App Development

Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Open Graph is a whole new class of apps, this is the main message that Zuckerberg wants to push forth this week at f8 2011. Open Graph apps allow you to add activity to your news stream without having to press "OK" ever again. No more prompts, ever. With this functionality, "discovering new things through your friends", one of the main goals of the future of apps on Facebook, being accomplished simply. With Open Graph apps you will get a single "permissions" page that'll have you allowing all publishing all at once - Frictionless Experiences and Real-time Serendipity are the big power-points here, and sharing on the fly in real time is the vehicle.

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Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

The results of a survey of 250 working developers suggest that though more developers are actively creating apps for Android, they also have serious concerns about the platform. The survey was conducted by Baird's William Powers, and released Monday. Among the concerns are device fragmentation, store fragmentation, app visibility, and the ability to get paid. Our own Ben Bajarin has had similar concerns, especially about the security of apps on Android. Continue after the break for more details.

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Windows Phone 7 App Marketplace Growing

Windows Phone 7 App Marketplace Growing

Microsoft says that its Windows Phone App marketplace is growing, and that it is adding 100 new apps a day. Microsoft's selection of apps, at 9,000, is still tiny compared to Apple's or Android's. Apple, for example, has over 350,000 apps, and there are more than 100,000 apps in the Android marketplace. But according to the Windows Phone Developer blog, there are 32,000 registered developers working on apps right now.

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App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

Remember waaay back a month ago when RIM announced a sup-$500 BlackBerry tablet by the name of PlayBook? Well now you can get your developer belt tightened and start submitting apps for it to BlackBerry App World through their vendor portal. Hooray! Terms and conditions below, including the fact that you'll be submitting .BAR files instead of .COD files. Get pumped up and start pumping out!

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How Microsoft Got 1,000 Plus Apps Developed for the Launch of Windows Phone 7

How Microsoft Got 1,000 Plus Apps Developed for the Launch of Windows Phone 7

According to a source "familiar with Microsoft's developer outreach" speaking with GigaOM says that as the company got ready to attack the whole Windows Phone 7 situation, the split off into two teams: a depth team made to reach approximately 50 of the top app makers in the world, and a breadth team made to access the rest of the developer community and offer them support. What did that depth team do? Dish out the cash! Sources speaking with Ryan Kim note that in many cases, Microsoft offered either revenue guarantees or developers to work with companies to develop their particular WP7 app. Amongst those built or payed by Microsoft are: IMDb, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, and Amazion, plus more.

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Facebook Version 1.9 Now Available for BlackBerry Users

Facebook Version 1.9 Now Available for BlackBerry Users

Today you can get a brand spanking new version of Facebook for your BlackBerry through the BlackBerry Beta Zone, which you've got to sign up for, but what price can you put on a super shiny new version of FB? In version 1.8, the folks who work on Facebook for BlackBerry aimed to improve speed and performance, this time around, they're aiming directly at features requested by the people who use it every day - aka - you and I and the whole rest of the world.

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Nokia & AT&T Team Up for Calling All Innovators Contest

Nokia & AT&T Team Up for Calling All Innovators Contest

One way for Nokia to make some headway into the United States market, is to team up with one of the largest wireless carriers in this neck of the woods. And while Nokia's longevity is a topic of contention for a lot of people out there, that's not stopping the company from doing what they can to make sure that Nokia's a household name, some day. First step in that process, at least in Nokia's eyes for the moment, seems to be getting application developers, or innovators, onto the Symbian track, and what better way to do that then to offer them a load of money for their efforts? That's where the Calling All Innovators developer contest comes in, where a steep quarter of a million dollars is at stake for top prize.

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Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

Zune HD gets OpenZDK fan-made performance dev framework

We all know that lurking inside the Zune HD is NVIDIA's potent first-gen Tegra chipset, but what isn't so well publicised is that Microsoft's XNA development platform for the PMP doesn't allow access to the hardware's full capabilities.  In fact, it means no 3D, no internet access and performance apparently an order of magnitude less than what the Zune HD is capable of.  That wasn't good enough for the ZuneBoards team, and so they've come up with OpenZDK, an alternative development platform to XNA.

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iPad coders losing interest as Android picks up slack?

iPad coders losing interest as Android picks up slack?

If ever you needed an example that 99-percent of what you read online is speculation, trying to gage iPad developer engagement is it.  Within a space of hours, two reports have emerged suggesting that coders are both flocking to the iPad and losing interest in it.  The Wall Street Journal reckons the Apple tablet "is boosting developer interest in Apple's store because the device is set to expand the audience for apps and paves the way for developers to introduce new innovations" thanks to "key features that help play up apps, such as high-quality color touch-screens, accelerometers and relatively fast processors."  They point to Social Gaming Network, 90-percent of whose developers are busy with iPhone OS based apps.

Meanwhile, Computerworld quotes Appcelerator, who have been running platform surveys with developers and who claim that interest in the iPad has waned.  They say that, where 90-percent of developers questioned just prior to the iPad's announcement said they were planning to release software for the tablet, only 80-percent still expect to do so now.  In fact, Appcelerator reckon Android is of far more interest to developers than the iPad.

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