Despite all of the attention paid to mobile apps and app storefronts, a global survey of developers from Vision Mobile found that "e-Commerce will account for 2.5 times as much revenue as all the other sources put together at $300 billion." FierceDeveloper spoke with Mark Wilcox, senior business analyst at Vision Mobile about what developers can do to incorporate e-commerce into their apps, the drive for subscription revenue and more. Hot Seat
Facebook and its Instagram photo service, Google's YouTube, Netflix and Snapchat make up 61 percent of U.S. mobile application data traffic, according to a new report from network vendor Ericsson. The phenomenon is similar in other developed markets, the report found.
Apple is not immune to global currency fluctuations. Last week it changed the prices of mobile apps in multiple markets, including Canada and Europe. The move marks perhaps Apple's most concerted push yet to counteract currency changes.
It might be possible to figure out how consumers respond to and think about mobile applications on an individual level, but it's traditionally been much harder for developers to get a holistic...
As apps and mobile games get more sophisticated, tools are emerging that are intended to address gaps in some developers' skill sets and foster better collaboration among those who come more from a designer or development background. Special report
As app retention and app engagement become more critical, a number of firms are beginning to create APIs and software development kits aimed at analyzing an app user's emotions much more directly. In some cases it involves scanning biological indicators and matching them against a library of others. Special report
Microsoft is taking steps to clean up its application storefront by removing apps whose name, category listing or icon might mislead customers. So far, Microsoft has removed 1,500 such apps and plans to keep on working with developers in an effort to clean up the store.
The vast mobile applications ecosystem, enabled by the ability of apps to run on a shared smartphone infrastructure or operating system, has created open doors for hackers that want to obtain personal information from mobile device users. And the threat is believed to extend across Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems, according to a group of university researchers.
Verizon Communications wants to build a new coalition of wireless carriers and device makers to create an application storefront that would be an alternative to Google's Play Store, according to a report from The Information. The new store could let app developers take advantage of network-specific functionality, advertise their wares in the store and give consumers more proactive tips about which apps to use, the report said.
If the frenzy of acquisitions in the mobile application analytics market continues, it's going to be difficult for developers to keep track of where all the mobile app data is going and, more importantly, who's the best provider of services that will help them boost their businesses. Special report.