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Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux and undoubtedly one of the most loved OSes around the globe, is all set to make it’s debut on tablets. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu trans Ubuntu for tablets unveiledtrans Ubuntu for tablets unveiled Continue reading »

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Count.ly – the real-time in-app analytics platform that shows information by using eye-catching visual elements is now available for developers on the BB10 Platform. The platform is free and  can be deployed on the developers’ servers to track several metrics real time.

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When it comes to developing applications for Smart TV’s, Samsung is the place to be – they lead the market single-handedly, and work permanently on improving their developer offering. Just days after releasing version 4.0 of their SDK, they have now released a first update for it. Continue reading »

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When it comes to successfully selling software in any app store, optimizing your applications description is paramount to effectively picking up sales. Research in Motion has now done a few changes which could affect most developers – read on to learn more. Continue reading »

Research in Motion is a sort of sanctuary for Qt developers – their new platform allows to reuse existing Symbian IP.

Recently, the company has held a series of shows explaining the new operating system and development methods. In the Americas, a special talk was held for BB Java developers – European developers did not get access to this.

Fortunately, the slides of all the events are now available online. Find out more here:
http://www.blackberryjamworldtour.com/presentations

Recently, users of Bogdan Vatra’s Qt port for Android have started to discuss about various legal implications of using the code provided.

Konrad Rosenbaum from silmor has now posted the following to the official Qt-on-Android mailing list:

I just checked out n0.34 – the original Qt sources inside Necessitas are under the exact same license as the unmodified Qt itself: LGPL 2.1, GPL 3.0, LGPL- Exception 1.1 (you chose whatever fits best for you or you switch to the commercial license)

Most of the added sources are public domain (i.e. no strings attached). The Android platform plugin and the special qt_main for Android are under 3-clause BSD. The latter is the most limiting factor.

Meaning:
* Necessitas is free of charge
* Necessitas itself is Open Source
* your software can be commercial if you like (you must stop the users from
updating the Qt libs – just keep the default using Ministro as library
provider and you’ll be fine)
* your software can be under almost any Open Source license:
– LGPL 3.0 and GPL 3.0 are ok
– putting it under BSD is also ok
– I’m not entirely certain whether GPL 2.0 and LGPL 2.1 are ok, there might
be some interference from the 3rd clause of the BSD license (I’m also not
sure whether this is intended)
– I’m unfamiliar with the details of other licenses (Mozilla, Apache,
Artistic, etc.), so I can’t tell you for each one with certainty

Not more to add here…

Developers who sell their apps via Research in Motion’s App Store should take careful note – RIM has just updated the vendor portal, and needs some new data from you.

The most important changes are the following:

Keywords
We’ve added a section on the DESCRIPTION tab when editing your application. You can add now add keywords to your app. This list of words is designed to make it easier for consumers to discover your apps. The keywords will be used in a future version of the BlackBerry App World client & webstore.

Automatic “For Sale” posting
Once your application(s) get approved, they will automatically be posted ‘Up for Sale’. You can opt out of this automatic posting during the submission process, but must be done prior to submitting your application(s) for approval.

Privacy Policy
Within your Vendor Account details, we’ve added a location where you can provide a URL to your Privacy Policy, which in turn will be visible by end-users.

Hit the URL below to find the release notes:
http://docs.blackberry.com/en/developers/deliverables/45821/index.jsp?name=Vendor+Portal+-+Release+Notes+-+BlackBerry+App+World+storefront4.0&language=English&userType=21&category=BlackBerry+App+World+storefront&subCategory=

For someone who has been in the mobile industry since the times when apps cost 10$ a pop and were sold from ESDs, the Freemium model has always been a bit confusing. Long-term follower Nicola Peluchetti has now shared two very interesting articles which should help shine a bit of light on the topic.

Freemium has run its course
Post number one, coming via GigaOm, provides an overview of pros and cons of the Freemium model. It is ideal for all those who are interested in the history of Freemium apps, and also want to decide whether the model makes sense for their products.

Three Steps from Paid to Freemium
Story number two hits us via Betable.com. They have a talk with a Monetization expert from Rovio who explains the actual steps needed to create a successful freemium app – hit it when you have decided that Freemium fits your business concept.

Any interesting links to share?

This one is an important heads-up to all those of you who are actively developing software for RIMs BlackBerry 10 or PlayBook platforms.

In one of its ususal emails, RIM has hidden a small announcement about an “update” to the developer tools. Of course, no further info was given on the changes – but, as they are pretty severe, they do warrant attention.

So, please head to the following URL and grab the updates:
https://developer.blackberry.com/?RMID=B2B_20120725_DevNewsBytes_SDK_Release&RRID=1

P.S. In case you are looking for a change log targeted at native developers – look here

Even though Adobe’s AIR and Flash products are compiled, it is relatively easy to decompile the results back to source code.

So far, embedding binary SWF files helped to some extent. This is now, however, over:

* New version is able to decompile SWF files embedded into a SWF file as binary data (nested SWF files)

Just in case anyone wants to know who the firm is:

Through the years, Flash Decompiler Trillix received numerous raving reviews and comments and multiple awards from software catalogues. Recently, Eltima Software released Flash Decompiler Trillix 5.3 for Mac with the ability to decompile nested SWF files, Adobe AIR applications, and with support for Adobe Flash Professional CS 6 and TLF texts. Since version 5.3 Flash Decompiler Trillix supports Mac OS X 10.8.

Not much to add here – consider Flash code to be as visible as JavaScript…

When developing for Samsung Smart TVs, so far, developers had to use Samsung’s own IDE. It was not bad at all, but, well, different – Eclipse would be the preferred choice for seasoned developers.

Release 3.5 of the SDK finally fixes the issue:
samsung smart tv eclipse Samsung Smart TV now supports Eclipse IDE

Get coding!

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…!!!

If you weren’t able to attend the BlackBerry 10 Jam event at the start of May in Orlando to see some of the great Cascades presentations then here’s your second chance. To give a little insight, Cascades is a powerful new framework that makes it easy to create amazing BlackBerry 10 apps with an astonishing user experience.

A webcast on “Astonishing UIs using the new BlackBerry 10 framework’” will be held on June 19, 2012 at 11:00 am EST/8:00 am PST

Amaze and astonish with the Cascades framework

The session will include an overview of what Cascades is and cover the basics of developing in Cascades; after which There would be a live coding example and a brief Q&A period. You can register for the event HERE

RIM has officially released OS 2.1 beta for the Blackberry PlayBook. With the official release, the changes that the new PlayBook has in store for us have been unveiled. Here is a list where we mention the few listed by RIM:

  • Each Android app will now run in its own window. This greatly improves the user experience and consistency among the other application runtimes.
  • Access to the Camera hardware is now supported for Android apps, allowing many more application types to work on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.
  • In-App Payment is now supported through the BlackBerry Payment SDK, so Android applications can include virtual items for sale in their applications
  • Portrait support for Email, Calendar and Contacts
  • Improved folder support including IMAP folder support
  • Improved HTML5 support, currently places PlayBook OS 2.1 in 1st place

This has raised further excitement in the masses to the rest of the OS 2.1 features. We will have to wait until it come full steam with the new OS released commercially!!

The 2.1 Android SDK will be released in beta coinciding with the OS release, and the 2.1 Native SDK will be posted next week, with an update to the Adobe® AIR® SDK to come shortly after. The OS 2.1 beta can be downloaded from various sites. The only necessary condition being: “to whitelist your Playbook’s PIN”, just like PlayBook OS 2.0 beta.

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