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More than 75 percent of new app users fail to return the day after first use, study shows

User retention remains an ongoing challenge for many mobile application developers, which is reflected in a new study from mobile marketing automation platform provider Appboy. 

'Cool!' devs say as SoftBank adds Android support for Pepper robot

SoftBank Robotics now is allowing Android developers to create apps for its Pepper humanoid robot. The company has launched the Pepper SDK for Android Studio beta, a software development kit that allows developers to implement apps on the Android platform.

Android Wear 2.0, Daydream mobile VR highlight 'the next evolution of Google'


Google showcased its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch and Daydream mobile virtual reality technologies at Google I/O in Mountain View, California last week, and both tools could reshape the way developers collaborate with the technology giant. 

Reduce Google Play app security risks or watch your brand die

Are your Google Play apps secure? If not, they could put your end users as well as your brand reputation and revenues at risk. And while Google has launched a program to improve security of apps while they're still in development, it can't substitute for good security practices by devs themselves.

Android devices fail more frequently than iOS counterparts in Q1 2016, study shows

Apple iOS devices performed more consistently than their Android counterparts during the first quarter of 2016, according to a study from Blancco Technology Group. 

Windows 7 on Android Wear? YouTube video tutorial proves it's possible

Want to deploy Windows 7 on an Android Wear smartwatch? Now, you can, thanks to a video tutorial provided by YouTube user Hacking Jules.

Windows Store for Business creates new option for developers to promote and sell their apps

Developers now can provide paid apps in volume through Windows Store for Business, the Microsoft web-based portal that " lets IT decision-makers, purchasers and administrators find, acquire, manage and distribute Windows Store apps across their organization's Windows 10 devices."

Nissan developer gets busted for stealing code from Stack Overflow

Cheaters never win -- just ask the Nissan mobile app developer who was exposed for stealing code verbatim from Stack Overflow. 

Pinterest's URX acquisition spurs cautious optimism among developers

Pinterest has added a mobile deep linking technology provider to its portfolio. The photo sharing website has acquired San Francisco-based URX in a move that could have far-flung effects on mobile app developers worldwide.

Mobile apps generate $34.2 billion in global revenue last year, IDC says

Mobile application installs could exceed 210 billion in 2020, according to International Data Corp (IDC).

Samsung's ARTIK Cloud platform dangles IoT carrot in front of devs, but whether they'll bite is uncertain

Samsung Electronics last month unveiled the Samsung ARTIK Cloud, an open data exchange platform that may lead many developers to pursue Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities. That depends, however, on whether devs embrace the IoT concept at all.

Targeting, length among key factors for successful in-app video ads, IAB says

Deploying video ads in your mobile app could help developers increase app revenues, especially if they deploy ads that generate interest from the target audience. But there are a few caveats that devs should not ignore that could torpedo their ad strategy.

Instagram's claim that LitterGram name is 'not acceptable' sets off devs

Instagram recently launched a legal battle against British anti-litter app LitterGram, claiming the app's name was "not acceptable" because it infringes the trademark of its photo-sharing service.

Mobile app revenue steers toward $79B worldwide by 2020, Ovum says

Expect global mobile application revenue and app downloads to increase significantly over the next few years, according to Ovum. The technology analyst has predicted global mobile app revenue will increase from $36 billion in 2015 to $79 billion in 2020.

Apple and developers hunt for the 'killer app' for Apple Watch

Starting June 1, new Apple Watch apps submitted to the App Store must have the ability to operate independently of an iPhone. This means developers will need to embrace the latest watchOS development kits or risk falling behind in the smartwatch market.

Will Fabric mission control dashboard build or demolish Twitter's relationship with developers?

Twitter made waves among the developer community when it announced its Fabric mobile development platform in October 2014. And now, the social networking giant has unveiled a new Fabric dashboard to help developers analyze, evaluate and improve their apps consistently.

Mobile game devs see higher revenue from in-game ads, says Unity Technologies

Rewarded video advertisements could pave the way for mobile game developers to increase their revenues, according to a new study from video game engine developer Unity Technologies.

Apple revamps developer resources mini-site, opens WWDC 2016 registration

Apple has debuted its "Making Great Apps for the App Store" mini-site, which serves as an all-in-one resource for developers.

BMW, Timecode Systems, and more leap into the GoPro Developer Program

Periscope app GoPro this month launched a developer program as part of an effort "to develop a seamless user experience between [developers'] products and GoPro products." Ultimately, the program could impact mobile developers in a number of ways, too.

LG's gambit to open G5 expansion slot doesn't guarantee developers will show up

LG Electronics is now providing developers with a software development kit and hardware development kit to help them design and deploy apps for its G5 modular smartphone. Sounds great for devs, but it may not be meaningful in the long run.