Software AG buys UK Metismo

Software AG has announced the acquisition of the Metismo, the UK-based creator of Bedrock, the platform that allows developers to write applications for multiple smartpones using Java.

The platform helps smooth out problems caused by the many permutation of handset type and their various idiosyncrasies. The financial details of the deal have not been released.

Software AG specialises in enterprise applications, and says that this acquisition will allow its developers to solve the complex issues around...

By Matthew Henkes, 01 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

This Week in Mobile…

Apple move to protect developers

Last week saw Lodsys try to enforce in-app payment patents against App developers and not against the platforms themselves … This week saw Apple reply with words akin to “not on our watch”.

Surely Lodsys saw this coming? We speculated as to what Apple’s reaction might be, but in hindsight it’s obvious. EVERY platform’s success hinges on an active developer community, so Apple weighing in should come as no surprise.

I think Android and...

By Always On Message, 30 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Survey Finds iPad Increases Business Productivity

A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of engagement agency Seven has found that Apple’s iPad increases productivity for business users.

The survey, which asked over 1,000 ipad users about their device usage, found that even though 80 percent of iPad users also own a smartphone, 35 percent of them favoured using the iPad to work on whilst commuting and 40 percent use it whilst travelling for business.

Further results found that business iPad users interact more with magazines: 61 percent stated they were...

By Always On Message, 27 May 2011, 0 comments.

UK’s First NFC Mobile Payments Service Launched

Orange and Barlaycard have launched the UK’s first contactless mobile payments system – QuickTap – allowing consumers to make purchases using their mobile phone.

The nationwide service, which has been rolled out to over 50,000 stores, allows for payments of £15 and under by tapping the mobile device against a specially designed reader.

The service can be used by those who have a Barclaycard, Barclays debit card or a Orange credit card and a QuickTap enabled handset, the Samsung...

By Always On Message, 20 May 2011, 0 comments.

This Week in Mobile…

Blackberry launch the new Playbook … and promptly issue a recall

 

So RIM get their iPad beater to the US and Canadian market and then have to issue a recall due to a faulty operating system! Initially it was thought 900 devices were affected, although RIM later issued a public statement stating 1000 of the 16Gb models had been affected. Not a good omen, but I still...

By Always On Message, 20 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

App Usage on Smartphones & Tablets

A study conducted by mobile analytics firm Zokem outlines how application usage differs between smartphone and tablet devices, and also compares the time spent using apps compared to web usage.

Unsurprisingly, the results found that application use is more popular than using web browsers on both smartphone and tablet devices. Smartphone users access a web browser 15 percent of the time whilst tablet users access one 39 percent of the time.

Interestingly the study also...

By Always On Message, 19 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

BlackBerry® to host app developer masterclass @ #AppsWorld Africa

With Apps World Africa just two weeks away, in Cape Town on 1-2 June, BlackBerry have announced that they will be running an app development masterclass session at the event.

Hosted by RIM’s senior app development consultant in South Africa Michael Weitzel, this session will provide the technical knowhow that developers require to begin developing apps for the BlackBerry platform across both web and Java.

By Six Degrees, 19 May 2011, 0 comments.

BlackBerry® to host app developer masterclass @ #AppsWorld Africa

With Apps World Africa just two weeks away, in Cape Town on 1-2 June, BlackBerry have announced that they will be running an app development masterclass session at the event.

Hosted by RIM’s senior app development consultant in South Africa Michael Weitzel, this session will provide the technical knowhow that developers require to begin developing apps for the BlackBerry platform across both web and Java.

By Six Degrees, 19 May 2011, 0 comments.

Only 2 weeks until #AppsWorld Africa: Important information

With only two weeks until Social Media World Forum and Apps World Africa land in Cape Town, there are still a limited number of places up for grabs. Bringing you the latest thinking and cutting-edge strategy in social media and apps marketing, design and development, these co-hosted events offer a forum for making valuable industry connections.

If you’re still yet to register, places are limited so don’t delay. Visit the Apps World Africa registration page today.

Both events are running...

By Six Degrees, 18 May 2011, 0 comments.

How Are Consumers Interacting With Smartphones?

35 percent of smartphone users access information on their devices before getting out of bed, according to a recent study conducted by Ericsson ConsumerLab, with 18 percent checking their social network accounts before starting their day.

The study also provides insights into how smartphone users interact with their devices and when:

By Always On Message, 18 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

BlackBerry® to host app developer masterclass @ #AppsWorld Africa

With Apps World Africa just two weeks away, in Cape Town on 1-2 June, BlackBerry have announced that they will be running an app development masterclass session at the event.

Hosted by RIM’s senior app development consultant in South Africa Michael Weitzel, this session will provide the technical knowhow that developers require to begin developing apps for the BlackBerry platform across both web and Java.

By Six Degrees, 18 May 2011, 0 comments.

Apple Sets A Number of World Records

Apple have come up trumps after setting a number of Guinness World Records for the iPhone 4 and App Store.

The iPhone 4 was named the ‘Fastest Selling Portable Gaming System’ after selling an estimated 1.5 million units when it was first released in June of last year. This was in comparison to gaming devices Nintendo’s DS and Sony’s PSP which sold 500,000 units and 200,000 units respectively during the first week of launch.

Apple’s App Store has also received commendation...

By Always On Message, 16 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

#AppsWorld partners with UCT to connect young developers with international brands

The University of Cape Town has partnered with Apps World Africa, offering its budding IT and design students the opportunity to attend the Cape Town show on 1-2 June and meet some of the world’s leading digital brands.

Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, Nokia, Samsung and many more multinational organisations will have a presence at the show, looking to make connections with local talent, as the African digital economy continues to expand and on-the-ground...

By Six Degrees, 16 May 2011, 0 comments.

5 Things Brands Can Learn From The Apprentice

We eagerly tuned in to The Apprentice last night to watch how the teams would respond to the task of creating and launching a smartphone app … it certainly made for interesting viewing!

Whilst the internet is alight with comments (and criticisms) around the parties involved, we thought we would take a look at the lessons brands can learn from the show.

An App Is For Life, Not Just 24 Hours

If the show proved one thing it’s that an app cannot be thought of, designed, developed and pushed...

By Always On Message, 12 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Mobile, Monetisation.

Nokia to host WIPjam developer workshop at #AppsWorld Africa

Apps World has announced that WIP will be hosting one of its famous WIPJam sessions at its South African show in Cape Town on 1-2 June, supported by Nokia.

Popular with mobile and wireless developers around the world, WIPJams offers a unique, highly interactive format, blending “UnPanels” with intimate discussion groups led by industry leaders and developers alike.

WIP is delivering a range of developer tracks at Apps World, supported by Nokia...

By Six Degrees, 12 May 2011, 0 comments.

IDC – Smartphone Market Shares

According to IDC the Western European mobile phone market grew 5 percent year-on-year to 45 million units in Q1 2011.

During this quarter, Samsung shipments increased 5.3 percent year-on-year to 13.2 million units, making it the biggest mobile phone operator in the region with 29.3 percent market share.

Nokia now owns 27.9 percent of the market share, dropping to second place with 12.6 million units...

By Always On Message, 11 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Sky launches developer academy

Broadcasting giant Sky has launched its own developer ‘academy’ to research development of mobile and web apps.

The company is looking for software developers who are getting started in their career, to start work in September. Training will combine technical skills development with hands-on work around a number of projects across the business.

“For anyone looking to embark on a career in this industry it’s a great opportunity to access on the job training and a chance to work on some...

By Matthew Henkes, 09 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Marketing.

Facebook Developer Garage returns to Cape Town for #AppsWorld and #SMWF Africa

The Facebook Developer Garage is returning to Cape Town as part of the Apps World and SMWF Africa developer workshops, providing hands-on, practical advice for grass-roots developers looking to get into the fast-moving and lucrative world of Facebook development.

On Thursday 2 June, day two of Apps World and SMWF Arica, Joey da Silva and Arnand du Plessis, founders of the Facebook Developer Garages in Cape...

By Six Degrees, 03 May 2011, 0 comments.

Merchant sales reporting added to Android Market

Google has added merchant sales reporting to its Android Market, enabling developers to access monthly reports detailing the financial performance of their apps.

Hosted in the Android Market Developer Console, the new reporting functionality will provide analysis of data from Google Checkout, including details of each application sale, device type, sale currency and conversion rate, allowing developers to better manage their pricing schemes.

Reports will be hosted within the Developer Console as well as being...

By Matthew Henkes, 03 May 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile.

Apple iOS still favourite for developers

Despite headlines stating that Android has overtaken iOS as the best selling smartphone phone platform, it would seem that developers are holding on to their preference for Apple’s platform.

Research from Appcelerator, who interviewed almost 3000 developers, cited fragmentation and slow growth of the Android platform as a major reason for opting for iOS.

Distribution over so many different types of devices makes Android marginally less attractive to developers, the report suggested. The differing device...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Development.