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.

Is There An App For That?: Personal Trainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are hundreds of course, ranging from free to the best part of ten quid.  And guess what, they're almost all identical. The handful I checked out offer every variation on bending, stretching,...

By Chris Thompson, 25 October 2011, 0 comments.

Microsoft collects fees from over half of Chrome and Android manufacturers

Microsoft is collecting millions of dollars in patent licenses from Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) producing smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices running Android and Chrome.

Following a recent deal with the Taiwanese firm Compal Electronics, the tech giant now has more than half of the worldwide ODMs for Android and ChromeOS devices now paying it patent royalties. 

ODMs are manufactures that produce products for other firms to sell under their brand.

Compal Electronics, for instance, is...

By Matthew Henkes, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Microsoft.

Blackberry's 'BBX' software in potential legal battle

The announcement of RIM Blackberry’s new software, BBX, last week could cause a legal rift from an Abuquerque-based software development company.

BASIS International has trademarked the name ‘BBx’ for its language software, database and toolset. Its users are now left confused after RIM’s press release, which could harm its reputation as a cross-platform application development program. BASIS Chairman and CEO, Nico Spence, said: "We have thousands of product licenses...

By Dani Millward, 24 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Development.

Social media and apps to generate half of online sales

Analysts have predicted that social media and mobile apps will account for 50% of online sales for businesses by 2015.

IT research firm Gartner said that vendors will offer applications based on their e-commerce market, which can be accessed via a browser or mobile phone. As mobiles are set to overtake PCs, mobile internet will soon become the dominant interaction channel.

During Gartner’s IT Symposium, analysts revealed that around...

By Dani Millward, 21 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Mobile Analytics, Monetisation, Social.

Blackberry's free app-ology to users

Blackberry is offering free apps to their users after its internet service failed last week.

RIM has announced that their users will have access to apps worth more than $100 (around £55) in total for free, along with corporate customers getting a month of technical support.

The free software will be available on Blackberry’s App World in the next few weeks, with apps including Bejeweled, iSpeech Translator Pro and Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant. The offer will run until the end of the year.

Co-CEO...

By Dani Millward, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise App Stores.

iPhone 4S release gets thousands waiting

Queues full of customers waiting in line for hours could be seen outside Apple stores this morning as the new iPhone 4S was released around the world.

It became available to buy from 8am today in countries including the UK, US, Australia, Japan and Germany.

Some customers camped outside stores for days to get their hands on the last product Steve Jobs developed. Preorders for the new iPhone exceeded 1 million.

Kate Williams from Bristol queued up at the city’s flagship store. She said: “It was...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Mobile.

Google Android has 190 million activated devices

Google Android has hit 190 million activated devices since release.

A new version of Android’s OS system may be out by the end of the year. Code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, it’s optimized to join smartphones and tablets together.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, said: “I’m super excited about the soon to be released new version of Android called Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s right, Ice Cream Sandwich. You don’t believe what we’ve managed to get done in this...

By Dani Millward, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Was iOS 5 worth the wait?

Apple’s much anticipated iOS 5 was launched yesterday. The new operating system offers a range of new features and enhancements for Apple devices.

  • The new notification system is the biggest new feature. Messages are displayed at the top of your screen, meaning you can continue on the app you’re currently working on, without having to worry about the notification. You can also customize this feature to suit your needs.
  • Apple’s take on Blackberry Messenger is also available, where you can send group or individual message to people...

By Dani Millward, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: iOS.

Android vs Apple: The race for app downloads gets tougher

Android downloads are continuing their encroachment on the dominance of iOS, and could soon overtake their arch rival, according to new figures.

A report by download tracker Xyologic found that Apple was currently still a fair way ahead, with 1.45 billion downloads, compared to Android’s 640 million last month.

However, this could all change within the next year, as both platforms will hold around 3.2bn downloads by June 2012.

Matthaus Krzykowski, cofounder of Xyologic, said: “In the coming...

By Dani Millward, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise App Stores, iOS.

Facebook pushes to become entertainment platform with new social apps

Facebook has announced its partnership with 33 European partners to launch a range of new social media apps.

Consumers will soon be able to access music, movies and news on their mobiles via Facebook after Spotify, The Guardian, The Independent and Vevo signed up to create their own apps. Developers, meanwhile, will be able to create their own action as part of their app based on the 'Like" social pluggin and be able to customise ways of sharing their content such as "watch" or "read" and which will be...

By Verity Gough, 26 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development, Mobile, Social.

Property hunting TV app set to launch

Property listings website, Rightmove has announced it is to launch a new ap for Samsung’s web-enabled Smart TV range.

It is the latest brand to sign up to create aps for Samsung and is in good company with the likes of YouTube, LoveFilm, BBC iPlayer and Teletext Holidays who have already launched their own aps.

The house-finder app will be available towards the end of the year and enables users to hunt for homes using the website’s listings via Samsung's Smart TV.

Commenting on the new ap,...

By Verity Gough, 02 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Marketing, Samsung.