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.

Dollar apps ‘killing’ traditional gaming

A leading figure in the gaming sector has voiced fears about the effect that mobile gaming is having on his industry, becoming the latest in a line of individuals to voice concerns about the effect that cheap gaming apps are having on sales of more expensive, console based titles.

Writing in the gaming title IndustryGamers, Mike Capps, president of Epic Games said that dollar apps were ‘killing’ the traditional gaming industry. “How do you sell someone a $60 game that's really worth it?...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Android Market to overtake Apple App Store

The Android app store has more free apps and will soon be larger than Apple’s, according to a report from app store analyst Distimo.

Apple’s store has led the field since its inception in 2008, offering thousands more applications than any of its competitors, but that could all come to an end if growth trends continue.

Google Android Market will overtake its key rival in just five months if this happens, said the report, with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace growing to become the...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise App Stores, Mobile.

US Army to launch own app store

The US Army is planning to launch its own app store in August, offering a range of operational apps like productivity tools and procedural manuals.

Army Marketplace, as it’s called, so far features 17 Android apps and 16 for iPhones, designed by soldiers. However, the US government has not yet certified any mobile device as secure enough to be able to access its networks.

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has begun working on certifying the iPhone, though this process is expected to...

By Matthew Henkes, 28 April 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile.

Help us design the iOS developer workshop for #AppsWorld Africa

What’s your preference for the Apps World Africa iOS developer workshop? See the options below and tweet your choice into the #appsworld hashtag.

We want to make sure developers get the most value possible out of Apps World Africa on 1-2 June in Cape Town. Herman Lintvelt, software development expert, distinguished development trainer and founder and director of the South African software specialist Polymorph Systems, will be delivering an Apps World developer workshop on...

By Six Degrees, 20 April 2011, 0 comments.

Google’s Android Developer Challenge comes to Apps World Africa 2011

Google Android have partnered up with Apps World Africa to host a range of free to attend tracks called ‘Droid World’ for android developers at the event on the 1-2 June in Cape Town.

The developer tracks, in partnership with local android developer Afrozaar will run a series of workshops for android developers, and coincide with the launch of the the Android Developer Challenge for Sub-Saharan Africa. The competition will open for entries from across Africa on the the...

By Six Degrees, 20 April 2011, 0 comments.

Free Samsung bada and Orange Partner Developer Workshop

Ever wondered what it would look like if an operator and hardware manufacturer made out? Well, we think the result would be something like an afternoon of walkthroughs, open-source stuff, prize giveaways (high end bada-powered Wave smartphones and bada books), cookies and live code. We’ll have experts on hand to work on your ideas and plans, answering your questions and solving your issues to ensure you can get faster...

By Six Degrees, 12 April 2011, 0 comments.

Cape Town: Samsung launches SMILe- mobile Africa innovation lab

Samsung Electronics has partnered up with the University of Cape Town to drive innovation in mobile technology development.

Unprecedented growth in the popularity of mobile handsets across the region has already had a remarkable effect on peoples’ lives. The UCT Samsung Mobile Innovation Laboratory (SMILe), Samsung’s first such initiative in Africa, is a multimillion-rand project that aims to encourage further development of mobile...

By Six Degrees, 06 April 2011, 0 comments.