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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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Fri 18th April, 2014

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Thu 17th April, 2014

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Wed 16th April, 2014

15:49 HTC Releases Dual-Camera SDK Preview Phone Scoop
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Tue 15th April, 2014

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Mon 14th April, 2014

16:53 Could Microsoft Hijack Android? SymbianOne
Last December I wrote a piece for PCMag.com in which I suggested that Microsoft embrace Android (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2428598,00.asp) for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
13:50 Android NDK Performance Mobile Phone Development
Android apps aren’t just implemented using Java. You can also compile and run c/c++ (NDK) code. This obviously runs faster but how much faster? With newer Dalvik implementations over time, how much faster is c/c++ now? Learn OpenGL ES has a useful post that compares the speed of a digital signal processing (DSP) filter implemented in [...]
11:56 Microsoft Releases Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1 Phone Scoop
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Fri 11th April, 2014

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14:46 Google beefs up Android security with continuous app scanning... SymbianOne
Google is further improving the security of its Android mobile operating system by adding a continuous app scanning feature.

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