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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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Thu 28th May, 2015

22:38 Android M, the Ultimate Guide MobileBurn
Google dropped Android M on us at the company?s I/O developer's event today, and while the software will not be released until later in the year, Google was kind enough to give us all a detailed breakdown of what is in store. With Android 5.0 Lollipop only seven months old and feeling pretty darn fresh, we expect Android M to wow us and bring something new to the party. Luckily the software really does that and is a pretty rich overhaul of the system, even if it is unlikely to do Android?s fragmented platform any good in terms of unification. Read the full story here.
20:50 Sierra Launches Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions for iOS MobileTechReview
Sierra today announced that Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the fast-paced arcade shooter from independent developer Lucid Games, is now available on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Here's more info on this new iOS game: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions advances the class...
19:53 Play Services 7.5 Adds Smart Lock and Other APIs Phone Scoop
Google today announced Play Services 7.5, an update to the underlying set of code most Android devices rely on for accessing the Play Store and various features within applications. Play Services 7.5 is a big step forward and adds a broad range of new functionalities and associated...
18:43 Google Cardboard Expands to iOS Phone Scoop
Google today provided a small update to its Cardboard virtual reality product. To start, the actual viewer is now larger and simpler to assemble. Google says it will fit phones with screens up to 6 inches, and the viewer assembles in 3 steps rather than 12. Further, Google updated ...
17:23 Google Shows Off Brillo, Its Internet of Things Platform Phone Scoop
Google today announced its own internet-of-things platform called Brillo. Brillo is derived from Android and has minimal system requirements. It has broad silicon support and is easy to secure -- both elements Google felt were important to offer. In coordination with Brillo, Google...
17:05 Google Provides Peek at Android M Phone Scoop
Google today offered up the first bits of information concerning the next release of Android, called Android M for the time being. Google says it has gone back to the basics to make the platform more stable across devices. Google focus on six key areas. First, Android M will expand...
12:46 Microsoft Pledges to Clean Up Windows Store Phone Scoop
Microsoft said it plans to more effectively enforce rules in the Windows Store in order to rid it of duplicate and questionable apps. The company will focus on four main areas: eliminating app clutter; ensuring apps are appropriately priced; distinguishing informational apps; and e...
00:27 Google Says 'Buy' Button to Arrive Soon Phone Scoop
Google plans to make it easier for people to purchase goods online by adding a buy button directly to search results. "There is going to be a buy button, it is actually imminent," said Omid Kordestani, Google's chief business officer, at a conference. The button will appear on mobi...

Wed 27th May, 2015

16:05 Google to Surface iOS App Content in Search Results Phone Scoop
Google today enabled a new functionality that will let the Google Search app find content within iOS apps and include that data in search results. Users will then be able to select the search results and go directly to the associated app on their phone. The functionality must be en...
15:23 Android M Due Tomorrow, Yearly Launches for Future Versions MobileBurn
With Google I/O due to start tomorrow we are all awaiting the first official details about Android M, the next full version of Google's mobile OS. The developer conference will be used to announce the new platform, although Android M is unlikely to land until the end of the year. That will be one year after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it seems as though we will now be treated to a new Android build on a yearly basis. Read the full story here.

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