Mobile Development

Articles on smartphones and tablets, including trends, product development, consumer demands, and BYOD.

Samsung Launches Mobile Apps Exchange for Enterprise

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Samsung is aiming to give Android developers another reason to build their business or career around the technology titan’s mobility ecosystem. On Wednesday, Samsung Telecommunications America launched the Samsung Solution Exchange, which will house business-related apps created by Samsung and third-party developers. The company is aiming to bolster the ecosystem for its new line of Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) devices. It also released its SAFE SDK to its exchange members, which includes more than 1,000 enterprise APIs. Samsung touts its… continue…

How to Win In the Mobile App Download War

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First-mover advantage is going to play a big role for mobile app developers in the coming years, as these developers look to build their career and companies around the swelling volume of downloads coming out of mobile app stores. According to a Gartner research report released in the past week, the number of annual downloads from mobile app stores is expected to reach 268.7 billion by 2017, more than four times the level of last year. And of those downloads,… continue…

Will Nokia Deal Buy Microsoft a New CEO?

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Microsoft announced late Monday plans to buy Nokia’s devices and services business in a $7 billion cash deal, a move that not only aims to give the software giant Nokia’s smartphone and mobile business but could set the stage for a new CEO at the Redmond giant. Under the deal, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, Microsoft will pay 5.44 billion Euros for virtually all of its partner’s Devices and Services business, in addition to… continue…

Amazon Woos Mobile Developers With New API

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Amazon unveiled its Mobile Associates API this week in a bid to prompt mobile developers to hawk its physical goods in their apps and games. Do that, and the e-commerce giant will give up to 6 percent cut of the sale. The API, which works with Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Android devices, allows developers to sell a single item within an app or game, showcase a category of goods or bundle a purchase of a physical product, like a toy… continue…

New Vulnerabilities in Older SIM Cards

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It’s just over 22 years since the first SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards appeared and now they’re everywhere in cell phones and other mobile devices. They’re mandatory in GSM devices. And now it’s been revealed that some older SIM cards have a serious vulnerability that could affect 500 to 750 million cell phones out of the estimated 6 billion in use worldwide. Or maybe more, since satellite phones also use SIM cards. The vulnerability was discovered by German security expert… continue…

WiFi Connectivity a Boon for Mobile Developers

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We’ve adjusted our routers over WiFi for a long time. Boot up the router, select the access point, punch http://192.168.1.1 into the browser, enter the admin user name and password and you’re in. What could be easier for the customer than filling out a few fields on a form and hitting Save? The cool thing is that you can get to your router interface using almost any WiFi-enabled device, from the lowly desktop and laptop all the way up through… continue…

How to Build a Windows 8 App – Part I

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By Jeff Cogswell Over the past couple of years, Microsoft has been building up its own app store, just as Apple and Google have done. It supports both Windows Phone as well as the desktop operating system, Windows 8. As a programmer, you can create apps for Windows 8, upload them to the Windows store and (hopefully!) start making money. If you’re willing to create apps that make use of the new Windows 8 interface, you can make the apps… continue…

iOS Notifications: Introduction and NSNotificationCenter

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I have found that the different types of notifications in iOS and how these notifications relate to Notification Center, are a source of great confusion. Recently, I gave a talk at MobiDev Philly on the subject. This, and my next blog post, summarize the talk. This post gives an overview and goes into a bit of detail on NSNotificationCenter and Notification Center. Part Two will address UILocalNotification and Remote Notifications. Apple provides three different types of notifications in iOS: NSNotificationCenter,… continue…

Look to Japan For Next-Generation Smartphone Influences

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Upcoming smartphone releases from Sharp and Kyocera to Japan’s AU KDDI network may hint at the future direction of other manufacturers. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 videos trumpeted the fact that it has the first touchscreen smartphone that you don’t have to touch to operate. Onboard technology detects your finger swipes even when they’re above the screen – which is apparently great news for spare rib aficionados. At 4.99 inches, the screen is 0.01 inches from the arbitrary definition of a phablet.… continue…

Latest Check Point Study Highlights Dangers of BYOD

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Check Point’s second annual mobile security survey found an increasing number of connected mobile devices, with BYOD growing quickly. Nearly half of the of 790 respondents — IT professionals in the U.S., Canada, UK, Germany and Japan — say they have five times the mobile devices connected to their networks compared to two years ago. Mobile devices are also now connected to more networks, 93 percent this year compared to 89 percent in last year’s survey. More than half of… continue…