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Former fring CEO explains Kandy for developers and the future of OTT

Roy Timor Rousso, executive vice president of kloud product strategy at Frisco, Texas-based Genband, is the former CEO of fring, one of the pioneers in free VoIP and video calls, live chat and more for "fringsters." Last fall, Genband acquired fring's OTT mobile IP communications service, which works across multiple smartphone platforms. Rousso sat down with Fierce contributor Monica Alleven to discuss fring's integration into Genband and what he sees as the future of OTT for telecom providers. The following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation.

Nuzzel shows how developers should strive to get 'featured' status in an app store

If anyone should have felt they had a sure thing in terms of getting "featured" status on the Apple App Store, it should have been Nuzzel. The firm, whose news discovery tool was only launched relatively recently, had all the makings of a hit even when it was still in beta. 

Anticipatory computing: The quest for Siri or Google Now-type features for app developers

As frustrated iPhone owners have known for a few years now, there are some things Siri just can't understand. Like this: "Siri, help me to get functionality like yours into my own mobile apps."

App Annie: Freemium makes up 98% of Google Play revenue

Freemium apps contributed almost half of Google Play downloads in May and revenue from freemium apps grew to around 98 percent of total worldwide Google Play revenue in the same month, according to App Annie.

Android L's design: Do developers love it or loathe it?

There were at least a few Google I/O watchers on social media who liked what they saw with Android L.

Yo, developers could learn something from the app everyone's talking about

It's only two letters and one syllable, and yet a mobile app called Yo has already generated more lengthy discussions online than what most developers will ever experience in their entire careers.

Google I/O 2014: What developers think about the Google Fit rumors

With all the walking, standing in line, racing to grab a snack and lugging around backpacks, developers will be getting plenty of exercise when they attend Google I/O. If the rumors about what's being launched are true, though, it's their app development strategies that may need to shape up.

Evans Data: Mobile developers now number 8.7 million worldwide

If indie developers ever feel a little lonely working on mobile apps and games, they should know they're part of a worldwide group that numbers 8.7 million people, according to Evans Data. The Santa Cruz, Calif.-based firm recently released its Worldwide Developer Population and Demographics Study, which culls data from the World Bank data center, CIA World Factbook, the U.S. Census and several other sources.

Maybe BlackBerry should have asked devs before sealing that Amazon Appstore deal

Hold the Fire phone: Amazon is bringing its Appstore to BlackBerry? At a moment when most developers were focusing more on the online juggernaut's launch of its Fire smartphone, BlackBerry momentarily stole the spotlight by announcing that some 200,000 Android apps from the company's app store would be available on its own devices later this summer.

Your app got bad, unfair reviews. Now what?

"SUCKS!" it says, followed by one star. "Garbage. Needs major improvements, very slow app," says another, with an equally low rating. "Not great. Meh, and not accurate," says a third. These are extracts from user reviews of an actual sports app randomly selected on Google Play. Needless to say, it will take considerable work for the developer in question to get enough good feedback to push the rants and diatribes out of the way.

What may stop Apple's App Bundles from bringing joy to developers

We talk about downloads, we talk about installs, but I, for one, never hear about people going "shopping for apps" in an app store. That may soon change for the iOS crowd.

Adobe: iOS apps emerge as the leading channel for 'TV Everywhere' concept

iOS apps now lead as access types for "TV Everywhere" consumption with 43 percent market share in the first quarter of this year, according to Adobe's U.S. Digital Video Benchmark report.

Developers on Twitter don't seem to mind Apple's move to reject 'incentivized' apps

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.

The Flappy Bird effect: Strategies for developers to build off a blockbuster's success

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. 

The quickest way for app developers to make use of Apple's Swift language

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.

Samsung Z launch may not be enough to sway developers on Tizen

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.

Fiksu: Cost of getting loyal app users rises 5%

Launching an app, getting consumers to install an app, keeping app users around--it's all gotten even more expensive, according to Fiksu.

What a cash advance on app revenue ought to do for developers

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.

WWDC 2014: Apple's iOS 8 plans have app developers applauding

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.

Will 'test drive' app ads cure installation phobia?

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.