quiet change whereby, for the first time, its staff are now part of a process that vets apps before they are approved for distribution in Google Play. For developers, the change may be a mixed blessing, particularly if it affects how quickly they can deploy an app or mobile game to the Android market.