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Mobile applications

- macmillan Pollen’s Macmillan comments on app poverty line

Possibly 98.4% of developers living on it

A recent report – based on research by Vision Mobile, entitled ‘Developer Economics Q3 2014: State of the Developer Nation‘ revealed that many app businesses currently are not sustainable. Crucially, the report found that just 1.6 per cent of developers generate most of the app store revenue. Martin Macmillan, CEO with new FinTech company Pollen, appears to have coined a new phrase for this – the “app poverty line”. Thus, in effect, as many as 98.4 per cent of mobile app developers may be living below the app poverty line. Hence Macmillan offers useful advice to developers. Talking to Pollen itself is the tip he neglected to mention. Continue reading

tstia app screenshot GoMo News gets frustrated with Channel 4 app

Trying to vote with The Winner Takes It All app

There’s good ideas for creating brilliant marketing plans and there’s the harsh reality which the implementation of an app presents to real people. GoMo News was all fired up to participate in an online music contestant voting system. Then we discovered how many hoops we had to jump through. This whole exercise in mobile marketing has been created by the British TV station, Channel 4, in conjunction with content producers Endemol ( most famous for Big Brother). The pair has produced an app which enables the UK public to vote for wannabe superstars. It’s called The Singer Takes It All (TSTIA). Instead of hours of fun, it seems to offer hours of frustration. Continue reading

not at the expense of real life - myers Smartphones killing Brits sex lives

28% check their smartphones during sex act

They say that there’s an app for everything these days, so it should come as no surprise to learn that there are apps to improve your sex life. This discovery was made by none other than the UK’s Sun newspaper, of course. It then went on to rate five of the leading sex apps for iOS and Android. The article was prompted by shock findings from a survey carried out for TigerMobiles.com by market research and polling agency, Carter Digby. They asked 1,500 couples in the UK between 18-30 a range of questions on their sex lives and smartphone usage habits. A shocking 28 per cent revealed they have even checked their phone during sexual intercourse. Continue reading

Stefano_Sassu Guest Post: 5 common problems every app developer faces

by Stefano Sassu, a vp with Ask Partner Network

App development has grown exponentially in the past few years, with new apps hitting the market every day. Such saturation means that developers are facing new and harder challenges throughout the development process. Here are my five common problems that app developers face and how to remedy them. Continue reading

Dennis Juul Poulsen Tweakker 14 Guest Post: Connected vehicles? BYOS – Bring Your Own SIM

by Dennis Juul Poulsen, CEO with Tweakker

Billions of dollars are being invested in what is seen as the next big digital playground – the connected vehicle. And central to the mass roll-out of new and subsequently used connected cars and trucks is not just the sticker price, but having connectivity solutions embedded in them allowing the humble, network-agnostic SIM card to access the Internet from a vehicle at anytime, from anywhere, worldwide. Vehicle manufacturers believe that smartphones will change the way people use their vehicles and giant strides have already been made in making them safer, more fuel efficient and more fun to be in thanks to device technology. Continue reading

Photo blending app dubble aims to raise crowd funding thru Volpit

Doing well so far given it is currently iOS7 only

Claiming to have the world’s first photo collaboration app, dubble, its producer is seeking to raise seed investment on Volpit. Having launched in beta form back in October 2013, dubble has amassed over 120,000 users. Plus 1.5 million ‘dubbles’ have been made in 187 different countries around the globe. That’s pretty impressive given the fact that currently it only available for Apple devices running iOS7. Obviously an Android version will soon be released, yet already between 30k and 40k people use dubble every month. Continue reading

shara force india made @ silverstone GoMo goes all analogue @ British F1 Grand Prix

Lucky we’d brought out BlackBerry Q5 with us

This weekend [July 6th 2014), GoMo News found itself standing in fields in England’s Northamptonshire to watch the British Formula One (F1) Grand Prix motor race. Given there were around 120,000 other there, needless to say there little or no cellular or Wi-fi coverage. So we had to resort to analogue. Knowing about Silverstone Radio (which broadcasts on 87.7 FM) and how it makes it easy to follow races from the trackside, we took along our little Nokia N73 to utilise its built-in FM radio. We’d also packed our Nokia supplied waterproof jacket (which came in very useful) and which has an inside pocket to keep the handset dry in. We’d forgotten our Nokia connector ear-buds, however, Luckily we remembered our BlackBerry Q5 BB10 device has recently acquired an FM radio capability. Continue reading

the passport keyboard Promised Passport from BlackBerry could stem customer loss

Making it easier to put Android apps on BB10 too

There have been some pretty comprehensive leaks about BlackBerry’s next BB10 based device – the Passport. Michael Clewley, director of software product management at BlackBerry says it will deliver “a step change in productivity”. He was writing in an official BlackBerry log which has been removed. So, thanks to mobilesyrup, you can read his blog here. Why does it increase productivity? Because this promised BB10 smartphone has a touch-enabled keyboard. Simultaneously BlackBerry has been making it easier for Android developers to port their apps to BB10 devices (including Passport). This might stem the diminishing loyalty of BlackBerry consumers in 2014 recently discovered by British comparison site Cashforphonescomparison. Continue reading

3_in_touch_mavenir Three UK using Mavenir to offer VoWifi

And Mavenir is using HockApp to develop its client app

GoMo News is extremely grateful to reader, Jimmy Howitt, for providing us with the URL to download a beta copy of Three UK[3UK]‘s Three in Touch app. As we revealed in our previous story ‘Three in Touch beta gets 3UK users out of a black hole‘ this app is intended to enable existing 3UK subscribers to make calls and send text messages when out of cellular coverage. The Three in Touch app instead enables certain handsets to utilise Wi-fi instead. Thanks to Jimmy any 3UK customers who are GoMo News readers can now download the test app by going here. Continue reading

proof point of our advanced technology - peters Mini cab app- Kabbee gets its 0.5mth user

And it works on Windows Phone 8 (WP8) too

London’s leading minicab comparison and booking app, Kabbee, has just celebrated its third birthday with its 0.5 millionth user downloads. GoMo News knows exactly why the app has become so popular. Firstly, London cabbies [black cab taxi] drivers accidentally gave the app a whole bunch of publicity when they protested against the Uber car booking app. (See ‘London cabbies spark 850% rise in Uber downloads‘). Secondly, anyone who has tried to negotiate with black cab drivers @ Heathrow airport will need this app. Thirdly it works on all leading OS – including Windows Phone 8 (WP8). Continue reading

neoreader_sdk Neomedia updates its SDK for barcode developers

Its QR code scanning app is free & works on all major mobile OS

It appears that barcode software specialist, NeoMedia Technologies (OTC PINK: NEOM), hasn’t been sitting back on its laurels. It’s just introduced new features for its NeoReader SDK [Software Developers Kit] as well as its mobile barcode reader application – NeoReader. The app (which GoMo News utilises for all its QR code scanning requirements) is a free to download from all the major app stores including Apple iTunes Store, Google Play Store, Nokia Store, Blackberry World, Windows Phone Store, Facebook and Amazon. Continue reading

850% increase in sign-ups - betram London cabbies spark 850% rise in Uber downloads

Instead of blocking Trafalgar Sq cabbies should promote Hailo

In an ironic twist, Brit black cab drivers in London probably wish that Brussels had intervened in the UK for once. As we reported back in April [2014] – ‘Brussels court rules Google-backed Uber taxi app illegal‘ the Belgians made Uber illegal in their own capital. The Uber app, backed by Google and Goldman Sachs, links up customers with private cabs whose owners don’t comply with strict licensing rules. Unlike London’s black cab taxi drivers. So cabbies protested against the app in Trafalgar Square this week. The net result? According to Uber UK’s general manager, Jo Betram, “We’ve seen an 850 per cent increase in sign-ups week-on- week.” Own goal for black cabbies, then. Continue reading

Tejas_Jasani Guest Post: 5 mobile app design blunders & ways to avoid them

by Tejas Jasani, CEO with The App Guruz

A whopping 78 per cent of Facebook users in USA primarily access the social network from mobile devices. The trend is already obvious and clear that mobile devices are steadily going to be the primary access points for diverse web needs and apps. So developing mobile apps that perfectly address the capabilities of varying mobile devices and user preferences is important. While developing mobile apps there are some common blunders to avoid. Here’s my list of the five most common design blunders when designing a mobile app. Continue reading

at least this app worked GoMo attempts to back Derby winner by mobile

Not having much luck with these betting apps

Besides viewing porn, of course, the one activity which mobile subscribers would persist in attempting to use the mobile internet for was placing bets. Hence, ever since the earliest days of WAP, the crew here at GoMo Towers have attempting to discover just how easy it currently is to place a bet on a horse race. And what better day to do it than today [June 7th 2014] when just down the road on Epsom Downs one of the UK’s most famous horse races will take place – the Derby. Did we find it any easier this year? No, we didn’t. Continue reading

Ezequiel_Ortuno Guest Post: 7 key differences between Android and iOS users

by Ezequiel Ortuno, founder of EZQ Consulting

Develop an app that helps your business reach out to a wider audience and at the same time explores a new way of your marketing your products and services? Sounds a great idea! But, have you worked out the key differences between your Android and iOS users yet? One person using an Android device and another using an iOS device like the iPhone clearly indicates that both have different likes and preferences. Your app design and development must balance the needs of both Android and iPhone users and this is what can help your app succeed. So what are these differences? Let’s take a look … Continue reading