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New Android Developers numbers show recent OS rollout accelerating
August 13, 2014 | 12:25 pm

The most recent snapshot of Android OS usage from the Android Developers Dashboards, up to August 12th, shows adoption of KitKat, the latest fully available version of the OS, jumping some 3 percent in just a month, from 18 percent in July to a hair under 21 percent. If this kind of momentum continues, the proverbial fragmentation of the Android platform may soon be a thing of the past. The total numbers for Android Jelly Bean and KitKat takeup on the Dashboards now stand at 75.1 percent. With Android Ice Cream Sandwich (itself slightly down on the previous total) included as...

Latest Android numbers show no fragging fragmentation
January 13, 2014 | 10:32 am

androidThe latest figures on Android OS version usage and Android device screen size from the Google Developer Dashboards, "collected during a 7-day period ending on January 8, 2014," show that the oft-cited myth of Android platform fragmentation, often used as a pretext for preferring iOS, is ever more a thing of the past. And given the very well-informed complaints around the latest version of iOS, and features on the various sizes of iPad, and problems with Apple TV and other gadgets, it's also a myth that Apple devices don't suffer from fragmentation. (Warner Crocker: "I don’t buy the apologists who...

Apple pulls, rejects Kama Sutra app after years in app store
April 18, 2012 | 9:15 am

apple_afterOn TechCrunch, Chris Velazco has an interesting little post about iKamasutra, a Kama Sutra-based appbook that was pulled from Apple’s app store and Google Play for explicit material (which consisted of a few suggestive lines without much detail). From my vantage point, [app developer] NBITE has complied with everything that Apple has asked of them (and more). Brown hair? Fixed. Potentially suggestive gray lines? Gone. So what exactly is Apple’s problem with the app now? Well, when Apple finally responded to the Cesur and the NBITE team, it was to say that there were too...

B&N seeks Nook developers in UK, doesn’t say when it will be available there
March 20, 2012 | 12:28 am

A brief piece on PaidContent by Laura Hazard Owen today covered the Barnes & Noble Nook Development Conference at Mobile Monday London. B&N didn’t really say much about when or if the Nook would be available internationally. The company did say it had no plans to open stores outside the US, and has not confirmed the rumors that it will be partnering with Waterstones to sell the Nook in the UK. This led to some puzzlement about the event in posts on Twitter—why was B&N recruiting developers in the UK if its devices weren’t even available there? Of course,...

International smartphone app developers begin removing apps from US stores
July 17, 2011 | 7:15 pm

The Guardian’s Apps Blog reports that a growing number of non-US-based app developers are withdrawing their applications from the US versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market for fear of patent litigation from companies such as Lodsys, the patent troll who has filed a number of suits against app developers. The article covers developers such as Scottish developer Fraser Speirs, who removed his products from US app stores and tweeted, “Screw you, Lodsys.” The growth of patent lawsuits over apps raises serious issues for all the emerging smartphone platforms, because none of the...

New services bring iOS publishing to non-developers
July 15, 2011 | 8:32 am

The Los Angeles Times has a feature on a new company called GENWI that offers point-and-click app development for a monthly fee—essentially you add template parts, insert your own content, and hit publish (although it's a little more complicated than that since you still have to deal with Apple's approval process and fees). It reminded me of Red Foundry, a cheaper service that's been around a little longer and offers pretty much the same thing. I think they're interesting solutions to the challenge of dedicated app development. Although both companies aim to help you produce a wide variety of apps for...

Patent troll Lodsys files more lawsuits
July 6, 2011 | 10:08 am

applelogo3[1]App store patent troll Lodsys (which has insisted app developers need to license in-app purchase technology from it despite being told by Apple that developers were covered in Apple’s own agreement with Lodsys) has filed more lawsuits against a number of developers and companies, including six companies (most notably, The New York Times Company) that had already filed preemptive declaratory judgment actions against Lodsys. It is seeking to have their declaratory judgment actions dismissed, and to have all cases involving Lodsys relocated to the troll-friendly courts of east Texas. It’s probably going to be a while before anything...

iOS developers could be vulnerable to patent trolls
May 21, 2011 | 11:07 am

As a condition for selling in-app content, such as e-books, Apple requires developers to use its in-app purchase technology. As I reported a couple of weeks ago, developers have begun to receive threatening letters from Lodsys, a company that owns a patent on that technology. It turns out that Apple actually has licensed the technology from Lodsys for its own uses—but the license does not transfer to developers using it, who have to make their own licensing arrangements. Lodsys wants a bit over half a percent of any in-app purchase revenue until the patent expires, which isn’t really large...

Patent troll targets developers who use Apple in-app purchase process
May 13, 2011 | 11:21 am

As if the controversy surrounding Apple’s mandatory in-app purchase clause was not troubling enough, now independent developers who use Apple’s in-app purchase system are starting to be hit by lawsuit threats from a patent troll who claims to have patented the in-app purchase process. The developer of the iOS scientific calculator app pCalc recently received a patent-infringement lawsuit notice via FedEx, and a number of other developers are getting hit as well. The patent troll in question is a company called Lodsys. It’s not clear why they’re starting with small-time developers rather than big users (or potentially big users)...

RIM Developer Relations chief responds to disgruntled PlayBook developer
February 27, 2011 | 2:01 pm

Yesterday I mentioned an open letter from frustrated would-be PlayBook developer Jamie Murai concerning all the problems he encountered trying to register for and use the development tools for the Blackberry PlayBook tablet. He ended up throwing up his hands and giving up in disgust. Today, Tyler Lessard, the head of RIM’s BlackBerry Developer Relations and Developer Programs team responded on the Inside BlackBerry Developer’s Blog. Jamie’s posting on Friday raised a number of challenges that he faced while getting started with development for the BlackBerry PlayBook and while registering to become a BlackBerry...

The personal trainer comes to the Kindle
January 25, 2011 | 10:49 pm

Anywhere_abs_270x270Over the last couple of years, plenty of people in the publishing industry have been exercised by the Kindle—in the less-commonly-used sense of the word that means “occupy the thoughts of; worry or perplex.” But now CNet reports on a Kindle application by which Kindle-owners can get “exercised” in another way—a $1.99 workout app called Anywhere Abs. While the Kindle is not and will probably never be as versatile as the iPhone or iPad, app such as this nonetheless demonstrate that it is becoming a worthwhile platform for which to develop apps. And any additional usefulness in addition to...

Did Apple force Sports Illustrated to drop subscriptions for its iPad edition?
July 26, 2010 | 7:15 am

On Thursday, Folio posted a piece about the tight control Apple keeps (or at least tries to) over what goes into its app store. Some of it was already well known, such as Apple’s rejection of third-party development environments which caused Wired and Adobe to have to create a separate iPad version of the Wired magazine app. But particularly interesting was this bit about Sports Illustrated: More recently, a source told FOLIO: that Sports Illustrated was forced to withdraw its subscription model for an iPad app, even though the magazine felt like it was following...