Don't expect app developers to follow Spotify's lead in trying to out-maneuver Apple's App Store

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.

Report: 90% of app installs may lead to disengaged users

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.

iOS developers: Why weren't we a part of the Apple Music launch?

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.

The future of in-car app experiences, according to Car Connectivity Consortium president

Car Connectivity Consortium president Alan Ewing recently spoke to FierceDeveloper by phone about the hackathon and how the CCC's developer efforts are evolving.

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.

The big decision iOS 9 forces app developers to make

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.

Report: Android devs update apps nearly twice as often as iOS devs

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.

Amazon's Alexa may put Siri on the sidelines in app developers' minds

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.

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.

What Android Studio 1.3 means for app developers

Google's recent I/O 2015 conference will be remembered for many things--Android M's debut, the Brillo project for the Internet of Things--but app developers will likely look back on it as the moment Android Studio came of age.

Report: 42% of mobile users are coming back to apps at least 11 times

Consumers can often seem fairly fickle in terms of the apps they use regularly, but U.S. retention actually improved last year to where 42 percent came back to an app 11 or more times, according to new numbers Localytics. The company's most recent study also looked at the number of people who abandoned an app after the first try.

Reports: Google acquired Agawi have Android devs discussing the pros and cons of streaming apps

There was no press release, no blog post, and certainly no mention of it at Google I/O, but app developers sounded less surprised than wary about reports Google had acquired streaming services startup Agawi, a move Google subsequently confirmed to TechCrunch.

The better way to think about Buzzfeed's critique of Apple's own apps

Buzzfeed is better known for top-10 style listicles and celebrity gossip than longform think pieces, but as the iOS crowd exited the Moscone Center in San Francisco last week, there was nothing more provocative written about Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) than a diatribe by Charlie Warzel.

Games-as-a-service: A getting-started guide for indie game developers

When a consumer installs a mobile game on their smartphone or tablet, they probably don't spend much time wondering about whether it should be classified as a product or a service. For developers, on the other hand, it's a distinction that could make all the difference in how they create and monetize their work.

Ad blockers in iOS 9 have developers surprised and thrilled on Twitter

The news came out as Apple's WWDC 2015 was coming to an end, but the company's decision to allow ad blockers on Safari may have gotten the most developer applause, based on their Twitter comments.

ACT: 32% of iOS developers weren't ranked in the App Store a year ago

Although it may somtimes feel like the charts never change, 32 percent of the top iOS developers were not even ranking in Apple's App Store a year ago, according to ACT/The App Association. The group's iOS App Economy Report spanned the top 400 apps across key categories in the App Store, offering insight on growing app categories and the state of developing.

The problem with Apple's '20 Under 20' campaign

It used to be in fields like modeling or acting where experienced professionals constantly had to look over their shoulders as ever-younger competitors seemed to appear out of nowhere and rival their achievements. Based on a recent marketing campaign from Apple, however, there's nothing less exciting than a middle-aged app developer.

WWDC 2015: What iOS developers liked, what they didn't and more

There are few events that stir up a range of developer emotions like the opening of Apple's annual World Wide Developers' Conference did, and based on Twitter comments late Monday, WWDC 2015 was no exception.

Forget enterprise apps: Why developers should start thinking about SMBs

"Quit wasting your time on mobile games and start making enterprise apps if you really want to make some money," the experts say. And it's easy to say, but for developers that have never worked with big businesses before, getting your foot in the door might be a considerable challenge.