developers

  • Amazon Shuts Down TestDrive, The Appstore Feature That Let You Try Apps Before Downloading

    Amazon Shuts Down TestDrive, The Appstore Feature That Let You Try Apps Before Downloading

    Amazon is shutting down TestDrive, one of the differentiating features of the Amazon Appstore which allowed consumers to test out new applications ahead of purchase. The feature was introduced back in March 2011 alongside the launch of the Appstore itself, where it then utilized a browser-based emulated instance of Android running in the cloud. This let consumers control an application… Read More

  • Google Play’s New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps

    Google Play’s New Program “Designed For Families” Will Highlight Pre-Approved, Kid-Safe Apps

    Google today announced a new developer program called “Designed For Families” which will allow app publishers to opt into an additional review in order have their apps labeled as being “family-friendly.” The new designation will eventually make its way to Google Play, though the company is not yet revealing the specifics around how this group of apps will be made… Read More

  • Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Why Your Favorite Snapchat Apps No Longer Work

    Outside of a mobile application’s official product, there tends to exist a broader ecosystem catering the wants and unmet desires of its user community. For Instagram, there are apps to boost your followers; Tinder users could once peer into who likes them and undo their accidental swipes; and dozens Snapchat apps bloomed, allowing users to automatically save incoming photos or… Read More

  • Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

    Google Expands Advertising Options For Mobile Developers Designed To Increase Installs

    Google announced this morning a range of new advertising options for Android app developers designed to increase the number of app installations. The most notable change rolling out today is that developers can now more easily advertise their applications on the Google Display Network, including via video app promo ads. The Google Display Network today reaches 2 million publisher websites… Read More

  • Realm Can Expand Its Reach With $20M Investment

    Realm Can Expand Its Reach With $20M Investment

    Realm, makers of a small mobile database that resides inside an app directly on a smartphone or other smart device, announced $20M in investment today. The round is led by Khosla Ventures, which also led its Series A round, along with new investor Scale Venture Partners. Today’s money brings the total investment to $29M. Andy Vitus of Scale Venture Partners and David Helgason, founder… Read More

  • App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings

    App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings

    Google Play, Google’s marketplace for Android applications which now reaches a billion people in over 190 countries, has historically differentiated itself from rival Apple by allowing developers to immediately publish their mobile applications without a lengthy review process. However, Google has today disclosed that, beginning a couple of months ago, it began having an internal team… Read More

  • YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    YC-Backed YesGraph Raises A Million To Build A Better Referral System For Mobile Apps

    When launching a new consumer application, especially those in the social space, many developers today rely on an invite mechanism that has the app’s initial user base reaching out and recommending the app to their friends. But today, these invite systems are often fairly basic – they connect to a phone’s address book and then force the user to sift through their hundreds… Read More

  • Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

    Layer, Which Lets Developers Add Messaging To Any App, Launches To Public

    Layer, the company making it possible for developers to add rich messaging capabilities to their apps without having to build their own infrastructure from the ground up, is today making its service available to the public, following its beta period that began with its TechCrunch Disrupt win back in 2013. In addition to today’s launch, Layer is also introducing a new product called Atlas… Read More

  • Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse Raises $2.8M For Design-Centric App Development Platform

    Fuse, an Oslo and now Palo Alto-based startup offering a iOS and Android app development platform, emerged from stealth today while also announcing $2.8 million in new funding as it heads to launch. The funding was led by investor Northzone, a Nordic firm and Spotify backer. The company is also backed by Alliance Venture and other private investors. The Fuse platform has been in private… Read More

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