If you can't buy love, you shouldn't be able to buy installs by offering incentives to watch videos or share on social media, according to a number of developers who commented on Apple's recent moves in its App Store.
As Dong Nguyen gets ready to spread his wings again, mobile game developers will probably be as eager as consumers to see how Flappy Bird rises like a phoenix back into the app stores. In the long term, Flappy Bird could become an object lesson in how developers can take the best of a blockbuster and build something original--or a cautionary tale in copying your way to a flop.
Maybe it's the kind of inside joke that will only make sense to the mobile app market, but it also points to how Apple's introduction of a new programming language, Swift, will have a ripple effect on the developer community as a whole.
The Samsung Z smartphone launch was supposed to be a sign that the Tizen operating system was finally ready for prime time, but mobile app developers may need more proof it can offer the advantages they've gained with Android.
Launching an app, getting consumers to install an app, keeping app users around--it's all gotten even more expensive, according to Fiksu.
If developers were invoicing the app stores, they might put a note on them that said something like, "due 30 days following receipt," but the truth is they're probably thankful if the money comes in at all.
Developers were practically high-fiving each other via Twitter on Monday following Apple's WWDC announcements regarding TestFlight beta-testing, extensibility features and the more than 4,000 new APIs in iOS 8.
For all the advancements in mobile app analytics, there's one thing even the most sophisticated products and services can't tell you: How many consumers took a look at an app or mobile game in an app store, thought about installing but for some reason changed their mind. That's part of the appeal behind a growing number of firms that are focused on increasing the exposure developers can provide to potential customers through mobile ads.
A major change in the categorization of mobile games on Google Play last March means there are now 18 genres, or three times as many as before, notes a new report from Distimo.
There's so much talk about the rise of voice and messaging-based apps--including WhatsApp, WeChat, Tango and others--that indie developers are probably starting to feel like they can't get a word in edgewise. Facebook's mammoth takeover of WhatsApp may have represented a high point in the market for voice and messaging apps, but it's hardly the end of the story.
Android users spend 17 percent more time in any given app due to a greater number of app sessions in the month, according to mobile marketing automation firm Swrve. The company released its first App Monetization and Engagement Report, which examines the relative rates of retention across platforms.
Mobile game developers have a choice: Completely ignore what's happening in Italy right now, or prepare themselves for the fact that the "free" ride may soon be over.
Most developers will probably never get to sit down in person with Apple's Jony Ive and discuss the various ways to fine-tune their iOS apps, but at least now they can download the book.
Let's make one thing perfectly clear: When we talk about "discoverability" in the app space, we're talking about consumers discovering apps. Not app stores discovering developers and then plucking them from obscurity into their app stores. Hopefully a recent incident involving Nokia won't muddy those waters too much.
Twitter made a big deal about the launch of its Mute feature, but that's nothing compared to the way it once silenced app developers. As he admitted in his recent memoir, "Things a Little Bird Told Me," Twitter co-founder Biz Stone called the company's developer relations one of its biggest failures. Now the problems of an alternative to Twitter service for developers is raising questions about how social media services can effectively work with the app community.
The fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 were volatile quarters for app engagement--in opposite directions, according to Localytics.
When Facebook opens up to mentor developers, it doesn't take long for its friends to come running.
For something called Jelly Bean, an older version of Android takes up a lot of space in terms of smartphone adoption. According to research firm IDC's lead mobility analyst, Kevin Restivo, the much more recent KitKat 4.4.2 is running on "a measly 8.5% of Android devices in circulation."