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Symbian platform breakdown and new 'active installed base' chart

I'm someone who is fascinated by numbers and data points, in this case stats from a well known Symbian developer, Hugo van Kemenade, author of Mobbler, which has been around for all varieties and interfaces of Symbian for years. Meaning that looking at his download numbers and breakdown is very interesting indeed. I wonder if a few other developers might share their numbers too? In the meantime, a little extrapolation brings up charts and stats which will be surprising to many.

# Posted by Steve in Features at 9:03 UTC, Apr 25th || Comments

The huge potential problem with in-app purchases

You may recall seeing some pointed comments by me in the recent mini-review of Checkers Deluxe, with a load of opportunities in the game to tap a button to fire off premium SMS to buy such and such a function? The overuse of this mechanism has in fact inspired me to put finger to keyboard in full 'rant' mode. This is all with a Symbian perspective, though elements of my complaints will of course apply to other mobile platforms.

# Posted by Steve in Features at 7:49 UTC, Mar 20th || Comments

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Symbian application updates in 2014

As everyone's now aware, the Nokia Store (for Symbian apps) is effectively frozen as of midnight tonight. Which means no updates, no new applications - nothing at all. Of course, a lot of the content can stay as-is (and will still be downloadable), but there are bound to be updates needed in order to maintain compatibility with external services, plus there will always be some bugs needing addressing. Begging the question of how such updates can reach Symbian enthusiasts across the globe.

# Posted by Steve in News at 9:00 UTC, Jan 1st || Comments

Nokia releases API map for porting apps to Qt

Nokia has published a great resource for mobile developers who are interested in transferring their skills to Symbian apps via the Qt framework. The Nokia Developer website has published three guides for finding the Qt equivalent of API calls for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 7. It has come late in Symbian’s life, but it is just what the developer world needed to reduce the friction in developing for this not-so-dead platform.

# Posted by David in News at 20:21 UTC, Feb 9th || Comments

Qt SDK 1.2 released

An updated version of the Qt SDK, version 1.2, was released today. It contains all the tools required to create Qt applications for Nokia's Symbian devices. The new version includes Qt Creator 2.4 (bringing improvement to the QML editor and numerous bug fixes) and Qt Mobility 1.2 (improved API access to Bluetooth and NFC).

# Posted by Rafe in News at 19:19 UTC, Feb 1st || Comments

Nokia store passes 11 million downloads a day

11 million content items are being downloaded from Nokia Store every day, according to figures recently released by Nokia. This annualises to a rate of 4 billion downloads a year, or 1 billion a quarter. The top five countries for downloads from Nokia Store are India, China, Russia, Brazil and Turkey. The top device is the N8, followed by the 5800, 5233, 5230 and C3.

# Posted by Rafe, Steve in News at 13:48 UTC, Jan 10th || Comments

Marco Argenti on Nokia's developer activities and opportunities

In this series of videos Marco Argenti, SVP Developer Experience and Marketplace at Nokia, explains some of the guiding principals behind Nokia's developer activities and the opportunities available for developers on Nokia's platforms. The video series was recorded at MEF Americas 2011 by 361 Degrees.

# Posted by Rafe in News at 18:45 UTC, Jan 2nd || Comments

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Tue 6th October, 2015

17:33 Apple Releases iOS 9.1 Beta 4 Phone Scoop
Apple today made iOS 9.1 Beta 4 available to developers. This is not meant for public use and is intended to help app writers test their code. Apple may follow this developer release with a new version of the iOS 9.1 Public Beta, but has not yet made any such announcements.
16:53 Android Marshmallow Supports In-App Translating Phone Scoop
Google today revealed a powerful addition to Android 6.0 Marshmallow: built-in language translation. Google says that people who've installed the Google Translate app on their Marshmallow device will be able to translate between 90 languages directly from within any app that uses t...

Mon 5th October, 2015

21:32 App Slicing Now Available to iOS Developers Phone Scoop
Apple today said it has resolved the problem that prevented it from offering app slicing when the company first released iOS 9 last month. "The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9....

Thu 1st October, 2015

02:03 B&N is Teasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6 as the Next Nook... MobileRead the details B&N posted to their developer pages are correct, the next tablet to bear the Nook brand could be the Samsung Galaxy Tab E 9.6. With specs on par with the Fire HD 10, this is much cheaper tablet than the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook and will likely cost a lot less. The Galaxy Tab E 9.6 has a screen resolution of 800 x 1,280. The model currently being sold by Verizon runs Android 5.1.1 on a 1.3 GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7730SE CPU with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (plus 128GB microSD card support), and two cameras (2MP and 5MP). If this is the next Nook device, it will be bigger than the Tab S2 Nook, but not nearly as good. It will also be a lot cheaper. The Verizon model has 4G and costs $329. The B&N model, should it exist, will likely cost in the range of $249 to $279. The Digital Reader (

Wed 30th September, 2015

17:27 Apple Distributes iOS 9.0.2 and iOS 9.1 Beta 3 Phone Scoop
Apple today made two new versions of iOS 9 available. First iOS 9.0.2 is a bug-fixing release intended for consumers who've adopted the company's new operating system. Specifically, it resolves issues affecting the app cellular data switch, iMessage activation, iCloud backups, scre...


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