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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Wed 23rd April, 2014

18:11 Patch iOS, OS X now: PDFs, JPEGs, URLs, web pages can pwn your... SymbianOne
Apple has released updates to its iOS and OS X operating systems that address serious security flaws.
18:08 OnePlus announces Android smartphone with better specs than new... SymbianOne
I recently reviewed the HTC One (M8) (http://www.zdnet.com/htc-one-m8-review-more-metal-same-limited-detail-ultrapixel-camera-7000027643/) and Samsung Galaxy S5 (http://www.zdnet.com/samsung-galaxy-s5-review-another-solid-android-smartphone-that-could-have-been-better-7000028667/), but have a tough time justifying the $700 price when you can find great devices for half the price. One new contender was revealed that has specifications even greater than these two flagship devices.
17:52 Microsoft Lets Windows Phone 8.1 Access PCs Remotely Phone Scoop
Microsoft today released a beta application that will let Windows Phone 8.1 devices remotely access and control Windows computers. Windows Phone 8.1 itself has not been widely distributed to new and existing hardware, but it is available for free to registered developers. Anyone ca...
09:15 Mobile Latency Mobile Phone Development
Ilya Grigorik, developer Advocate at Google, has an interesting new post on his blog comparing the latency of WiFi and 4G networks. He concludes that WiFi can delivery low latency for the first hop in the network if the network is idle. 4G requires more coordination between the d...

Tue 22nd April, 2014

17:12 Nokia-Microsoft deal to be completed this Friday SymbianOne
U.S software giant Microsoft, on Monday, said that it expected its deal to acquire Nokia’s phone unit, which has been delayed due to a number of regulatory and tax issues, to close on Friday.
17:07 For The First Time, Android Passes Apple's iOS Mobile Ad Traffic SymbianOne
For years, the rise of Android seemed to put almost no dent in the massive proportion of mobile (http://www.forbes.com/mobile/) traffic generated by Apple's (http://www.forbes.com/companies/apple/) AAPL -0.11% iPhones.
07:56 Mobile Evolving Mobile Phone Development
Three articles over the last few days reminded me how mobile is still growing and changing. LinkedIn reported their user numbers. They expect to hit their ‘mobile moment’ this year when mobile will account for more than 50 percent of all global traffic. In fact, this...

Mon 21st April, 2014

18:43 '2048' for Symbian All About Symbian
Aha - so THAT's why AppList, the 2014 app store for Symbian, hasn't had any updates or new apps for a week. The developer was busy writing a new game(!) '2048' is a popular Flash game (and rewritten for other mobile OS) and its tile value combining action is now available as a nati...

Fri 18th April, 2014

15:53 Microsoft Offers Developers First Step Toward Universal Apps Phone Scoop
Microsoft today announced the availability of WinJS 2.1, a tool developers can use to help port their Windows apps to Windows Phone 8.1. Microsoft says it should be painless for most developers to recreate their full Windows apps for the Windows Phone platform thanks to WinJS 2.1's...
10:50 HTC releases preview SDK to allow developers to access One... Into Mobile

Thu 17th April, 2014

19:18 LG's Connect is the One Ring to rule Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV,... MobileBurn
My living room currently has three different options for streaming web content to the big screen, and LG today announced that it wants to be able to control all of the major options with a Connect SDK that developers can use to control multiple platforms. Read the full story here.
18:50 SomaSim to Bring City Building Sim "1849" to iPad MobileTechReview
Grab your pickaxe and head out West! Indie developer SomaSim has announced that their Gold Rush-themed city builder, 1849, will release May 8 for PC, Mac, iPad, and Android tablets. Here are the detailed on this upcoming iPad game: With all of the peril and possibility of the ne...
18:13 Windows Phone Store Rolling Out App Review Replies Phone Scoop
Microsoft has begun allowing developers to post responses to reviews of their application in the Windows Phone Store. For now, Microsoft is limiting this feature on a trial basis, though it will expand soon. The responses are emailed to the review author through Microsoft. Microsof...
17:44 Apple’s iOS is playing catch-up to Android SymbianOne
The markets continue their relief rally from Tuesday. It’s a long way back up to where they were this time last week, though. Patience.

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