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Twitter's plans for a new app developer platform raise serious doubts... on Twitter

Twitter reportedly plans to launch a new app development platform called "Twitter Fabric," but based on their social media reactions, it may take a while to get developer relationships all sewn up.

Google's address policy is just the beginning for app developers

There are still some small businesses--admittedly, very, very small businesses--that still don't have a website. Unless it's a convenience store or something so mom-and-pop that you get to know the owners really well, it's hard not to think of such firms as fly-by-night. The same thing applies to app developers with no visible means of contact, which explains why Google is cracking down with an unpopular new policy.

App designers vs. app developers: Can tools create teamwork?

As apps and games get more sophisticated, tools are emerging that are intended to address gaps in certain skill sets, fostering better collaboration among those who come from the design and developer worlds.

Report: iOS app cost-per-install 85% higher than Android

The average cost-per-install (CPI) of an iOS app is 85 percent higher than that of Android apps, according to InMobi. The company's State of Mobile App Downloads report is based on data from the second quarter of 2014, April 1 through June 30, on the InMobi network.

Developers keep calm while Apple carries on with iOS 8.0.2

Aren't there enough problems with apps that crash without a major platform update from Apple making things even worse? Developers certainly think so in the wake of iOS 8.0.1.

Think 100 years ahead to design the best mobile apps now

Of all the new books coming out this fall, it's probably a little weird to be obsessed with the one I'll never get to read, but I just can't stop thinking about Margaret Atwood's next work. The way in which it's being released could even provide inspirational for app developers.

How to integrate emotional intelligence into mobile apps

The best way most mobile developers have to gauge how consumers feel about their app or mobile game is pretty simple: If they download it and use it, they're happy. If it gets uninstalled or is abandoned, they're not. As issues around app retention, app engagement and the improvements of user experiences become more critical, though, a number of firms are beginning to create application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs) aimed at analyzing a user's emotions much more directly. 

Citrix: Android generates more app store download volumes than iOS

Android devices generate proportionately more application store downloads (15.3 percent) than iOS mobile devices (12.5 percent) as measured by daily mobile data volumes, according to the Citrix Mobile Analytics Report for the second quarter of 2014.

Facebook makes a friendly gesture with mobile analytics

With friends like App Annie and a new suite of software tools to gain useful insights, Facebook isn't about to make too many enemies among mobile developers.

Facebook offers example of what good user experience design looks like

It can feel awfully lonely when you post something on Facebook--a funny status update, a beautiful vacation photo--and get nothing back in the way of comments or "likes." Even Facebook itself occasionally experiences something like this, such as a recent feature that should have made developers very happy.

Apple Pay vs. everyone else: The race to help developers bring buying to mobile

It may not be too long before cashiers greet customers with a cheerful, "cash, credit or Apple Pay?," but for app developers, there may be even more choices available. As expected, Apple launched its own foray into the mobile payment space with a service that will be built into every iPhone 6 device and leverages near field communications (NFC). 

Developers put Apple's promise that apps will 'just work' on iPhone 6 Plus to the test

A bigger iPhone should not lead to bigger problems for app developers, and Apple's assurances with the launch of the iPhone 6 Plus seemed like a relief to many of them on social media.

Report: 46% of iOS apps crash more than 1% of the time

Nearly half, or 46 percent, of iOS apps have more than a 1 percent crash rate, according to mobile app performance firm Crittercism.

The best way for Apple to keep iOS developers loyal

What has become accepted wisdom in app developer circles--deploy to iOS to make money, deploy to Android for reach and engagement--may soon be debunked. A few weeks ago, a company called Tapdaq published a blog post that pulled together the results of an informal survey it conducted with 50 independent app developers. Tapdaq asked about discoverability on Apple's App Store, questions they would like Apple to answer and their overall experience with the platform. Then came the doozy: Half of the developers said they would ditch iOS if they could generate the same revenue elsewhere.

iOS AdThief: Inside the malware that stole revenue from app developers

Most call it AdThief. Others refer to it as "Spad." For iOS app developers, though, it's probably best to describe it as a rare piece of malware targeting Apple devices that has taken a lot of the money they made.

Developers are pretty sure they know why Apple won't let HealthKit apps use iCloud

Developers might want to blame whoever stole naked images of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and other celebrities for a decision by Apple to make some strict new rules about the process of submitting apps based on its HealthKit SDK.

Report: Ads on apps perform twice as better as ads on the mobile Web

Ads on mobile apps perform two times better than those on the mobile web, according to a recent report from Medialets. The firm's Mobile and Tablet Advertising Benchmarks were derived from what the company describes as more than 300 billion data points that occurred between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2014, on its mobile and tablet ad serving platform.

Apple developers reject 'Common App Rejections' rationale

The only thing worse for developers than being rejected by Apple's App Store is having no idea why, but even an attempt to clear up the mystery may not soothe some ruffled feathers.

Look past Google Glass: Developers have options in smart eyewear

If the predictions are true, we'll soon be able to see all kinds of things through "smart glasses," such as maps, notifications and maybe even new kinds of mobile games. The only thing we may not be able to see is how big--or how small--the smart glasses market will be for app developers.

Tom Hanks is not the threat app developers may think he is

He's played everyone from Forrest Gump to Walt Disney, but Tom Hanks as app developer? There are some things so crazy even Central Casting couldn't come up with them. The success of Hanx Writer, the simple iOS app that brings back the sounds and feel of tapping on a manual typewriter to an iPad, has raised nearly as many questions about the future of development as it has eyebrows among the mobile crowd.