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Amazon Appstore comes to Japan

Amazon Appstore comes to Japan

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Japan welcomes the arrival of Amazon as a new choice for an Android tablet portal. The giant in online retail announced earlier today that customers in Japan can now access content for their Android devices and Kindle Fire products.Amazon Appstore details for Japan include:Localized content and a localized mobile storePopular Amazon Appstore features like the “Free App ...

Google and Apple tax on developers

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Before Apple sent its iPhone out into the world, anyone with a great idea for a cellphone app had to deal with the carriers — a difficult and time-consuming proposition. Apple simplified the process so a bright high school student could bring an app to market.What’s a fair price for offering that platform? Apple concluded that it was 30 percent of the price of...

Cloud based apps

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Developing mobile applications for the cloud can be tricky work. Here's how to choose a platform and decide if your back-end systems are up to the task.What's expanding at the same blistering pace as your company's mobile workforce? How about the demands those users are making for a software experience that rivals the one they get on a desktop?For many companies, a ...

iphone 5 sales knock Android sales into #2 spot

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

[The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that strong uptake of the iPhone 5 over the past 12 weeks has boosted iOS back to the number one spot in the US. ]The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that strong uptake of the iPhone 5 over the past 12 weeks* has boosted iOS back to the number one spot in the US. It ...

Android is gaining on Apple for dev revenue earnings

Android is gaining on Apple for dev revenue earnings

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

SAN FRANCISCO -- The mobile video game Kingdoms at War is popular with owners of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android smartphones alike. But for the game's maker, there is a very important difference -- it earns more than double the money on iPhones and iPads than it does on Android devices.The disparity is a weakness for Android, which ...

Metaps App Surpass 30 Million Downloads

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

- Network expands in Korea -TOKYO — Metaps Inc. (hereafter "Metaps") developer of 'metaps' - a monetization platform for Android announces that participating Android apps have achieved over 30 million downloads. This is a result of strong increases in the amount of downloads of partner's apps in the Asian market, particularly in Korea.metaps is a developer platform...

Google is encouraging developers to create better tablet apps

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Google's Nexus 10 has impressive specs and software, but needs more native Android tablet appsGoogle's latest Nexus-branded tablet, the Samsung-made Nexus 10, is as impressive in the flesh as its specs are on paper (well, blog post).It's light, with an excellent screen, powerful processor, and a strong suite of Google apps and services. And the apps? Well...

Apple races to improve iOS Maps

Apple races to improve iOS Maps

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

A new report sheds more light on the behind-the-scenes personnel shakeup at Apple in the wake of criticism over the new Maps application that debuted in iOS 6.Since taking over iOS Maps, Apple's Eddy Cue has been "racing to turn around the troubled service," according to a a report published by Bloomberg on Wednesday. It also restated that Richard Williamson, ...

What is lifetime value for an app?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

It’s not surprising that the traditional marketer‘s favourite tool has eventually found its way into an app developer’s life – sooner than expected and with good reason. Let’s face it – your app is your business and you want to measure, monitor and control the value your users bring to your business. Customer Lifetime value -CLV or LTV, as different people choose to cal...

CPA marketing, avoid being dooped

CPA marketing, avoid being dooped

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Even though it’s been around for awhile, CPA marketing draws a lot of attention, especially from newcomers to the industry. It requires very little in terms of start up costs, and it can be extremely profitable.CPAis how merchants measure the cost incurred during the process of converting a site visitor into a paying customer. Using the CPA method, merchants pay markete...

People going mobile more changes app development

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by

Image: Risager/FlickrThere’s no denying that smartphones and tablets have changed the way we find and install the applications we use, and what we expect from them. Added to this is the increasing desire to use these devices for work purposes, driving a need for enterprise applications.Previously we’ve only relied on our phones for calls, texts and maybe emails. Bu...

Android app reviews gone! What happened Google?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by

"A Google User" is now the number one Android game and app reviewer on Google Play, Android's version of Apple's App Store. That's because every single one of the millions of existing reviews, possibly including yours, has had its author replaced with this nameless, faceless person.Screenshots taken by Jeremiah Rice of the Android Police blog show this pr...

Gree attempts to crush shutter OpenFeint

Gree attempts to crush shutter OpenFeint

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that we were talking about all the major games being released withOpenFeint integration. As one of the bigger and better options for Android developers, users enjoyed its features such as leaderboards, achievements, friend lists, and cross-platform compatibility. Think XBOX Live for mobile games and you’re on the right track. ...

Android is almost half of all tablet traffic

Android is almost half of all tablet traffic

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by

Android continues to chip away at Apple’s dominance in the tablet market and now holds more than 44 percent of the market. Apple still holds strong at 55 percent of the overall field however it has given up 14 percent of the pie to Samsung, Google, Amazon, and others. According to ABI research, Apple is losing its grip as a result of not delivering a “knock-out punch th...

Ad networks want mobile game developers traffic

Ad networks want mobile game developers traffic

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by

Executives from Tapjoy, ChartBoost and others discuss their different and sometimes controversial approaches to app monetizationIf this hasn't happened to you yet, it will soon: you're playing a mobile game and you see an in-app ad for another game inside it. Normally you might ignore such things, but this one is offering a reward--free virtual currency, perhaps--for th...

HTML5 in 2012 year end

HTML5 in 2012 year end

Saturday, November 24, 2012 by

Ben Savage is the founder of Spaceport.io, a platform for mobile game developers.The stage was set with an expected one billion HTML5 phones sold by 2013. Facebook was ready to pave the way. I could repeat many other reasons why HTML5 should have taken off in 2012, but as we’ve seen over the last year, it just didn’t. Mark Zuckerberg said it best, “The biggest...

Constant Contact promotion

Friday, November 23, 2012 by

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. Constant Contact has just provided small business owners one more reason to say Thanks.On Monday only, people signing up for any constant contact tool will get 40% off the next 3 months! This is a great opportunity to spread the word to your customers and prospects about constant contact and your integration,while gaining reve...

Up and coming starts in app development

Up and coming starts in app development

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by

We developers are highly competitive, comon admit it - you grovel silently when you hear about a 12 year old developer that just created an app with an million installs! There are so many different platforms, monetization strategies, being visible in the market, and more. There are so many challenges to consider it can drive us crazy!There are also many paths into the b...

Consumer app developers compared to Enterprise class developers

Consumer app developers compared to Enterprise class developers

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by

Enterprise and consumer apps vary in many respects, but developers from both the enterprise and consumer side of the business could greatly benefit from some of the best practices of the other group.This message was recently honed by speakers at the Open Mobile Summit conference held in San Francisco earlier this month.ZDnet, for example, covere...

Most app developers moonlight

Most app developers moonlight

Monday, November 19, 2012 by

Evans Data study shows more than half of all app developers are moonlightingThe number of developers who see the creation of mobile apps as a sideline has increased to more than 50 percent of North American software professionals, according to a research report from Evans Data.In April, Evans released an earlier study which showed 41 percent of developers who ...

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