It seemed like a long time coming, but the latest billion-dollar app acquisition has the developer community focused on the road ahead for mapping, big data and many other opportunities. Google confirmed its takeover of Waze, a social app that lets users improve their driving experience through crowdsourced traffic reports and turn-by-turn GPS navigation.
The battle for smartphone market share between Apple and Google may not be all it seems, based on some recently published research from Flurry. The San Francisco-based mobile app analytics firm said it examined four years' worth of iOS and Android mobile ownership.
As expected, Apple made the debut of iOS 7 the highlight of its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, along with new MacBook Air laptops and a desktop platform, OS Maverick.
If some of the rumors about this week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) and iOS 7 are true, expect app developers to be flat-out resistant to the user interface changes.
FierceDeveloper contributor Jason Ankeny spoke to Srinivas Krishnamurti, VMware's senior director of mobile product management, about the Horizon Mobile rollout, the state of bring-your-own-device adoption and why usability is everything.
Let's hope security is high on the agenda at Google I/O this week because the level of Android-related malware has more than doubled within the last two years, according to the most recent research from NQ Mobile.
A few weeks ago, I went to an invitation-only event featuring a visit from Vadim Larusik, who manages a program at Facebook to help journalists make better use of its social media platform. He spent the better part of an hour talking about how news sites could use a "like" button, how TV news reporters could upload raw footage to their Facebook account and use their status updates as a sort of online town hall with their audience.
While the IT industry applauded the launch announcements for a Firefox Phone by ZTE, Alcatel, LG and Huawei at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, this week, developers have already been talking about how Mozilla's operating system and device effort will change the app world.
Android and iOS may compete fiercely for developer attention, but those that don't create apps for either platform can expect to make half as much money as their peers, according to a recent research report.
Companies that test, analyze and preview mobile applications were big winners with venture capital firms in October. According to Rutberg & Co. report on venture capital financing, 91 mobile companies received $360 million in VC financing in October.