Benefits of having a mobile application
There’s been a sensation about smart phones recently in particular Apples iPhone, and much speculation about its advantages and disadvantages, usefulness of developing applications.
Why is it beneficial to have your own mobile application?
Android App Reviews: Christmas 2011
Having recently exceeded ten billion app downloads on the Android Market, Google recently announced a promotion where they discounted ten apps each day for ten days down to the price of ten pence. Clever that! Given the low price of entry, I picked up a fair few; and haven't tried quite a number of them out yet. Here are some brief thoughts on these, and a couple of other titles that have also recently been released to the market:
There are a lot of solutions available online to help with making notes and organising, and I've been trying out several over the last few months.
Allows multimedia notes to easily include pictures or audio, Catch also has a fully featured mobile and well designed tablet app which sync immediately with their website. Notes are can be put into separate "streams" which can be shared amongst other users or used to categorise your own notes.
Tips for Android Tablet Development
Last month the British Android community gathered together (with a sizable international presence, including the Bangalore Android Group) for Droidcon UK, a huge conference in the Islington Design Centre to discuss all things Android.
Whilst a full breakdown of the two days of talks, barcamp and democamp is still forthcoming, I thought that one thread that ran through the whole conference, as well as the Labs hosted by Google the day before, was worth exploring separately.
Two days at Over the Air 2011
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful Bletchley Park near Milton Keynes for an event called Over The Air, a community-run conference for mobile development featuring an overnight hack-a-thon.
Banksy Bristol Tour
We were delighted on Friday to find out that we have been featured by Apple as a "New and Noteworthy" app in their UK store, since when it has been one of the best-selling apps in the store: fourth in the Lifestyle category and consistently in the Top 200 across all categories.
Thank you to all of our customers who have contributed to this. I hope you enjoy the app!
Android Fixed Background ScrollView
A nice effect that we've been experimenting with lately on mobile platforms is having a static background layer underneath a layer which can scroll up to completely cover it.
On the iPhone homescreen...Apple has a problem. When the iPhone was originally released, it was widely lauded as being incredibly easy to use. The user interface was great at allowing any non-technical user to pick the phone up and immediately start using even some of its more complicated features. Four years later, iOS5 remains visually almost identical to the software's original release.
Windows Phone 7 hands-on
Earlier this week I got my hands on a Windows Phone 7 handset, and have been using it extensively over the last few days to get as familiar with the platform as possible.
Simple links in android
There are few things that give a developer more pleasure than finding those small functions and helpful methods that can save huge amounts of work in development. When developing Android apps, one of my very favourite is the Linkify, a small, powerful and configurable utility that automatically adds links to any block of text that you're displaying in your Activity's views.