The Mobile Asia Expo is scheduled to be held in Shanghai this year from 20-22 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Mobile Asia Expo comprises of several components:

  • A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers
  • A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes, panel discussions and world-class networking
  • App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace
  • A unique Deal Hub platform to connect qualified buyers and world class solution providers face-to-face to do business
  • And mPowered Brands, a programme dedicated to accelerating marketers’ knowledge and utilization of mobile as a marketing medium

The expo will have several App developer conferences which will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and encourage audience interaction on a wide range of topics.

Normally, 1-Day Visitor Pass is ¥ 100, but you can receive the pass for free during a limited-time “Early Bird” offer. All you have to do us to visit https://registration.itnintl.com/mae12/regonline/RegLogin.aspx and use the code EVP7F747

Notable App developer conferences include

  • Blackberry Jam sessions: Being held on Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 June, these sessions will help developers fast-track BlackBerry application development and bring apps to the community of over 77 million BlackBerry users worldwide.
  • CMDC ADC: The CMDC ADC will introduce a host of customisable new products as well as keynote speeches on the latest developments in mobile applications and the mobile industry. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 June from 13:30-17:00, this ADC will include a lucky draw at the end of the session.
  • Nokia Developer Day: Nokia’s Developer Day will feature their latest achievements on Windows Phones and the Nokia developer support and incentive program. A special giveaway will be awarded to an attendee at the end of this conference which will take place on Wednesday, 20 June from 15:00-17:00.

Hurry up…Grab while the offer lasts…!!

Happy developing…!!!

 

Indiagames, a part of the Walt Disney Company, has become the first developer to hit the 100 million download mark in the Nokia Store.

Founder, and CEO, Vishal Gondal noted the success on the lower end devices which are transforming from featurephones into smarterphones

These phones are getting smarter and smarter, and you can’t really call them feature phones anymore.

He points at the complexities of a diverse market like India,

These are new users, and they are spread out across India in smaller cities and towns, and they’re responsible for 1/5 of a million downloads a day of games like Ra.One and Cricket.

While Indiagames is happy about being the numero uno, they look forward to repeat this success story on the Windows Phone Platform.

Windows Phone is a mature platform for developers. It offers a very different experience for users, and that’s why although we’re adapting some of our existing games, we’re also developing new games from the ground up.

Their new target – a billion downloads. We congratulate the developer on achieving this milestone.

 

Nokia is out on a mission to get the Indian Marketplace up and running. For the same, it is calling out all developers to develop and submit apps specific to Indian market. Apps that are submitted to Nokia are then showcased on it’s advertising campaign.

According to Nokia

We want newly published apps in the Windows Phone
Marketplace that will delight Indian consumers in casual games,
kids, family, health and fitness, shopping, social, travel, and utilities.

  1. Install the free tools
  2. Build your app for Windows Phone 7.5
  3. Register on App Hub to Publish your app in the Indian Marketplace
  4. Tell us about your app. Submissions reviewed monthly*

*Submission Dates

Microsoft and Nokia will be reviewing and selecting apps monthly
to showcase in our campaigns. Not all apps submitted will be
selected for our campaign. Microsoft and Nokia have the
sole discretion on the selection of these apps.

Deadlines for submission:

  • May Campaign >> 20 April 2012
  • June Campaign >> 15 May 2012

More details HERE

Happy developing…!!

 

Microsoft has admitted to the grievances of the developers when it comes to app approval and publishing process. While the App hub has become “less responsive”, the certification turn around time has increased by one business day.

According to Todd Brix at the Windows Team Blog addresses the issue:

…In short, growing pains. In three months the number of apps in Marketplace has grown by 60 percent, to nearly 80,000. During that period we’ve also nearly doubled the number of customer stores around the world, so there are now 54 markets to sell your apps. The addition of so many new markets and apps so quickly has slowed our backend systems.

While customers and developers are knocking on Redmond’s doors, it is busy playing fancy elsewhere. This is how the problem will be fixed for short term

…we’ll be taking short-term measures to shore up the current service and relieve some of the strain on app certification and publishing. Some of these changes started rolling out about 10 days ago and include:

  • Adding more server capacity to better handle the increased load.
  • Streamlining our processes to accelerate the rate at which apps can be ingested, certified, and published.

However, no hopes should be placed on the solutions as the results would not be very visible before late summer this year.

 

As the Windows Phone brand grows, so does the Marketplace(s). The Windows Team Blog has announced that it will start accepting app submissions for new Marketplaces soon. According to the blog:

The 23 new Marketplaces are launching this month in Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam. That’s in addition to the five stores we opened earlier this year in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru, and the Philippines.

Once this latest batch goes live, it will bring our total number of customer storefronts to 63—nearly half of which are new in 2012. Factor in the new wave of handsets (including more affordable models) coming from Nokia, HTC, and ZTE, and it means a nearly 60 percent increase in the total addressable market for your apps.

The guidelines for developers to publish their apps are as very simple:

How can you take advantage? Just visit App Hub once it’s been updated and select the markets where you’d like to publish your apps—or choose “worldwide” (even if you’ve selected this before) to make them available everywhere. We’re not adding new App Hub locations in this release. If it’s not available where you live, use a global publisher to submit your app.

Since some markets are sensitive to certain stuff, apps might have to go through an extra round of certification before they are available for download. Also, it would take at least 7 calendar days for apps to complete certifications.

Happy developing…!!

 

Call it OMG, but a number of big devs out there have been slapped with a lawsuit on stealing user data through their apps without the user consent.

According to Mobile Business Briefing

In a filing made to the US district court for Texas, companies listed include social app developers Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, Path, LinkedIn and Twitter, games companies EA, Rovio and ZeptoLab, plus several other high-profile titles.

The suit, on behalf of 13 consumers, calls for firms to stop harvesting data without user consent, and also seeks monetary compensation.

This puts a serious question on the moral integrity of the above developers whom the consumers trust blindly. They might claim whatever, butit is still to be established what has been done with the data that has been accumulated by such means.

We wait for the court to find out.until then, stay tuned…!!

 

Research2guidance, the ever number crunching company has produced it’s latest report concerning development for smartphones.

In 2011 publishers created $US 6.8 billion in application download revenues while app development revenues reached $US 20.5 billion. The development service became a mass market almost 3 times of the size of the application download market today.

chart 1.2012 Research: Market for mobile app development services reached $US 20.5 billion in 2011

The market for mobile application development services, including application creation, management, distribution and extension services, has reached $US 20.5 billion vs. $US 6.8 billion in app downloads in 2011. Thus the development market surpassed the content market by the factor of 3.

Today most app project revenue is generated from “classical” app creation services (concept creation, design and coding). New service types like app libraries, white label solutions and multi platform app development tools have become more and more popular, but do not yet take a major share of the market.

Prices for application development services vary significantly between regions. UK developers charge $US 626 per day whereas competitors from India charge, on average, $US 138 per working day.

App development partners using price as the main criteria for selection will not be lead to an optimal solution as most of the price differences are offset by the additional time needed by offshore app developers.

App developers can get a copy of the 98 page report from http://www.research2guidance.com/the-market-for-mobile-app-development-services-reached-us-20.5-billion-in-2011/

 

Windows phone has always been in talks…for numerous reasons. Now is the time for a new reason – the contribution and hard work of a developer. All credit goes to Elbert Perez, the developer of the Windows Phone 7 apps and games and apps. Elbert is the father of Racer and Impossible shoota, which are immensely popular games, generating the highest revenue for Windows Phone 7 platform.

Here is a breakup of his earnings, taken from his blog

image thumb A record or a record breaker?

Elbert has 14 apps in Marketplace, which has earned him a total of $61321.58. Since the earnings are not evenly spread among the apps, there is a constant need to explore the niches to make sure excitement continues. The biggest challenge is the inconsistency in income in different months. Keep your fingers crossed for Better games and revenue in 2012.

Way to go Elbert…!!!

 

Localized apps are the future when it comes to China.

ABI research has published it’s findings, the excerpts of which are as follows

Providing localized features for apps will drive 5.5 billion downloads in China in 2012. An example of a successful localized app is Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja for China, which includes Chinese zodiac animal images.

Working with local developers and social networks is another way in which foreign developers can localize their apps.

Research analyst Fei-Feng Seet quoted

Regardless of device type, successful apps in the Chinese market are those with a local look and feel and incorporate local content.

China has the most cellphone subscribers in the world, and it is adopting smartphones at an exponential rate. With this adoption rate and the emergence of different app stores,  developers who add a local touch to their apps are at a chance of earning higher than the others.

 

Microsoft myTechEd has posted a webcast on it’s website that concerns developers. The video below has the following agenda

In this session we’ll provide an overview of Windows Phone device and platform and discuss why you should make Windows Phone a platform for your apps.

The video can be watched over at http://northamerica.msteched.com/webcasts?video=special_wpdev_pre022&fbid=lCu_jT05rGz

Nothing much to add here except that Windows Phone 7.5 is expected, by Microsoft and Nokia, to break all barriers and soar in the sky like an eagle. Well, we leave our reader to decide how true the expectations of the two organizations are…!!!

 

Microsoft, in an attempt to lure Symbian (soon to be obsolete platform) developers, has released the Windows Phone tools for Symbian developers.

The package includes

The guide is organized into 8 chapters and features around 100 pages of documentation:

  • Chapter 1: Introducing Windows Phone Platform to Symbian Qt Application Developers
  • Chapter 2: Windows Phone Application Design Guidelines
  • Chapter 3: Windows Phone Developer and Designer Tools
  • Chapter 4: C# programming
  • Chapter 5: Introducing Windows Phone Application Life Cycle
  • Chapter 6: Porting Applications to Windows Phone
  • Chapter 7: Windows Phone Example Applications
  • Chapter 8: Using the API Mapping Tool

The Windows Phone API mapping tool focuses on the core libraries for Qt 4.7 for Symbian (QtCore, QtGui, QtLocation, QtNetwork, QtSensors, QtSql, QtXml, QtWebKit, QML Elements, QML Components.

Regarding the Nokia Windows Phone Training roadshow,

starting today in Paris, France. During this one day training event, you’ll learn how to take your ideas and get them running on the Windows Phone platform. Upcoming dates and locations for the roadshow are as follows: Milan, Italy (Sept 26), Madrid, Spain (Sept 29), Berlin, Germany (Oct 4) , London, United Kingdom (Oct 10) and Silicon Valley, USA – date & details coming soon!
Similar events are also happening in Australia: Sydney (Sept 24-25[SOLD OUT], Oct 8-9), Melbourne (Oct 8-9[SOLD OUT, wait list]) and Brisbane (Oct 8-9).
We realize this is only a few dates and locations, so for all the developers who want to learn Windows Phone, I recommend that you follow at your own pace the EXCELLENT “Window Phone Mango Jump Start” online video training.

So what are you devs waiting for? Microsoft has released similar tools in the past to woo iOS and Android devs. Why wait and not port your already successful aps and games on Windows Phone platform?

Happy developing….!!

Source

 

Well guess what? MSFT has blown the trumpet. It is now openly inviting webOS devs to develop for Windows Phone 7.

According to a tweet by Brandon Watson – senior director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft.

twweet thumb Microsoft offers free tools, devices, and training to webOS developers

Watson is the same man who had recently bet $1,000 on Windows Phone 7 with the author of popular comic strip Dilbert.

With webOS devs hitting the panic button, MSFT will surely be luring a lot of devs to develop on the Windows Phone 7 platform.

For Watson it’s a simple approach. “Someone asked me why,” he said over Twitter. “Because every developer matters, that’s why.”

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

 

GetJar, the very first app store of the mobile world, asked developers about their current and future development interests.

GetJar logo with shadow thumb GetJar tells us where the developers’ interests head to

The results were quite surprising. The polls figure said:

80 percent of respondents stated that they are developing for iOS for iPhone/iPod Touch today, which declines to 55.6 percent who are planning to develop for this platform in six months time. The same trend is seen in iOS for tablets, which sees developer backing decreasing from 59 percent to 52 percent.

In short, the popularity of app developers towards Apple is taking a hit.

Android for smartphone currently has 51.2 percent support, which will increase to 58 percent six months from now. And Android for tablets currently has 20.5 percent, which will more than double to 47 percent.

That means that the Android folks will not quit their remarkable exponential growth. The same will be reflected in six months’ time.

Interestingly,

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is set to be more popular with developers than web apps, BlackBerry for smartphones and tablets, and HP’s webOS.  Some 24 percent of developers intend developing for the MS platform in the future, compared to less than 9 percent today. While that is still less than half of the interest in Android, GetJar said that “given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia/Windows alliance.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey noted a continued fall in support for Symbian OS, with less than 7 percent of developers stating they will be supporting the platform in six months time. Fewer than 20 percent of developers think the OS will be around in “the next couple of years.”

RIM’s BlackBerry OS also faces challenges, with less than 15 percent of developers interested in developing for the platform in the next six months. Less than half of the developers believe the platform will survive the next five years.

While presently, around 80% of current developer junta is targeting iOS, around 44.4% of devs are targeting towards Android. The scales  will indeed be tipped in Android’s favor in six  months from now, if the poll is to be believed, with over 70% devs developing for android.

The news is surely bad for already troubled RIM and HP, Symbian fans will be equally annoyed by this poll outcome.

But for Nokia-MSFT alliance, this sure is the silver lining of the clouds. Bad news for Apple though.

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

 

According to Wikipedia,

A Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The hard fact lies beneath. Patents are granted for an uncomfortably long duration of  time. And companies are, and have been using, or rather abusing, the patent system to cut down on competition and kill creativity.

The instant question that comes to the mind after reading the above statement is that “Mr Singh, are you referring to the Microsoft and Android patent wars and extortion?” My answer would be yes. The world thinks that Microsoft and Apple are evil corporations that do not have anything else to do rather than bug small time firms, which are already hard on cash, with their lousy patent wars.

But they did not come with this ingenious idea by themselves. Probability is that someone from these companies might have had read history. And there goes a story 30 years prior to the present day.

When Sun microsystems was still in its infancy, in 1980, a team of men dressed in dark blue  suits visited its office to tell Sun that it was infringing seven of  IBM’s patents. In the largest conference room Sun had, they all crammed up along with the employees of Sun, all of who had engineering and law degrees.

After IBM presented them with a “presentation” on how Sun infringed on IBM’s patents, Sun meticulously busted their claims on a whiteboard.

The chief blue suit orchestrated the presentation of the seven patents IBM claimed were infringed, the most prominent of which was IBM’s notorious "fat lines" patent: To turn a thin line on a computer screen into a broad line, you go up and down an equal distance from the ends of the thin line and then connect the four points. You probably learned this technique for turning a line into a rectangle in seventh-grade geometry, and, doubtless, you believe it was devised by Euclid or some such 3,000-year-old thinker. Not according to the examiners of the USPTO, who awarded IBM a patent on the process.

After Sun had ingeniously defended its stance and proved that only one of the seven IBM patents would be deemed valid by a court, and no rational court would find that Sun’s technology infringed even that one.

An awkward silence ensued. The blue suits did not even confer among themselves. They just sat there, stonelike. Finally, the chief suit responded. "OK," he said, "maybe you don’t infringe these seven patents. But we have 10,000 U.S. patents. Do you really want us to go back to Armonk [IBM headquarters in New York] and find seven patents you do infringe? Or do you want to make this easy and just pay us $20 million?"

After a modest bit of negotiation, Sun cut IBM a check, and the blue suits went to the next company on their hit list.

Now comes  the story of the developers in the US. Apparently, app developers are withdrawing their apps from the US App store and the Android Market for no reason other than the fear of a lawsuit from corporations like MS, Apple, and companies like an Lodsys and similar kind who have gone on a patent trolling crusade.

These patents have grown up into a revenue generating tool. The trick is simple, you just find a small time company who infringes a part of your patent, and you threaten it with a choice: lawsuit or extortion. The small time developers, even if they are not guilty, are not able to bear the costs of defending themselves. They eventually have to give up.

Developers have responded to this with comments like

…selling software in the US has already reached the non-viable tipping point

…starting to get seriously concerned about my future as a software developer due to these patent issues

…far too dangerous to do business in the US because of the risk of software patent lawsuits.

Screen shot thumb The story of patent wars and developer woes

Just imagine the tremendous loss of the consumer and creativity alike.

We wonder if the current patent system makes any sense for a free market economy? Even a child would deduce that the patent system, combined with extortion would do nothing more  than killing the introduction of new and better products.

Readers are welcome to share their thoughts on the same.

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