Windows Phone hasn't managed to achieve the kind of developer mindshare of Apple's iOS or Google Play, but if the early Twitter reaction is any indication, Microsoft may have much better success with its new Windows Holographic effort.
Earlier this month, Marco Arment, an iOS developer based out of Westchester County, N.Y., posted something that will probably end up proving far more viral than any app he or most of his peers will make. It was a post about Apple.
If they're trying to be really proactive and competitive, app developers have probably been getting used to terms like lifetime value of a user, customer engagement and smart push. On the other hand, I doubt many are spending a lot of time thinking about the "cognitive overhead" they have to overcome.
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.
Nearly 50 percent of enterprise app developers say their organizations fail to lock down user interface within an agreed upon timeframe, adding huge challenges to getting them done, according to a recent report from Kony.
Even with many of today's analytics tools, you can't tell a lot about your app or game's users besides their gender, age and so on. However, a range of tools are coming out that attempt to track everything from "sentiment analysis" (how people feel about an app) to predictions about future behavior.
Developers are always hoping for more customers, but forcing users to watch video install ads on their smartphone may not be the best option, based on social media commentary.
Seventy-five percent of people in the U.S. and Canada who use apps at work are happy in their jobs, according to a report from Softchoice. The managed services firm, which sells apps via the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, gathered responses from 1,000 professionals for its research.
For a company that's recently been trying to repair its relationship with app developers, Twitter's move to track other apps among its users may not be helping much.
It came out a little early to be considered a holiday gift, but if it had been, app developers might be approaching Apple about exchanging the first version of the WatchKit SDK for something that would let them make better Apple Watch apps.