Apps

  • The Everything Project: Building A Google For The Mobile Web App Ecosystem

    The Everything Project: Building A Google For The Mobile Web App Ecosystem

    One of the biggest challenges we’re facing as we move into the post-PC era is the challenge of navigating through a disconnected web of applications. Bought and sold as self-contained packages of code, apps are independent little creations, boxes you tap for specific functions. Single purpose beings. Unlike the web, apps are not connected to each other through links (although they could… Read More

  • Crosswa.lk, The App Discovery Service Better Than iTunes Genius, Is Now An App

    Crosswa.lk, The App Discovery Service Better Than iTunes Genius, Is Now An App

    Mobile application discovery service Crosswa.lk has just debuted its much anticipated native counterpart, in the form of a new iPhone application. The app soft-launched over the weekend, allowing users to see what apps their friends are using as well as those that are popular on the wider Crosswa.lk network. It also allows users to quickly rate apps and receive recommendations of apps they… Read More

  • Forget The Holiday Rush: Mobile App Downloads Did Better In January Than December

    Forget The Holiday Rush: Mobile App Downloads Did Better In January Than December

    Mobile app marketing firm Fiksu has new data today on the effect the post-holiday rush on mobile devices had on the number of apps downloaded throughout the month of January. In short, downloads skyrocketed last month, even beating December’s numbers. iOS downloads reached an all-time high last month, the firm says, up 12% from its previous high in December, when the devices were… Read More

  • Apps Round-up From The Streets Of Barcelona

    Apps Round-up From The Streets Of Barcelona

    We’ve been trawling Barcelona for apps and startups during Mobile World Congress, so here’s a little round-up of some of those that have been plying their wares – many of whom don’t have the cash to exhibit at the official Congress, but who are pitching like mad in the hotel bars of Barcelona. BearCare from Tagofjoy is an Augmented Reality game with a freemium… Read More

  • Android Overtakes iOS In App Downloads In U.K., Germany, Russia. U.S. To Follow Next Month

    Android Overtakes iOS In App Downloads In U.K., Germany, Russia. U.S. To Follow Next Month

    With Android accounting for the majority of smartphones worldwide at the moment, it’s finally also starting to become the most dominant player in apps, too. Figures out today from analytics firm Xyologic note that Android now accounts for the majority of downloads in the UK, Germany and Russia, and predicts that the U.S. will be the next to go Google in either March or April. This is a… Read More

  • Mozilla Launching Cross-Platform App Store Later This Year, Submissions Open Next Week

    Mozilla Launching Cross-Platform App Store Later This Year, Submissions Open Next Week

    Calling all developers: if you know your way around HTML5 and JavaSrcipt and have a great idea for an app, Mozilla wants to hear from you. The web-friendly nonprofit has just announced their intention to launch a new cross-platform app market later this year, and the submission process is slated to start next week at Mobile World Congress. Read More

  • The Government Wants To Build An App Store For Real-Life Jack Bauers

    The Government Wants To Build An App Store For Real-Life Jack Bauers

    The US Department of Defense Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit is look for a few good coders to help build apps and an entire app store for bomb technicians and soldiers involved in ordnance handling. This is when sliding to unlock could mean the difference between life or death. The request for proposals is as dull as dirt (you can read it hear) but the requirements are clear… Read More

  • Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Stealthy Startup timeRAZOR Raises $3.4M Pre-Launch, Partners With Major Household Brands

    Got FOMO? (That’s “fear of missing out” for those of you who don’t do slang.) There will soon be an app for that, or so says the $3.4 million in angel funding the stealthy D.C.-area startup called timeRAZOR has raised. In its pre-launch state, the curious company is already lining up brand partnerships with big names like Marriott and L’Oreal in preparation for… Read More

  • Want An In-App Notification Center? There’s A SDK For That

    Want An In-App Notification Center? There’s A SDK For That

    Today, mobile promotion and discovery service AppsFire is launching a new toolkit for developers called App Booster. Meant to boost user engagement and retention, two of the toughest challenges developers face today, the App Booster SDK (software development kit) introduces a suite of tools for things like in-app notifications, user feedback, analytics and mobile app cross-promotion. Read More

  • Circuit Playground App Helps Makers Build Electronics

    Circuit Playground App Helps Makers Build Electronics

    If you don’t know a resistor from a Mister Mister, this is the app for you. Built by Adafruit, creators of DIY Arduino gear, Circuit Playground is a $2.99 app designed to help you identify and understand various electronic components. For example, the app includes a resistor identification system based on the colored bands painted on the casing as well as a field guide to many… Read More

  • Yahoo Shuts Down 10 Mobile Apps, Says Its Going “Mobile First” (?)

    Yahoo Shuts Down 10 Mobile Apps, Says Its Going “Mobile First” (?)

    Yahoo is moving forward with a “mobile first” mindset, the company stated via blog post late last week, then¬†incongruously announced it would be shuttering 10 of its mobile applications. The list, which contains a mix of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, includes an odd, and somewhat surprising group of underperforming properties. Yahoo Deals, News, Shopping, Finance and… Read More

  • Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    Games Decreasing In Popularity On Android, Entertainment Apps On The Rise

    The mobile app ecosystem is growing so quickly – exponentially, even – that sometimes it’s hard to see the larger trends occurring in the space. To really gain insight, it helps to look back over a longer period of time, like a year for example, in order to take stock of the changes taking place. To that end, I reached out to mobile app search company Chomp, who kindly… Read More

  • Distimo: Being Featured In The Android Market Can Boost Apps’ Rank By 172%

    Distimo: Being Featured In The Android Market Can Boost Apps’ Rank By 172%

    Earlier this morning, we looked at the findings from analytics provider¬†Distimo‘s latest report, which examined what happens when mobile apps go on sale. (Spoiler: when priced correctly, revenue goes way up). The second part of the report looked at the ranking gains that occur when an app achieves “featured” status in a mobile app store like iTunes or the Android Market. Read More

  • What Happens When Apps Go On Sale?: Revenue Up 22% On iPhone, 29% On Android

    What Happens When Apps Go On Sale?: Revenue Up 22% On iPhone, 29% On Android

    In a new research report from Distimo, the app store analytics provider examined two different ways that allow mobile developers to get a bump in both their download numbers and revenue. One way, which is within the developers’ control, is putting the app on sale. Within the first day, iPhone developers see an average increase of 41% in revenue using this method, and see revenue increases… Read More

  • Kaiser Permanente Takes Millions Of Medical Records Mobile With New Android App

    Kaiser Permanente Takes Millions Of Medical Records Mobile With New Android App

    Founded in 1945, California-based Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest not-for-profit managed care consortiums and health plan providers in the country, with 9 million members, nearly 170K employees, 15K physicians, 35 medical centers, and 430+ medical offices under its fold. Yesterday, the health care organization announced the release of a free Android app and mobile-optimized website… Read More

  • Developer Is Building An App Store For Banned Android Apps

    Developer Is Building An App Store For Banned Android Apps

    An Android developer by the name of Koushik Dutta is building an alternative Android app store which will house the apps that have been banned from Google’s official Android Market. These will include the custom ROMs (customized versions of the Android OS), classic gaming emulators pulled due to copyright complaints, unofficial tethering apps removed at the behest of mobile operators… Read More

  • JackThreads Announces Unique Mobile App For Android And iOS

    JackThreads Announces Unique Mobile App For Android And iOS

    Thrillist-owned JackThreads has just announced the availability of their first mobile for Android and iPhone. Built by Fueled Mobile Design and Development using designs and user experience built in-house, the app allows shoppers to browse new deals and sales as they are announced on the site and, if so inclined, make purchases. I spoke to lead developer Chris Steib who said that JackThreads… Read More

  • No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card

    No More Swiping: Card.io Launches New Consumer App, Developer Tools Which “See” Your Credit Card

    Card.io, the toolkit for mobile app developers which lets users pay for items by holding their credit card up to the phone’s camera, is today launching a consumer-facing app. It’s something like Square, but without the dongle. It’s also not aimed at merchants, as Square is. Instead, the new Card.io applications, available for both iPhone and Android, are meant for… Read More

  • Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    Want To Build A Startup? Entrepreneurs & App Developers Are Going B2B

    You may have heard someone say, or said yourself: “I want to build a business, what should I focus on?” Obviously, the possible answers are nearly infinite. Steve Poland wrote a great post in December that addresses this question directly. I would agree with Steve’s main piece of advice for founders and entrepreneurs: Focus on problems. Start with a space you know, and… Read More

  • iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    iCloud’s App Search Engine: A First Step To A Cloud-Enabled Phone

    Apple has built a search engine for apps. It’s called iCloud – or more technically, it’s one aspect of the overall iCloud service. Using it, you can search through every app you have installed on your iOS device or have ever purchased in the past. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch right now. The average smartphone user has 64 mobile apps installed… Read More