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Amazon offers HD opportunity for devs with Appstream

Amazon's plans to make room in its cloud computing service for mobile app developers who want to offer an HD experience are being welcomed with open arms.

Report: Android users more likely than iOS users to share news articles via apps

Android users are two to three times more likely to share articles with friends than iOS users, according to a recent study from Rumble. The New York-based provider of mobile software for publishers tracked event tags on native iOS and Android apps on both phones and tablets using its platform between May and July.

Klamr hopes to integrate social, messaging capabilities with new app

Brian Pelz, CEO and founder of Klamr, spoke to FierceDeveloper contributing editor Mariko Hewer about the company's adoption strategy for its new app and business plans for the next few months.

The Internet of Things needs app developers

Hung LeHong has a pop quiz for you. Within five years, guess how many items in the home of an average affluent American could be connected to the Internet? Think big.

Rating the iOS user experience: Does it stand out?

Developers compare platforms all the time, but France-based Pfeiffer Consulting recently decided to offer a benchmark-style evaluation of the five major mobile OSes to see how well iOS 7 ranked in terms of mobile user experience.

BlackBerry's uncertain future leaves app developers in limbo

For several years now, it's felt as though most developers had their eyes focused on Apple and Google, while BlackBerry was someone on the side, within their peripheral vision. Now I can't imagine the company is in their line of sight at all.

Microsoft's merger of Windows Store, Windows Phone accounts is a hit with devs

Microsoft knows it needs to do more to make potential Windows Phone developers happy, and last week the company took two big steps in that direction.

Distimo, MEF report says free apps with in-app purchases generate 'majority of revenue'

In-app purchases made in free apps are the primary way that developers make money in both of the world's major app stores, according to a report from Distimo and the MEF. The two organizations partnered on a new study of the revenue generated from smartphone apps on a global basis.

Opera's Mobile Store for apps: The pros and cons for developers

Being No. 5 usually isn't something to brag about, but in an area as crowded as the app store market, Opera says it has reasons for developers to reconsider it as a source of distribution, monetization and more. Late last month the Norwegian mobile browser firm reported that its Opera Mobile store has tripled in size over the past year.

Don't imitate Apple's approach to dealing with user feedback on iOS 7

You can dismiss a lot of negative feedback in online forums as mere griping from "comment trolls," but it's going to be harder for Apple to brush Lawrence Lessig aside. The company...

Attendees discuss app opportunities, new SDKs at Samsung's first developer conference

Samsung recently held its first developer conference in San Francisco, where the consumer electronics giant released five different SDKs to create apps for its smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

What the Ubuntu opportunity looks like for mobile app developers

Its code name is "Saucy Salamander," but if Canonical wants its latest operating system to succeed, it has to find a way for Ubuntu 13.10 to slither into more mobile apps. London-based...

When does an app 'hobbyist' become an app developer?

Say what you will about app developers in the U.K., but they certainly can't be accused of taking themselves too seriously. Last week Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) released the results of a survey it...

InMobi: App interstitial ads converting for developers, publishers

The idea of interrupting an app experience with an ad that comes between screens may be scary to developers, but consumers seem to be warming up to "interstitials," based on a recent report from InMobi.

Microsoft's Frank Shaw draws developer heckling over iWork post

Microsoft's corporate VP of communications managed to generate more reaction than anything the company launched last week when he penned a blog post in reaction to Apple's decision to drop fees for its iWork suite of apps.

What's next in free-to-play games?

SAN FRANCISCO--Fully 95 percent of all mobile games in the future will be free to play, predicted one top industry player here at the GMIC show. But what exactly does that mean for the mobile gaming market and the players still hoping to cash in on the space?

How Amazon is trying to ignite developer interest in Fire OS

There were two ways you could respond to the news last week that Candy Crush Saga had arrived in Amazon's App Store. One was to be really excited about being able to play one of the most popular mobile games on a Kindle Fire. The other was to wonder why it took so long to get there.

YouTube, Angry Birds among top iOS, Android apps, says Distimo

The more things change, the more they stay the same, based on some new data from Distimo. To some extent, it seems the "iPhone effect" continues to hold for developers, obviously favoring some of the largest publishers most of all.

What devs are saying about Windows Phone 8 Version 3

For Microsoft and its Windows Phone 8 operating system, the third time may, in fact, be the charm. The company last week announced a major update to its mobile OS, which is designed to show off apps on larger smartphones with brighter screens, such as those Nokia is expected to launch later this year.

The real reason Facebook bought Onavo

Since the news broke last week that Facebook was acquiring Onavo for an undisclosed sum, there has been plenty of speculation about how the startup might play a role in the social networking giant's future ambitions. Onavo is a developer of apps designed to help smartphone users understand how much data apps are taking up on their smartphones and then compress that data.