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App developers pick the mobile moments that mattered in 2014

From new smartphones, operating systems and all kinds of APIs, this has been a year with more opportunities for app makers and just as many challenges.  FierceDeveloper  reached out to a handful to get their take on what hit home over the past year. 

Amazon's move to charge for mobile games shakes up developers on Twitter

Even for what has arguably become the world's most successful online retailer, Amazon surprised some app developers with its decision to start charging for high-end mobile games. 

The only way developers can take on the 'peak app' argument

I have an idea for a mobile game: Consumers get bombarded with statistics after statistics, which they have to quickly assess and press a button when they think they've seen something that will prove the app stores are now crowded beyond all sanity. The game would be called "Peak App."

Developers totally 'get' Apple's decision to yank the word 'free' from the App Store

Apple put a lot of new things into the market this year--the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2 and plans for an Apple Watch--but 2014 will also mark the moment it took out something important: the word "free" from its App Store.

What developers made of Amazon's move to put its app store in an Android app

Amazon may be one of the most widely known online stores in the world, but a recent stealth tactic may help it become one of the most widely known app stores within the Android market.

What if the mobile game blockbusters never leave the app store charts?

I am trying to remember the last hit song that I wanted desperately to stop playing on the radio, but in an age of streaming music the only thing that comes back to me are the really old ones. When I was a teenager, for example, there was "The Sign," from Ace of Base, which enjoyed at least 14 weeks in the No. 1 spot on my local station. Even the DJs seemed sick of it, but in the grand scheme of things it's nothing like the enduring success that certain mobile games enjoy.

How developers reacted to Apple's 64-bit app ultimatum

iOS developers now know what they'll be doing over the upcoming holiday season: making sure their current and future apps are able to support 64-bit computing based on a strict commandment from Apple.

App Annie: Top 5 health and fitness app downloads grew 2.3 times year-over-year

Downloads of the top five health and fitness apps grew 2.3 times year-over-year since August, according to App Annie's Spotlight on the Connected Devices report.  

Report: 47% of iPhone users found their latest app through app store search

Nearly half, or 47 percent, of all iOS users found their last app via an App Store search, according to a recent study published by MobileDevHQ. The firm also found that Google Play's search played an even bigger role for Android apps. The company's research was based on a survey of 875 U.S.-based smartphone users.

The HTML5 opportunity app developers may be overlooking

There have been all kinds of words used to play PuzzleSocial's mobile games, but even if "HTML5" has never been one of them, it may still be the clue that helps Jeb Balise discover the best way to promote his app studio's products. Balise, who is based in New York and is probably best known for Crosswords for Facebook and more recently Daily Celebrity Crossword, is among those experimenting with an approach to create "light" versions of his titles on HTML5.