Android devs earned $7 billion in past 12 months, paid search ads coming to Play store

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

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Google’s Play store has paid about seven billion dollars in revenue to Android app makers over the past 12 months, the company said Thursday. By comparison, Apple paid out ten billion dollars in 2014 App Store revenue to iPhone and iPad devs.

With more than 100 billion searches every month on Google.com, the company has now kicked off a pilot program designed to inject sponsored search results into the Play store apps. Read More

 

Swift Developer Course: learn how to develop iPhone and iPad apps for iOS 8

By iDB Deals on Feb 14, 2015

With iOS app developers making over $10 billion in 2014, it seems like everyone wants a piece of the pie. There are already 1.4 million apps on the App Store made by dev-houses big and small, with thousands of new developers adding to the ecosystem each year. If you capitalize on this deal from the iDB Deals store, you could be one of them, and maybe get a slice of that $10 billion pie.

With the technology and resources available, it’s relatively easy and accessible to become an app developer yourself. The first and most difficult step, however, is learning how to program and develop iOS apps. That’s where this deal comes in: the Complete iOS 8 and Swift Developer Course contains over 70 hours of content to teach you how to develop for iOS. Read More

 

Apple asks devs to blur out guns and nudity on App Store screenshots and promotional footage

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 13, 2015

Apple is determined to make the App Store a safe playground for children and has begun enforcing its own long-standing which requires that app icons, screenshots and video previews adhere to the 4+ age rating, PocketGamer reports.

Developers who do not censor the App Store marketing material will see their apps rejected from the store. A few devs corroborated Apple’s intent to make the App Store family-friendly and inoffensive.

Some of the developers who voiced their concern include Tempo developer Splash Damage, creators of Gang Nations and Bullet Rush and many others. Read More

 

Apple increases size limit of app packages from 2GB to 4GB

By Cody Lee on Feb 12, 2015

Apple announced this afternoon that it has increased the size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect to 4GB. That’s double the previous size limit of 2GB, which had been in place since the App Store launched in 2008.

The move should appease both developers and game-makers, who have been struggling to keep their app sizes under 2GB despite the multiple increases in display resolutions of Apple’s various mobile devices over the past several years. Read More

 

Google I/O 2015 announced: May 28-29 in San Francisco’s Moscone West

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2015

Google I/O, the search giant’s annual conference for developers akin to Apple’s WWDC, is due this year May 28-29 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center West.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s Vice President of Android, Chrome and Google Apps, announced in a post over at Google+ that registration will open on March 17, 2015 at 9am PDT.

A Google account is required to apply for your seat and only one registration application per person is allowed. However, there’s no need to rush because you’ll have plenty of time to submit your registration application. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.3 Beta 1: wireless CarPlay, 2-factor Google Accounts, new emoji layout, more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Monday morning, Apple somewhat unexpectedly seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers. Registered iOS developers can download the software through Apple’s Dev Center portal.

The first beta of iOS 8.3 arrives just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing and due for release soon.

BGR said recently that iOS 8.2 will arrive ahead of the Apple Watch launch in April so it’s unclear what new features iOS 8.3 brings to iOS. Read More

 

With UXKit, Apple has devs jumping with joy

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 5, 2015

Photos for OS X, releasing this Spring, could quietly signal a much welcomed change in direction for Mac development. That is, if Apple decides to let programmers access the same private framework it tapped in constructing the clean and elegant user interface seen in a developer beta of Photos for Mac.

As SixColors pointed out, several prominent developers took to Twitter to share their excitement about the framework Photos for Mac uses, currently available only to Apple. It’s called UXKit and appears to be an OS X version of the UIKit framework on iOS.

What does this have to do with you? Read on… Read More

 

Apple wants some Watch apps ready in two weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 30, 2015

According to sources who spoke to MacRumors on condition of anonymity, Apple told certain developers to have their Watch apps ready by mid-February.

Ostensibly, among them is one of biggest Apple Pay partners who was reportedly asked to prepare an iOS app with WatchKit support and have it ready to launch in the App Store by February 12.

The wrist-worn gizmo is arriving in April, Apple CEO told investors on an earnings call earlier this week. Conventional wisdom says testing third-party apps ahead of the launch is necessary to ensure key Watch apps work properly and, more importantly, don’t create a major drain on the battery.

Another possibility: carefully-selected developers get a chance to show off their apps at a launch event, assuming there’s any. In addition to furthering the Watch narrative, featuring third-party apps in live demos at another event would go a great length toward explaining what the Watch is really for and maybe turn us all into believers.

Sounds plausible? Read More

 

Apple closing TestFlight for new iTunes Connect-based system

By Jake Smith on Jan 26, 2015

Apple has begun sending emails to inform legacy TestFlight users that the service will be closing down on February 26, 2015, following Apple’s purchase of TestFlight’s parent company close to a year ago.

Apple is moving TestFlightApp.com users to its all-new TestFlight Beta Testing found in iTunes Connect. Apps won’t be instantly transferred to the new service, app developers will need to set up their apps for the new TestFlight Beta Testing in iTunes Connect. Read More

 

Apple seeds sixth OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 21, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C106a, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store, as well as the online Dev Center, for all Mac developers.

Today’s release comes exactly one week after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has once again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on the long-standing issue of Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

Apple once again reminds developers of upcoming 64-bit app rules

By Jake Smith on Jan 20, 2015

Apple has issued an email to registered iOS app developers on Tuesday reminding them all iOS apps will need to include 64-bit support for the latest A-series chips. Apple has sent out previous emails before, but it serves as another reminder before the change goes into effect. Read More

 

Monument Valley devs reveal $5.8M in revenue and other interesting stats

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2015

Mobile game developers Ustwo published a blog post today revealing some interesting figures on their hit game Monument Valley. For those unfamiliar with the title, it’s a popular indie puzzler that took home several awards and was Apple’s iPad Game of the Year in 2014.

Among the stats provided by the devs is that Monument Valley has been installed on over 10 million unique devices since it debuted in April last year. Due to piracy and promotions, it’s only seen around 2.4 million “official sales,” but that still translates into $5.8 million. Read More

 

Apple seeds iOS 8.2 beta 4 to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 12, 2015

Apple has this morning seeded the fourth iOS 8.2 beta to developers. The release comes three weeks after the previous iOS 8.2 beta, and follows this morning’s discovery that Apple has begun testing early iOS 9 prototype builds.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s still unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but we do know it’ll enable support for WatchKit. Read More

 

Apple institutes app price hikes in Europe, Canada and Russia as iPhones get more expensive in Brazil

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 9, 2015

As reported by AppleInsider, Apple has raised minimum prices of iPhone and iPad applications in the App Store in Canada, the United Kingdom, Norway and in the European Union.

As a result of the changes, customers in Canada will now see a minimum app price raised from $0.99 (USD$0.83) to $1.19 (USD$1.01). In the United Kingdom, the new minimum tier has gone up from £0.69 ($1.04) to £0.79 ($1.19) and €0.99 ($1.17) in the European Union, up from €0.89 ($1.05) before.

In addition, smartphones, tablets and other gadgets Apple sells in Brazil saw their prices skyrocketing by an average of 10 percent due to the steady devaluation of the country’s currency, real. Read More

 

Apple seeds new OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2015

Apple has seeded a new beta of its upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this afternoon. The update, labeled build 14C94b, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes a few weeks after the previous OS X 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has once again asked developers to focus their testing efforts on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

Apple quietly increases pricing of Apple Developer Programs in UK, Germany

By Jake Smith on Jan 1, 2015

Apple has raised the price of the iOS and Mac Developer Programs in the UK and Germany on Thursday, probably not a coincidence on the first of the year. In Germany, Apple has raised price to €99/year ($120) from €80/year ($97) in 2014, and in the UK pricing has been adjusted from £60/year ($93) to £79/year ($123). Read More

 

Apple seeds third iOS 8.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Dec 18, 2014

Apple has seeded the third iOS 8.2 beta to developers this morning. The release comes a week after the second iOS 8.2 beta, and follows last week’s public launch of iOS 8.1.2, which brought about a fix for disappearing ringtones.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but it will enable support for Apple’s WatchKit. Read More

 

Apple says after June app updates will need to include 64-bit support

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Apple sent out an email to registered iOS developers on Wednesday, reminding them that beginning February 1, 2015, new apps submitted to the App Store will have to feature 64-bit support and be built on the iOS 8 software development kit.  Read More

 

Apple seeds third OS X 10.10.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Dec 12, 2014

Apple has seeded the third beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 this morning. The update, labeled build 14C81f, is available through the Update tab in the Mac App Store and the Dev Center for all registered Mac developers.

Today’s release comes just over a week after the second 10.10.2 beta, and Apple has once again asked developers to focus their testing on Wi-Fi connectivity—a long-standing Yosemite issue—as well as Mail and VoiceOver. Read More

 

Apple seeds second iOS 8.2 beta to developers

By Cody Lee on Dec 10, 2014

Apple this morning posted the second beta of iOS 8.2 for developers. The release comes nearly three weeks after the first 8.2 beta, and follows yesterday’s public launch of iOS 8.1.2, which brought about a fix for disappearing ringtones.

The new 8.2 beta can be downloaded either over-the-air, or via Apple’s developer portal, by all registered iOS developers. It’s unknown what new features the firmware will bring, but beta one enabled support for Apple’s WatchKit platform. Read More

 
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