Worldwide smartphone demand in 2017 totaled 1.46 billion units
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Richard Harris
The North America smartphone market saw demand jump six percent year-on-year in 4Q17, its strongest growth in over two years. Sales value increased by four percent to US $28.5 billion. As a result, sales in 2017 rose two percent compared to 2016, totaling 201.3 million units. This recent upturn is not expected to last, though; GfK forecasts demand in North America to be...
Tizen app developer growth is exploding says Hokyu Choi from Samsung
Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Richard Harris
Ever since Samsung released their own operating system, Tizen OS, into the market back at the beginning of 2012, Samsung has been continuously pushing for the adoption of the mobile OS on their devices. But although Android still dominates a majority share of Samsung devices in many regions, the growth of the Tizen OS is not to be overlooked and still has the potential ...
Unity 5.6 is coming, what you need to know
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Christian Hargrave
Unity Technologies has announced at GDC that Unity 5.6 will release on March 31, 2017, marking the final installment of Unity 5. The company also provided an early look at Unity 2017, the next generation of Unity with version 2017.“The Unity 5 cycle culminating in 5.6 represents great progress in our key focus areas: graphics, performance, stability, efficiency and plat...
SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud Offers New Open Data Exchange Platform for IoT
Friday, April 29, 2016 by Stuart Parkerson
Samsung today announced the SAMSUNG ARTIK Cloud, offering an new open data exchange platform designed to connect devices and applications. The platform provides open APIs and tools to securely collect, store, and act on any data from any connected device or cloud service. Using these APIs and tools, companies can bring new Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and ser...
Microsoft is Bringing Facebook's Open Source React Native to Windows
Friday, April 15, 2016 by Stuart Parkerson
Among the announcements at Facebook’s F8 developer conference was the continuation of the company’s efforts with its open source React Native platform for building iOS and Android interfaces. Included in the announcement is the news that Microsoft is bringing React Native to the Windows ecosystem, giving developers the ability to build React Native on Windows PC, P...
Apple Watch Rapidly Moving to Dominate Wearable Market
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 by Richard Harris
Apple’s first foray into the wearables market is just more proof of the company’s dominance in mobile technology as it is now second in total worldwide wearable sales in the latest the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker report. According to the IDC, Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 201...
Latest AirWatch Release Includes New Tizen and iBeacon Support
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Richard Harris
AirWatch has released AirWatch 8.1, which offers new OS support, administrative and serviceability upgrades, and enterprise readiness features.Including support of recent OS releases such as Windows 10 and iOS 9, AirWatch 8.1 also introduces Apple iBeacon integration to add location-based configuration. For the Apple Watch, the platform now provides the ability to enfor...
What App Developers Really Think of the IoT and Connectivity Opportunity
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Stuart Parkerson
If I hear or see the word “disruptive” describing a company’s product one more time I think I’m going to scream. In this industry, we come up with a term and then bang the heck out of it. Apple’s introduction of the iPhone, iPad and App Store was disruptive; they changed our society in less than a generation. Uber? Someone’s going to give me a ride, maybe nicer than a c...
Samsung Gear S Gets Opera Mini Web Browser
Monday, October 13, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Opera Software has announced that the Opera Mini browser has become the first web browser on Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch which runs on a Tizen-based wearable device platform. With more than 250 million monthly users around the world, Opera Mini uses compression technology that shrinks the size of webpages to as little as 10%. The result is a faster and more energy-...
IDC: Android and iOS Devices Dominate Shipments of Smartphones
Monday, August 18, 2014 by Richard Harris
According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014. For the first time in history over 300 million phones were shipped in a quarter. According to the IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide, up 25.3% w...
Samsung Releases Smart TV SDK 1.0 Beta for the Tizen TV Platform
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Richard Harris
The Samsung TV SDK team has released the Tizen-based Samsung TV SDK 1.0 Beta. The SDK provides developers with the tools they need to begin developing for the Tizen TV platform. The toolset includes an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a Web Simulator for testing TV apps on a PC.The Tizen-based TV SDK combines the features of a TV with the power of ...
Marmalade Announces Free SDK License with the Launch of Version 7.3
Monday, June 9, 2014 by Richard Harris
Marmalade Technologies is now offering a free license for their cross-platform SDK. Marmalade’s free SDK license enables developers to create apps and games for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows Store, BlackBerry and Tizen using a single codebase for native performance on any device. With the free license developers have access to Marmalade Quick, Marmalade Web ...
Marmalade Throws it Weight Behind Tizen HTML5 Platform
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Richard Harris
Marmalade has announced that it has joined the Tizen Association Partner Program to help drive the development and deployment of the Tizen Operating System (OS) platform. The Tizen Association has been formed to guide the industry role of Tizen, including gathering of requirements, identification and facilitation of service models, and overall industry ma...
Tizen: The OS of Things has Arrived in a Ripe Market
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Brian Warner
There’s been a lot of talk recently about Tizen, a new open source mobile operating system developed primarily by Samsung and Intel, and hosted as a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. So what is it, and why is it important? Fundamentally, Tizen is about convergence, and developing a single platform that can be used for all manner of devices. But to rea...
Get Serious Swag for Attending the Tizen Developer Conference 2014 Including a Samsung Gear 2 Smart Watch
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Richard Harris
They are throwing out the stops to make sure developers attend the Tizen Developer Conference which has just announced that all attendees of TDC 2014 in San Francisco will receive a free Samsung Gear 2 smart watch and an Intel NUC. The Giveaway is being sponsored by the Tizen Technical Steering Group, and hosted by the Linux Foundation, and is intended to...
New Version of Ludei CocoonJS Provides PhoneGap Alternative for Developers to Compile HTML5 Apps
Saturday, April 12, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
Ludie has announced CocoonJS 2.0, the latest version of its platform which allows developers to compile HTML5 apps.With CocoonJS 2.0 developers can compile their project in the Canvas+, Ludie’s accelerated canvas to accelerate a game, or WebView+, the Chromium-based WebView able to run DOM-based games and apps. This allows developers to take advantage of each ...
Game Developers Conference Wrap up: Five Things We Learned
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Richard Harris
As the Game Developers Conference (GDC) comes to a close, what are the big picture thoughts we can take away?1) Console gaming still has legs – A number of new titles from game publishing titans in the industry were rolled out. Sony announced its new Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) system for the PlayStation4, Microsoft announced DirectX 12 and...
App Developers Can Program for Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo with New Samsung Backed Tizen SDK for Wearables
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Richard Harris
Samsung has announced that Tizen Software Development Kit (SDK) for Wearables is now available. Samsung is targeting developers to create apps for the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo and is promoting over 100 apps that are now available for these devices.The Tizen SDK for Wearables is a comprehensive set of tools for developing Samsung Gear applications. It consists of th...
OpenFL Technologies and Sungame Corporation Announce Support for Glasses Free 3D
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by Richard Harris
Sungame is working with OpenFL Technologies to provide Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) support for the free OpenFL development platform. This enables OpenFL developers, in addition to developers familiar with Flash, to quickly support glasses-free 3D devices.OpenFL developers can leverage S3D where supported, while remaining compatible with 2D screens. Games and ap...
Tizen App Challenge Winners Announced
Monday, March 17, 2014 by Richard Harris
Tizen has announced the winners of the Tizen App Challenge, a contest that awarded over $4M in prizes to app developers. 54 prizes were awarded to top ranked Tizen apps across 9 categories. In addition, the top rated HTML5 apps received $50,000 each.Roughly half of the submissions were HTML5 and the other half were native. In a survey of contestants, a third o...
Trends That Will Drive HTML5 This Year
Monday, March 3, 2014 by Robert Grossberg
2014 promises to be a big year for HTML5 mobile games. As
the CEO of a NYC-based mobile web game distribution company, I see three trends
application developers should look for this year that will drive the HTML5
Trend Number 1:
HTML5-based mobile web app demand will skyrocket
There is a growing set of HTML5 app stores that are all
Samsung Releases a Number of SDKs Including Those for the New Galaxy S5 and Samsung Gear 2
Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Richard Harris
Enough with new tech, its time for developers to get their hands on coding details and Samsung didn’t disappoint yesterday. Included in its Developer Days activities at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) was the release of new SDKs for the new Galaxy S5 and the Tizen powered Samsung Gear 2 which were unveiled earlier in the week at M...
Original Intel HTML5 Web App XDK to Disappear in February
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Stuart Parkerson
A number of big tech companies are seeking the holy grail of an HTML5 web app mobile platform that will unseat Apple and Google. Intel is one of these, and they are busily working to update their offering as recently outlined by Joe Wolf, Product Manager for the Intel XDK.From a blog post by Joe, “We intend to end-of-life the original Intel XDK (originally called t...
Marmalade Releases Version 7.1 for Cross platform Game and App Development, Testing and Deployment
Friday, December 27, 2013 by Richard Harris
Marmalade Technologies has released Marmalade 7.1 of its C++ SDK which focuses on making cross-platform game and app development, testing and deployment even easier for their community.
New features found in the software include the following:
Support for the official Tizen and Windows Phone emulatorsMarmalade developers can now deploy and test their games a...
Tizen Association Launches Partner Program
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Richard Harris
Companies from All Segments of the Mobile and Connected Device Ecosystems Become Tizen Association Partners to Collaborate on the Ongoing Development of the Tizen Project and PlatformThe Tizen Association announced the launch of a partner program aimed at broadening support of the Tizen Platform across a more diverse set of connected device manufacturers, operators, app...
HTML5 App Development: Insight into Choices for Mobile Developers to Bring Web Apps to Market
Monday, November 11, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
How HTML5 mobile app developers decide between four fundamental choices to bring web apps to market is the basis of a recent report by Vision Mobile.
The report is taken from data derived from four different sources: raw data from Vision Mobile’s Q2 Developer Economics survey (6,000 respondents, April-May 2013); analytics from 30,000 plus Android apps available in Goog...
Intel Announces XDK NEW HTML5 Cross platform Toolkit at HTML5DevCon
Saturday, October 26, 2013 by Richard Harris
Intel continues its push towards HTML5 development with the announcement of its new XDK NEW HTML5 Cross-platform Toolkit. The news was made at the HTML5DevCon event where Intel vice president Christos Georgiopoulos made the announcement.
The new toolkit for web and hybrid apps will help allow developers to create HTML5 apps and shorten time from idea to app store. Enha...
Weekly Roundup: Marmalade and Tizen, BlackBerry Developers, New School Monetization, Hyro, 2014 GDC, VLC, Rust, Opera Mobile, and iOS7 Sickness
Saturday, September 28, 2013 by Richard Harris
Top Stories for the week of 9/28/2013iOS 7 You are Making Me Sick. Really?In a recent article I came across, there are reports coming in that iOS 7 with it's warping, parallax, and other on UI screen visual effects, are making some people nauseous enough to actually throw up! Symptoms like vertigo, nausea, headaches, dizziness and more are all being reported.Initia...
Marmalade Dives Into Tizen: Gives Developers First Taste Of Tizen App Development
Monday, September 23, 2013 by Richard Harris
LONDON UK and SUNNYVALE, CA, USA – 23 September 2013: Marmalade – creators of the award winning cross-platform SDK – today announced the release of SDK version 6.4 which features support of the eagerly awaited new Tizen platform, which will launch later this year.On downloading the latest SDK, developers will get native access to Tizen and will be able to port existing ...
App Developers Can Now Sign Up for Samsung Developers Conference
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by Stuart Parkerson
Registration for the upcoming Samsung Developers Conference has now been opened on the conference website. The cost of the event is $299 which will be held in San Francisco on October 27-29 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square.
You can expect a lot of cross platform/HTML5/Tizen topics as the manufacturer looks to expand its reach with developers. It will int...
Cross Platform App Development Where, What and Do You Need it
Monday, August 19, 2013 by Richard Harris
The problem of cross-platform development is as old as computer programming itself. Cross-platform software can be divided into two types. One requires individual building or compilation for each platform that it supports, and the other can be directly run on any platform without special preparation, e.g. software written just once in an interpreted language for which t...
Marmalade SDK Makes ME's List of Top 50 Mobile Innovators For 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013 by Richard Harris
Now in it's 3rd year, the annual Mobile Entertainment (ME) who's who list has arrived and Marmalade has made the list of the top 50 mobile innovators again!ME’s Top 50 Mobile Innovators project is aimed at UK registered, privately owned mobile businesses who deserve recognition for their enthusiasm and devotion to the industry. The mobile sectors it encompasse...
GDC Europe 2013 to Include Content on Mobile Online Gaming Development
Monday, July 22, 2013 by Richard Harris
GDC Europe 2013 organizers have announced a collection of industry presentations featuring an entire day boot camp covering Google Play Game Services, Cloud, and Mobile App Analytics as well as Havok sessions on its 3D game engine for mobile.
The boot camp is held during the three-day conference to be held August 19th-21st in Cologne, Germany. The event precedes the Ga...
$4 Million Tizen App Challenge Announced
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Richard Harris
There is some serious cheese out there for developers to compete for in the $4 million (US funds) Tizen App Challenge. Developers can compete for 54 prizes in nine categories. Backed by Samsung Electronics and Intel, the Tizen operating system is an HTML5 environment created to compete with other app ecosystems. In a related story, CNET reports that Samsung has del...
Samsung Delays Introduction of First Tizen Phone
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Ron Beaman
Roger Cheng of CNET has reported that Samsung has delayed the debut of its first Tizen phone to fourth quarter of this year. Intel and Samsung are major players behind the new Tizen OS which has been ramping up its efforts to court developers to submit apps to its new ecosystem. It has announced the $4 million (US funds) Tizen App Challenge which allows developers ...