Microsoft's Xamarin purchase: 3 key takeaways for app developers

Microsoft has added a mobile app development platform provider to its portfolio. The technology giant has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows C# and F# developers to build mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows devices.What does Microsoft's acquisition of Xamarin mean for app developers?

Crush that candy, devs: Verto Analytics, Appnique offer tips to boost a mobile app's shelf life

Today's app developers may want to design and deploy the next Candy Crush Saga--that is, a mobile title that users will download and enjoy for years. However, creating an app with a lengthy shelf life is a real challenge, particularly in a highly competitive global app marketplace.

Microsoft razes its Project Astoria Android-Windows 10 bridge, disappointing devs

Microsoft has stopped working on the Project Astoria "bridge" designed to bring Android apps to Windows 10 devices. Here are the details.

Mobile, personalized in-app ads present 'a new privacy threat,' Georgia Tech study shows

A new study conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Computer Science indicated the personal data of millions of smartphone users remains at risk due to in-app advertising that can leak potentially sensitive user information between ad networks and mobile app developers.

Ready to build an app? Here are 3 app makers you need to know about

Developing an app rarely proves to be a quick, easy endeavor. Fortunately, several companies recently have launched app builders to help developers create innovative offerings for a range of platforms.

MWC 2016: Three big stories app developers may have missed

Which newsmakers made noise at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? Here's a closer look at three MWC stories that will directly affect app developers this year.

Adobe releases Experience Manager Mobile, uncovers high expectations from developers

Adobe is providing app developers with a platform designed to "simplify the process of building and managing visually appealing enterprise applications that are as easy to use as consumer apps."

Facebook 'undisputed leader' in mobile advertising, study shows

Facebook earned the top spot in the power rankings for every category and region among platforms included in a new mobile advertising study from mobile marketing analytics platform provider AppsFlyer.

Connecting with users makes app marketing as much art as science, AppsFlyer, Localytics stats show

When are mobile device users downloading apps most frequently? And what draws these users to certain apps over others? A new study from mobile app tracking platform provider AppsFlyer provided insights into these questions

The top 3 risky behaviors that threaten Android app security

Malware, Trojans, fragmentation: Many cybersecurity dangers threaten Android application developers. And as new risks develop, Android developers must understand how to identify and eliminate such issues.

Mobile gamers 6x more likely to pay in another game after initial in-app purchase, study says

Mobile gamers who completed an in-app purchase in one game are more likely to pay in another title, according to a new report from mobile game analytics provider SOOMLA. Here are the details.

Back to the future: Apple debunks Jan. 1, 1970 iOS device bug, says it's actually May 1

Jan. 1, 1970 is a day that lives in infamy for many iOS users. Although some users claimed setting the date on an iOS device to this date would provide access to Easter eggs, Apple said doing so can "brick" an iPad or iPhone.

Application Developers Alliance's Jake Ward on resolving 'disconnection' between devs, employers and media

The Application Developers Alliance serves as "a non-profit global membership organization supporting developers as creators, innovators and entrepreneurs." But what does this mean? And how does the ADA support the app development community?

From Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian, celebrities cash in on mobile games

A Taylor Swift mobile game? In the past, this might have been an option only in your "wildest dreams." But thanks to Glu Mobile, you won't have to wait long to experience a Taylor Swift game on your smartphone or tablet.

Developers rank Android first among platforms, study shows

A new survey of more than 1,000 app developers conducted by mobile advertising platform provider Inmobi Insights revealed Android was the top platform used by developers.

Mozilla ends development on Firefox OS for smartphones, prompting devs to question its vision

Mozilla has informed developers it will end development on Firefox OS for smartphones after the version 2.6 release.

You're never too old to become an app developer -- just ask Donald Rumsfeld

The average app developer is approximately 29 years old, according to a recent survey from programming site Stack Overflow. However, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has proven that anyone can become an app developer, regardless of age.

Appnique, Enola Labs, Gummicube shape the keys to boosting an app's visibility

App discoverability often challenges developers. And as more apps become available, many developers are considering innovative solutions to ensure consumers can discover their offerings quickly and easily.

Siri leads Google Now in usage, study shows

A new study from consumer technology research firm revealed more than half of iPhone owners use Siri voice recognition software, while less than one-third of Android phone owners leverage Google Now.

Parse stuns mobile developers, announces platform's retirement

Facebook will fully retire its Parse mobile development platform on Jan. 28, 2017, a move that left many app developers searching for answers.