Archive for the 'Mobile' Category

Assessing App Store Revenue

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Benedict Evans has an insightful post comparing Google and Apple app store revenue. Only very recently have Google publicly stated Play Store revenue, I guess because only recently has it become large enough to compare to Apple App Store. The main conclusion is that while Google has about double the number of devices, it pays […]

New Android 4.3 Quad Core Single Board Computer (SBC)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A Kickstarter project came to fruition recently with the availability of the UDOO quad core 1GHz single board computer that can run Android 4.3. The board measures only 11cm x 8.5cm and has 76 fully available GPIOs, HDMI, WiFi, Ethernet, USB, Mini USB and type A USB.
This board is great for experimentation and might even […]

Developer Economics Q3 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

VisionMobile has a new free Developer Economics report for Q3 2014. As expected iOS and Android continue to hold the greatest mindshare. The only surprise for me is that Windows Phone has been steadily gaining mindshare and is now at 28% of developers. Two out of three developers still target consumers even though enterprise apps offers […]

Cross Platform Tools Benchmarking

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Research2Guidance have a new post on their Cross Platform Tools Benchmarking 2014 results. The market is becoming increasingly crowded and there now over 150 tools.

Research2Guidance say…
"CPT vendors put increasingly more emphasis on targeting enterprises."
The sceptical side to me wonders if this is because enterprises are more forgiving of the poorer app UIs and poorer app […]

Facebook Mobile SDK Vulnerability

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Last week I came across a post by MetaIntell regarding a Facebook SDK vulnerability under iOS and Android "affecting billions of installations". I have used the Facebook SDK in multiple Android apps so dug deeper.
There’s more information on the MetaIntell blog. On iOS, the Facebook SDK is storing access tokens in the app’s .plist and […]

A New Database For Mobile

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Realm has just been announced, a new database for mobile. Realm is the first database that has been built specifically for mobile. It claims to use few resources, be easy to use and fast.
Realm also usefully provides migration functionality (from one version of db to the next), an area where some ORM solutions start to […]

What You Ought To Know About Android WebViews

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Do you use WebViews in your Android app? If you say ‘no’, are you sure? What about 3rd party libraries/SDKs that you have included? Many such as ad libraries, Facebook and LinkedIn use WebViews.
In researching references for I realised the use of WebViews is probably the area most overlooked when it comes to security. […]

Latest Market Research

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I am still regularly updating my Pinterest-style site on smartphone market research. Some very recently added links include…

US Android Users Most Engaged During Evening with 39 percent Share of Daily Activity
Samsung and Apple Devices Dominate Smartphone Device Model Top 20
How Many Of The Top 200 Mobile Apps Use Deeplinks?
Apps Now Drive Half of All Time […]