As the weather in North America finally starts to warm up, it becomes hard to imagine a lot of people looking for updates via REI's Snow and Ski Report. And yet the app--which allows consumers to set up a customized series of alerts about conditions where they want to hit the slopes--is the first one that Brent Hieggelke cites as an example of using push notifications properly.
It's hard enough for iOS developers to monetize their own mobile apps and games, but now they face the kind of competition some might never have expected: an app store in China that allows free downloads without a jailbreak.
E-mail may remain the most popular activity among 78 percent of the smartphone-using population, but it's followed closely by browsing and connecting via social media, according to a survey of more than 7,000 people by Facebook and research firm IDC.
You don't need to be a theoretical physicist to develop a great mobile app, but some basic understanding of how business and entrepreneurship really works would probably help. I was reminded of this recently when I caught a rerun of The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom from CBS that features the exploits of a group of scientists at a university in Pasadena, Calif.
Roger Wehbe thought he had every reason to be excited. He was already the developer behind Ounce.me, a popular mobile app that helps users keep track of the real-time spot price of Bitcoins, the decentralized virtual currency that allows peer-to-peer payments without financial institutions. Then, in early April, the value of Bitcoins skyrocketed tenfold to more than $200.
No matter what happens with AppGratis and Apple's App Store, developer opinion online is decidedly mixed about the tactics being taken by both sides.
The official slogan for Google Drive is "Keep anything, share everything." As mobile app developers have occasionally learned the hard way, however, it does not mean users should be able to do everything. That helps explain the company's recent decision to launch App Data Folders and suggests a new understanding about developer and user control.
They may be working as independent one-man shops in many cases, but when it comes to connecting with software vendors, developers are literally getting with the program, according to a recent study by Evans Data.
You can find out a lot about Candy Crush Saga when you watch the video trailer. There is footage of all the animated treats players need to match. Viewers are introduced to some of the game's main characters. And it's described as "delicious" and "sweet." All this, in only 16 seconds.
First Facebook, then Google: WhatsApp seems to be the developer that's generating takeover rumors the way its users generate text messages.
Leave it to Walter Mossberg to explain what should be glaringly obvious to the entire world. In a recent Wall Street Journal column the gadget guru addressed a question that probably still comes off the lips of its executive readers who buy a Windows Phone 8 device and wonder why it doesn't have Siri.
To some developers, the announcement of Facebook Home could be the beginning of new opportunities to create apps that work with one of the world's most popular social services. For others, the competition on Android just got more intense.
Keep iOS apps free but offer some opportunities for consumers to open their wallets once they're engaged: that sums up the main takeaways from Distimo's recent research report: "How The Most Successful Apps Monetize Their User Base." The Netherlands-based company, which provides an app store analytics tool, looked at the highest-grossing 250 apps in Apple's App Store in February that have been released in the last year.
Launched five years ago, Evernote has tried it all when it comes to testing. The company, which provides note-taking software across a variety of mobile and desktop platforms, has conducted expensive focus-group testing and currently relies on thousands of beta testers as well as a third-party testing vendor in order to tweak its applications to maximize user engagement.
There are lots of ways an app developer can feel like a winner: attracting tens of thousands of downloads, getting featured in a major app store or earning real money through advertising or in-app purchases. And if none of those things happen, you can always try to win a contest.
Some people download apps when they want to have some fun. Others do it when they need something that will help them solve a particular problem. Me? I tend to download apps during emergencies, like when my kids are screaming in a public place.
Developers see real-time Web and data communication as one of their biggest opportunities and are starting to prioritize accordingly, according to a new research report from platform provider Kaazing.
The former Research In Motion knew that when it launched BlackBerry 10 and the related device Z10, it was going to be all about the apps. Whether it has managed to satisfy potential developers and users is another matter.
All Lee Jacobson wanted was some answers--even if they were expensive to obtain--that would improve the games Atari was putting out. Instead, he felt like he was blind.
When I first heard about the idea I was immediately suspicious: A company that is offering to mine developers' user data for cash by collecting location information for "market research purposes?" This had the makings of a class-action lawsuit if ever I heard of one, and it would be up to me to expose this nefarious scheme for what it was.