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Report: Most Windows developers struggle with mobile app transition

The recent acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft may not do a lot to help the world's largest software company attract more users to Windows Phone apps, according to a recent study by Embarcadero.

Developers eye opportunities in iOS 7 Sept. 18 launch

"The wait is over," was the theme of many stories covering Apple's launch event on Sept. 10, but for developers and their customers, the prospect of holding out another week for iOS 7 felt like almost too much to bear.

Why Apple won't let developers near Touch ID in the iPhone 5S

There was probably about as much chance of Apple allowing third-party apps to make use of the fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S as there was of the Sept. 10 launch event being live-streamed. Still, indie developers have reasons to be disappointed. 

What developers are saying about Apple's Sept. 10 launch event

Just like their customers, they're following the rumors. Just like their customers, they're watching and waiting to see what happens on Sept. 10. And just like their customers, developers already have plenty of opinions about what Apple may or may not launch.

Google gaining on Apple's iPhone in major app categories

The world will be watching Apple and its plans for the mobile market this week, but the competition from Google continues to come on all fronts, according to a recent report from comScore. The company released data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix products for July 2013 showing a variety of trends around smartphone adoption, platforms and top apps.

The iPhone 5S effect: How developers could cash in on the Apple announcements

Don't even bother typing "iPhone 5S" into Google. The volume of search results will be overwhelming. Try a term like "iPhone 5S apps" instead, however, and you'll immediately notice a void.

The iPhone 5S counter-attack that Apple's rivals overlooked

This circling of Apple's rivals the week before its fall launch was obviously intended to capture consumer and industry attention before it was completely diverted by the iPhone 5S, or whatever Apple chooses to announce. It probably won't work--it's going to be all iPhone 5S, all the time for at least the next week or so.

Jumptap: 84% of traffic coming from mobile apps vs. Web apps

Mobile apps are alive and well even as tablet marketshare shifts, according to Jumptap. The audience measurement software provider's latest MobileSTAT report for August mines large quantities of network data to identify targeting and audience trends.

Developers choose sides in Siri-Google Glass feud

They represent some of the most innovative ways in which Apple and Google are trying to increase engagement with consumers, but developers couldn't get enough of the humor inspired by a mock feud between iOS virtual assistant Siri and the wearable technology Google Glass last week.

Qualcomm's Uplinq 2013: Inside the developer relations strategy

Before she took on her role as senior director of developer relations at San Diego-based Qualcomm, Lauren Thorpe spent her career in stints at Helio, Hands-On Mobile and THQ Wireless. That means she learned first-hand about the kind of opportunities and challenges facing developers attending Qualcomm's Uplinq conference, which takes place Sept. 3-5 near its headquarters in San Diego.

It's time for Apple to open up about its App Store algorithm changes

The rankings within app stores--any app store, from any provider--shouldn't be harder to interpret than Egyptian hieroglyphics. Unfortunately for developers, however, the thinking of some platform vendors, Apple in particular, can be more inscrutable than the Sphinx.

Developers shocked to learn that 40% of all BlackBerry apps are from same firm

Not many developers can claim they've created close to 50,000 apps, but after a recent scandal involving troubled smartphone provider BlackBerry, many of them probably wouldn't want to.

Distimo: Apple's App Store anniversary promotions didn't change app rankings

Apple's five-year App Store anniversary gift to consumers didn't necessarily pay off in terms of downloads, according to a recent report from Distimo. The analytics firm introduced a new monthly report which looks at the top apps across all major platforms and breaks down adoption by geography and top titles.

Is it time for app developers to declare 'game over'?

It's not like Peter Relan doesn't like mobile games; in fact, it would be ridiculous to think he doesn't like mobile games. He just sees the big money happening somewhere else.

How Voxer is pushing push-to-talk apps into the future

FierceDeveloper contributor Jason Ankeny spoke to Voxer CTO Matt Ranney about the firm's push into the enterprise segment, the evolution of mobile voice communication and the importance of embracing native development. With enterprise adoption booming, this summer Voxer introduced two professional-grade apps. Voxer Pro, priced at a $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year, adds new features like Live Interrupt Mode, allowing users to hear chats outside of the app.

Instagram's trademark crackdown a warning shot for developers

There are few questions that seem more relevant in an age of digital marketing than, "What's in a name?" For a developer, or more specifically for an app, the name can be almost everything. The name represents the brand, and the brand represents all the attributes that should hopefully make consumers want to download (or even better, pay for) the actual app.

Apple's new 'Kids' category, revised guidelines make sense to app developers

Based on their Twitter comments, developers are more than ready to better protect children's use of mobile apps by following the revised iOS guidelines released by Apple late last week.

Canalys: Why aren't more of the top iOS apps on Android tablets?

If you're looking for the best of the iOS apps on your Android tablet, you may be out of luck, based on the latest App Interrogator research report. Released late last week by Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm Canalys, the study looked at aggregated rankings of tablet apps across both platforms and conducted manual reviews of each app's optimization.

What the convergence of mobile games on messaging apps could mean

I'm not really smart enough to argue with the late Marshall McLuhan, but I'm beginning to think that perhaps the medium isn't the message. For app developers, the message may be the new platform.

Apps That Inspire Me: Developers share their favorite downloads

Consumers show their preferences by what they download from app stores, but what resonates with other developers is not always as easy to identify. With that in mind, FierceDeveloper recently reached out to entrepreneurs across the country and asked them to pick a few titles that set the standard for excellence. This is what they told us.