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Nokia Store Android app unofficially available for sideloading

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Those rooting for Nokia’s new Android romance might be happy to know that they can now install the Nokia Store app on their devices. While it doesn’t really let you install Nokia-specific apps, it could signal the start of Nokia‘s apps getting ported to other devices, whether they like it or not.

Love it or not, and some manufacturers probably don’t, one of the things the Android community is skilled at is getting brand-specific features or apps available to other devices, at least when technically possible. It does sort of level out the playing field a bit, but in some cases the apps don’t fully work on other devices anyway.

Such is somewhat the case with Nokia’s own Android store app. Since Nokia’s shiny new Nokia X and XL Android smartphones aren’t Google-certified, the Finnish company had to make do with providing users with an alternative app marketplace, not an unusual practice among some device vendors. In any case, the Nokia Store app has now been ported, unofficially of course, to other devices and curious users can test out the Android app economy from Nokia’s eyes.

Of course, not everything in the Nokia Store catalog will be working. The absence of Google Mobile Services will definitely leave out some apps that make use of Google’s API. But Nokia has also introduced its own framework and APIs on the Nokia X line, so apps that make use of those won’t work either. Hopefully we’ll see further efforts in making those, as well as some Nokia apps, available in the future as well.

VIA: XDA

Nokia tries to attract developers with claim that 75% of Android apps already compatible

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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When Nokia announced their new Android-based smartphones yesterday at MWC 2014, they revealed that they had in fact forked Android for their devices. Immediately the company started fielding questions about how users could get existing apps onto their new devices if they decided to go the Nokia route. While sideloading apks is a possibility, Nokia is hoping developers will submit their apps to Nokia’s proprietary app store. To help move that process along, they are encouraging developers to submit their apps for inclusion and they are indicating that 75% of apps should be compatible with no modifications.

Nokia is making their SDK and porting tools available, which they claim will handle the chores related to “retouch”-ing apps to make them compatible. They also indicate that apps needing access to Google Services will be redirected to Nokia/Microsoft replacements. According to Nokia, apps that need some additional work should take no more than 8 hours to be modified and ready to go on the new devices. Nokia is even offering a tool that will test an app for compatibility with their new devices which is available on-line at http://developer.nokia.com/nokia-x/analyse/.

Do you think Nokia will be able to succeed with a forked version of Android and their own app store? Let us know in the comments while you are keeping an eye on TalkAndroid for more MWC 2014 news.

source: GSM Arena

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Pebble releases beta version of app store for Android users

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Earlier today Pebble released an app store for their smartwatches for users mating them with iOS devices. Not wanting to leave out Android users, Pebble’s developers have released a beta version of the Pebble Android mobile app that includes code for the app store for the first time on the Android platform. The app is intended for developers, so access to the app store even on a beta basis means having to register as a developer. You will also have to know how to sideload apk files to get it installed.

As a beta release, Pebble’s development team is aware of problems. The good news is the beta works, along with the app store component, albeit it runs slow. Users do have to contend with Pebble’s limitation of 8 apps installed at any one time as well. Hopefully Pebble will be able to attract enough testers to provide some solid feedback so the app can move out of beta and to an official release for all users in a short period of time.

source: @PebbleDev

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Pebble Appstore for Android released for beta testing

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As promised, smartwatch maker Pebble launched its new appstore but, rather unfortunately, only for iOS. The Android version is, of course, still coming but for now the developers are releasing a beta version as an appetizer and tester of things to come.

The app’s interface should be familiar with any user of any app marketplace today. You have several sections devoted to apps as well as watchfaces and notifications. There is even a special Daily section that calls attention to daily deals and updates that might prove interesting for users. In terms of app categories, you have, of course, fitness apps, tools, remote controls, and even games that you can conveniently play on the smartwatch’s small screen.

Given that this is just a beta version, there are a few caveats that the Pebble development team wants everyone to know. First is that the pairing process from within the Pebble appstore isn’t working, requiring users to use the long route of manually pairing via the phone’s Bluetooth settings. It is also currently impossible to configure an app or watchface while it is running, so users will first have to exit the app before clicking on settings. And lastly, Javascript apps cannot be configured, no matter how many times you tap on the Settings icon for them.

The Pebble Android appstore beta 8 is available for anyone to download and install. Users and developers are, of course, encouraged to report bugs as much as they can in order to hasten the process of releasing a final stable version of the app.

SOURCE: Pebble

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Amazon now allows Developers to charge for HTML5 web apps

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

As HTML5 fast becomes the standard for more things than just websites, monetization becomes a point of interest. With Google’s important move to bring HTML5 apps in the Play Store,  the move away from a web-only existence for HTML5 is rounding into shape. While HTML5 isn’t the silver bullet, it does provide a good avenue for development, and Amazon is making their App Store an attractive avenue for Developers to potentially strike gold.


Amazon has now made it possible for Developers to set pricing for their HTML5 web apps in the App Store. While this sounds a lot like the Google news from earlier, it’s really a touch different. The Google news had to do with repackaging HTML5 web apps for use on Andorid and iOS, essentially bringing them to mobile. With Amazon, they’re taking web apps and monetizing them, much like Google allows with the Chrome Web Store.

In the spirit of clarity, we’ll keep in mind that Amazon also doesn’t have two app stores. Their singular App Store hosted both Android apps for Kindle devices as well as web apps. The web apps were automatically set to be free, but now Amazon is letting Developers set a price. The upside for Developers is big, but could lead to confusion for consumers.

Web apps can be a murky field to navigate, as some really are robust apps while others are little more than dressed-down web pages. Games and productivity apps will likely do well via the App Store for Amazon as HTML5, with others perhaps cheapening the effect. Amazon, in their announcement, heavily promote the “Free App of the Day” as being open to HTML5 Developers, now that they can charge.

It’s an odd situation, really. By offering to promote the apps as free for a day, Amazon is gently asking that Developers start charging. Amazon, of course, gets a piece of all app sales. It’s not sneaky or devious by any means, but is actually a slick monetization strategy for both Amazon and Developers. Luckily, Amazon is typically good with refunds, so if you should find yourself having paid for an app that was just a mobile version of a website or something, they’d likely do the right thing.

Pebble Steel smartwatch shipments begin today

Posted by wicked January - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Pebble was doing a bit of teasing before CES. They were showing the Pebble appstore back in December, and then mentioned they had “something special” to announce during CES. That something special turned out to be the Pebble Steel, and as of today — the second-generation Pebble is shipping.

The Pebble Steel is priced at $249.99 and is being sold alongside the original Pebble. The original model remains priced at $150 and available in a variety of colors to include black, grey, white, orange and red. Pebble Steel isn’t available with as many color options, but those considering a purchase will be able to pick from Black Matte or Brushed Stainless.

Pebble Steel is described as being made from “premium watch components.” That basically means the watch is milled stainless steel and sporting Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the display. Similar to the original model Pebble, the Pebble Steel battery life is rated between 5-7 days. The watch is also waterproof to 5ATM, which is to say you can wear it while swimming, in the rain, or while showering.

This second-generation Pebble is actually a bit smaller than the original. Measurements for the Pebble Steel come in at 46 x 34 x 10.5mm, while the original measures in at 52 x 36 x 11.5mm. Not surprising given the material used, the Pebble Steel is a bit heavier at 1.97 or 3.49 ounces depending on the watchband you choose.

That brings another point for the Pebble Steel — it ships with two watch bands, one metal and one leather. The leather is the 1.97 and the steel is 3.49 ounces. In comparison, the original Pebble weighs in at 1.34 ounces. Otherwise, the Pebble Steel will be compatible with all current Pebble apps, and will also have support for both Android and iOS devices.

That all having been said, the folks at Pebble have said the Pebble Steel is currently available in limited quantities. Aside from news teasing of the Pebble Steel shipping from today, there is also some further news on the Pebble appstore and four partner apps. The appstore is said to be “coming very, very soon.” With that, make sure to check the video included in this post for a bit of hands-on time with the Pebble Steel as well as those four partner apps.

Google Play Movies & TV no longer limited to Android, makes it onto iOS

Posted by wicked January - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Google Play Music and Movies has come to iOS. Rather than keeping to Android, Play Music and Movies have made their way to the App Store. This is another in many steps for Google to become agnostic about OS, and more concentrated on services.

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While Play Music and Movies pale in comparison to media content from others, specifically Apple’s own ecosystem, it offers up a compelling reason to make it an option for iOS users. With the new app comes Chromecast suppport. Like third party apps on iOS, Play Music and Movies offers the ability to stream to a Google product.

Google has long maintained they are concerned more with services than operating systems, and this move — maybe more than any other — highlights that. The app itself is pretty much like the Android version, so those who use both operating systems will see little difference between the two. Of course, as mentioned, you can Chromecast with this one.

Aside from Netflix and HBO GO, we’re unaware of another Chromecast app for iOS. This could be the first media rental/purchase service which allows Chromecasting on iOS, so groundbreaking in its own right for that. The app is available for download now, bringing the mobile world that much closer together.
VIA: Google

App Store still generates more revenue, but Play Store is closing the gap

Posted by wicked October - 18 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

While Apple has long reigned supreme in generating revenue for developers, their market share is quickly eroding. Recent research by Distimo suggests that in a few months, the App Store had gone from a 74% share of overall mobile revenue to a 65% share.

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This is almost entirely juxtaposed to Android’s market dominance, which is not reflective of revenue. While Android may hold a lion’s share of the devices in the world, the Play Store still lags behind. This can be attributed to a few factors, with the largest being fragmentation. Between the fragmentation of devices and operating systems, it’s hard for a developer to adequately target an audience.

The App Store also has more paid apps, which will naturally lead to more revenue. The average price per app on the App Store is $0.19 for the iPhone, and $0.50 for the iPad. For Android, the price drops to an average of $0.06 per app, and there is no differentiating between phone and tablet.

If that all sounds like trouble to developers, it shouldn’t. In his speech at the Big Android BBQ this year, developer Jon Hancock outlined how he made his first $100,000 on the Play Store. In his presentation, he proved that Android users were very willing to pay for apps, but those apps had to hit a certain metric. Of course they had to be really good, but they also needed to be appropriately priced. Jon also did a lot of grunt work to get his app noticed, and the hard work paid off.

Android and iOS are always going to be two very different realms, but the revenue stream for developers is becoming hard to discern. Even though the App Store has a larger share of the pie, the Play Store is closing in quick.

Amazon drops Cubistry and 5 other brain teaser games to free, today only

Posted by wicked September - 27 - 2013 - Friday Comments Off

The folks from Amazon have been on a roll this week with exciting news and announcements. From an all-new Kindle Fire HDX in 7 and 8.9-inch variants, to a super budget $139 original Fire HD. Today though, they’ve decided those who currently enjoy a Fire HD need some games for the weekend. As a result we have 6 fun brain teasers that are all on sale for free, but it’s today only.

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Amazon still does the usual Free App of the Day on their Amazon App Store for Android, but just for today only they’ve decided to offer up 6 games absolutely free. They aren’t anything special like Candy Crush Saga (don’t get me started) but these brain teasers should keep you plenty busy all weekend long.

The most popular game of the 6 happens to be one I’ve played plenty in the past, but eventually got frustrated with. It’s called Cubistry, which is a 3D Cube-matching puzzle game that will have you scratching your head. Swipes will rotate your cubes and taps will pop them. In the end you need to get rid of them all.

Along with that popular puzzler is 5 additional games you’ll be able to sink your teeth – or brain – into all for free. From Left vs Right brain game, Akinator the Genie, and a few other classics. Hit the link below to get any of the 6 games free, but do it fast because this deal ends tonight.

VIA: Amazon deal : Facebook

inmobi app publish feature

Even though we always recommend using only the Google Play Store to avoid falling victim to malicious apps, the growing number of applications on the Play Store makes it harder and harder for developers, especially independent developers, to have their apps discovered. While there are numerous third-party app stores out there, it can be a tedious process to publish your application on each and every one.

Not anymore! With App Publish, brought to you by InMobi, you can distribute your app across more than 130 stores by following a few simple steps. And the best part – It’s free! InMobi, the popular mobile advertising tech firm, lists a few reasons why you should consider App Publish, including -

  • InMobi’s platform is pre-integrated with over 130 app stores to enable automated submissions of your app
  • One simple online agreement is all you need to do business across multiple app stores and countries
  • App Publish uses proven intelligent technology to reduce the cost and effort to submit to numerous app stores with just a few clicks
  • You can track downloads and revenue easily from a single dashboard
  • You will receive settlements and payouts across app stores from a single reliable partner

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According to InMobi, using alternate app stores can bring thousands of downloads for developers, and with so many app store options open to you, it will surely help developers monetize their apps with more success. The long list of app store partners include T-Mobile, Mobango, Optus, and SlideME, just to name a few. InMobi also mentioned that early beta-testers of the App Publish platform have seen a 30% increase in the number of downloads of their apps.

The process itself is very simple as well. After creating an account and logging in, all you need to do is upload your app, select the relevant app stores, upload marketing content such as more information and images of your app, a final review, and you’re done!

You can find out more about App Publish by InMobi here, and also sign up for the service if you’re interested. If you’re seriously considering trying it out, you should definitely catch the “Introduction to App Publish” Webinar next Thursday, which you can register for here.

What are your thoughts? Will you be using App Publish? If you’ve tried it out, do share your experiences in the comments section below.

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