Business apps to be adapted for tablets, as mobile use at workplace grows

Business apps for media tablets are moving towards supporting business initiatives rather than personal productivity.

According to research firm Gartner Inc, tablets are becoming more popular in business; enterprise software vendors want to sell tablet versions of its software, but will need to modify them in order to be more usable and functional on a mobile platform.

“Success lies in how the vendor re-factors the apps in a meaningful way, rather than just duplicating the traditional desktop or browser...

By Dani Millward, 16 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Tablet.

Android grabs over half of smartphone market share

The massive variety of phones offering Google’s operating software, plus a huge increase in global smartphone sales, have contributed to more than half of new devices being sold running Android, according to new figures from research firm Gartner.

Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, was released last month, aiming to deliver a consistent user experience across the many types of handset currently running the Android software.

Android’s market share has more than doubled in the last year, with the...

By Matthew Henkes, 16 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Microsoft, Mobile.

Is There An App For That?: 3D Video Camera

Nope, there is no actual 3D video camera app.  Whilst there is an app called '3D Camera' it just displaces the image slightly and applies an RGB light filter to the displaced layers creating that effect you get in 3D Movies, viewable with 3D specs.  One way to kill a bit of time with your 3D movie pals I guess but not for techno-hipster futurologists like me.  Oh no, when I say 3D I really mean 3D.

For example, take a photo and immediately render a perceptive perfect 3D...

By Chris Thompson, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

Who's set to benefit from TV apps?

While we haven’t really yet seen the TV Apps trend take off into the stratosphere like we’ve been expecting, there’s little doubt in the industry that when connected TV hits the mainstream, it’s going to usher in a seismic industry shakeup.

Apps Tech News caught up with a man who has a great insight into the TV app industry, Andy Eardley, director of the international TV app development specialist company, The TV App Agency. They specialise in cross platform software and app...

By Dani Millward, 14 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Marketing, Monetisation.

Amazon buys its own Siri service

Amazon purchased new voice-recognition technology two months ago, according to a new filing from the SEC.

The startup, named Yap, offers voice-to-text transcription that was originally aimed at teenagers in 2007. It then expanded to voicemail services, which mysteriously shut down in October.

The document doesn’t state Amazon’s name, however Yap has recently joined a company called ‘Dion Acquisition Sub Inc’, which is based in Seattle at the same address...

By Dani Millward, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development, Tablet.

Press 'APP' For Customer Service












Image Credit: The Vinyl Anachronist

Unlike slow cafe service there are some deals we can't just get up and walk out on.  Everyone relates to the frustration of Interactive Voice...

By Chris Thompson, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing.

Amazon Kindle Fire gets 1000s more apps

Thousands more applications and games will be available to use on the Amazon Kindle Fire when it's launched next week.

People across the US will be able to access many Android apps, including Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and The Weather Channel, alongside games from Zynga, EA and Rovio.

Customers will also be offered a paid app for free every day. All apps downloaded from the Amazon

By Dani Millward, 10 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, Research, Tablet.

New apps to aid Walmart's holiday shopping experience

Walmart Inc has released new mobile applications to help customers plan their weekly food shop and have a better and seamless shopping experience online.

The American retail giant has designed the apps for millions of customers, in order to give better access to its 3,800 US stores, and, through smartphones and media tablets.

The free iPhone and

By Dani Millward, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Mobile, Research, Tablet.

Adobe Stops Development of Flash Mobile Browser

Adobe has ceased the development of Flash Player for browsers on mobile devices, ZDNet reports citing an upcoming announcement from Adobe.

“Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations,” says Adobe’s announcement which is reportedly due to be released today.

Instead, Adobe...

By 3Squared, 09 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Tablets aren’t just big phones: Insights from Apps World NY

We sat in on an interesting panel at Apps World in New York this week, a two day event dedicated to the latest developments in the field of multiplatform apps.

This particular panel explored the differences in development strategy between mobile and tablet apps; and produced a couple of interesting insights on design and development strategy from the point of view of organisations that have designed and published award winning apps.

Devin Pedzwater, creative...

By Matthew Henkes, 04 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, iOS.

New app, Zeebox, aids social TV viewing

A new app has been launched to incorporate TV and social media together, offering a new interactive experience when watching TV programmes.

Zeebox, a new dual-screen iPad app, combines live programme information and real-time viewing figures, whilst having access to social networks.

BBC iPlayer creator Anthony Rose made the first dual-screen app of its kind, which changes the experience of watching TV. By connecting your Facebook account to...

By Dani Millward, 03 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Social, Tablet.

Big brand names embrace Apps

More than 90% of the world’s biggest brands are now using mobile apps as a tool to engage consumers, according to a new report.

Distimo, the insights group, assessed the presence of the 100 members of Interbrand’s 2011 Best Global Brands ranking in leading app stores such as those run by Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon.

In all, 91% of organisations boasted at least one application in these outlets, a figure which had grown from 51% in a similar study published in 2010.

Disney led the charts...

By 3Squared, 31 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Analytics.

How Do Users Interact with News on Tablets? Q4 2011

77 percent of US tablet users use their device daily and spend an average of 90 minutes on them according to a study by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism in collaboration with The Economist Group.

The study highlights that the consumption of news and sending and receiving emails are amongst the most popular activities on tablet devices. Social networking, gaming, reading books and watching movies and videos follow after.

The Consumption...

By Always On Message, 28 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile Analytics, Tablet.

10 Ways to make your app stand out in the mobile crowd

You’ve had your million-dollar idea, and you’ve turned it into an app. Now you’re ready to release it upon the world.

But you’ve got one big problem: you now have to compete with the hundreds of thousands of apps already jumping up and down and vying for the attention of consumers. So how to make your app stand out from the crowd? Here’s a checklist of ideas to help you make your app more visible.

1. Get good user reviews

Reviews can play a vital role in a...

By 3Squared, 27 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development, Marketing.