• Ericsson opens up Bowser in WebRTC push

    Ericsson has made its Bowser web browser and its OpenWebRTC framework free and open source in a bid to stimulate innovation among WebRTC developers.

  • Taqua and Kineto become one to accelerate VoWIFI deployment

    Mobile and fixed IP convergence systems supplier Taqua has acquired VoWIFI developer Kineto Wireless.

  • Nokia Networks, Intel launch innovation centre

    Nokia and Intel are launching a new innovation centre in Bath, UK, to allow networks operators and app developers to test the vendor's new Liquid Applications platform.

  • Amazon targets developers with new app services

    Amazon Web Services has launched a range of new features for app developers, including the ability to manage user information and app data across a range of different devices.

  • Amazon opens new Fire smartphone to developers

    Amazon is targeting developers for the two new features of its Fire smartphone, the Dynamic Perspective navigation function and the Firefly discovery tool.

  • Mozilla turns on Flame for developers

    Mozilla has opened preorders on its first reference device for developers working on apps for the digital company's Firefox OS.

  • Firefox guns for games developers with latest OS update

    Mozilla has targeted games developers with its latest version of Firefox OS and updated its messaging and camera functionalities.

  • Google brings Chromecast to Europe, urges developers to launch apps

    Google has launched its digital media player Chromecast into Europe, with more than 3,000 developers working on apps and websites for the dongle.

  • Rohde & Schwarz readies developers for LTE-A devices

    Rohde & Schwarz said it has become the first T&M equipment supplier to offer a test solution for 3GPP LTE uplink with MIMO technology.

  • EricssonIPX aiming to attract NFC developers with TSM testing kit

    Ericsson has announced the release of a development kit for its Trusted Service Manager (TSM) service. With the development kit, selected partners can remotely deploy, update and delete applications, while maintaining the same security level as in a real-life implementation through a standards-based TSM platform. This means that partners can test their applications, with actual users, even in a commercial environment. With the launch of the kit, Ericsson hopes to boost the advancement of compelling NFC applications, within access control, payment, loyalty or ticketing.

  • Telit and Telefonica Digital target premium M2M services at smaller applications developers

    Telit Wireless Solutions has announced a global strategic partnership with Telefónica to offer the premium value-added services, customer support, module innovation and global connectivity previously reserved for larger firms.

  • Skyhook and PlaceIQ to combine location databases for developers and advertisers

    "PlaceIQ shows who the people are and what they are doing, while SpotRank shows how many are actually present at any given time and place."

  • fg microtec enables 'real' VoIP for BlackBerry application developers

    fg microtec, a specialist provider of enterprise unified telephony applications for mobile phones, today announced the availability of the fgVoIP Engine which, says fg, enables BlackBerry developers, for the first time, to integrate a third party VoIP technologywith high-quality full duplex media processing capabilities into applications they build for the BlackBerry platform.

  • Vodafone opens to developers

    Developers can now publish apps to the Vodafone 360 Shop through the website to selected Vodafone operating companies in Europe. Developers can choose to select from one, some or all of the selected markets for each app they publish.
  • Distimo launches free app store analytics tool for mobile developers

    Distimo, a Netherlands app store analytics company, today announced the public beta launch of Distimo Monitor, a free app store analytics tool for mobile developers that is said to offer insight into the performance of a developer's apps and their competitors' in multiple app stores.

    Distimo Monitor collects all relevant statistics about mobile applications across all app stores and provides developers with a comprehensive dashboard that includes the total daily downloads, revenues and rankings worldwide of their application(s). It also allows the developer to see how they stack up against their competitors by comparing their own apps against competitive apps in any country. Developers can then use this knowledge to adjust pricing and distribution channels to maximize the growth and revenue streams of their apps.

    Features of Distimo Monitor are said to include: 

    • Free to use
    • Monitor daily download and revenue figures
    • No code insertion required in the developer's application
    • Provides valuable insight into performance of competing applications
    • Monitor unlimited number of applications
    • Currency conversion for all major currencies
    • Support for multiple stores including the Apple App Store and Google Android Market

    "The mobile application space is extremely competitive and it is challenging for developers to gain insight into what is really happening in the various stores," states Vincent Hoogsteder, CEO and co-founder of Distimo. "We previously worked for a mobile app developer, and Distimo Monitor was born from the challenges we experienced firsthand with distributing apps in mobile app stores. An increasing number of developers are now distributing their apps in multiple app stores, and Distimo Monitor supports them by taking away all of the manual reporting work required with distributing an application in multiple stores."

    Distimo Monitor plans to add additional support for other app stores including BlackBerry App World, Nokia Ovi Store, Palm App Catalog, Windows Marketplace for Mobile, as well as mobile operator and independent stores such as Verizon VCast and GetJar.

  • What do apps developers make of mobile operators?

    Application developers give their views - on video

    Thought I would get this out. We had a little fun trawling the App Planet area at MWC2010 speaking to developers and pulled together this little piece. There are a couple of deliberateerrors in there on my part (it's Wholesale Apps Community, not Wholesale Community Apps. And it's more than 12 operators. And App Planet wasn't just about operators, of course.)

  • App developers shouldn’t get fixated with Apple, says comScore

    Mobile operators have improved their potential position in app space following WAC initiative

    I've just got an email from comScore, via its PR firm, about its impressions of app store developments at MWC 2010.The opinions in it are attributed to Alistair Hill, a senior analyst at comScore, a company that provides demographic data related to online browsing, buying, and other online transaction behaviour.

  • Mobile operators join forces to attract app developers

    The sheer breadth of the ‘Wholesale Applications Community' initiative, backed by the GSMA, will stir up the app market

    Mobile operators, apparently heeding the dangers of being sidelined in the app store market by the likes of Apple and some of their traditional handset suppliers, have joined forces in an attempt to woo the app developer community and so call more of the shots in this burgeoning market.

  • Anite launches new Mobile WiMAX Host Tester for developers and integrators

    Anite, a specialist in testing technology for the wireless industry, has today announced the launch of its Mobile WiMAX Host Tester, said to be the only Host Testing Solution available in the market for Mobile Station Stack developers and integrators.

    For mobile handset and base station developers, Anite's Host Tester (HT) allows the user to test the protocol stack in isolation of any hardware. This has benefits in two principal development phases, pre-ASIC fabrication and during SW regression testing. Using the HT, the user reduces the risk of multiple chipset development turns by correcting potential problems in the pre-silicon protocol development stage, providing developers with the ability to test before the final chipset hardware is completed.

    During regression phases, new SW updates can be tested in Host mode to isolate whether problems have been introduced on the HW or SW. In addition to development tests, HT also supports Protocol Conformance Testing (PCT), a certification requirement of Mobile WiMAX as defined by the WiMAX Forum. HT supports data throughput testing and has loop-back functionality.

    "A tool like this will significantly improve a product's maturity and time-to-market," said Vijay Harikumar, Director of Global Sales and Marketing, Anite. "For the development of WiMAX products, shortening the time to achieve product certification through effective testing is a critical success factor in the evolving WiMAX ecosystem."

    Customers require a simple integration of their MAC layer to Anite's simulated Physical layer via a user-defined protocol connection. Anite's HT simulates the hardware and PHY layer functionality, which is required to run TTCN test cases for testing a Mobile Station's MAC layer. Additionally, HT provides flexibility where broadcast messages are changed in TTCN code and changes are reflected in PHY messages sent to MS MAC.

    "When undergoing Mobile WiMAX testing, there is no need for hardware. Performing these processes in a software-only environment provides better quality testing and allows testing to be done in parallel with development efforts prior to ASIC involvement," said Tzachi Zack, Product Marketing Manager, Anite.

  • Remote device testing for apps developers

    Applications developers in Europe will soon be able to test applications on real devices without incurring the costs of purchasing handsets and subscriptions, with a succession of in-country launches of Device Anywhere from Mobile Complete.

    Mobile Complete’s service works by siting a range of real, physical devices within a local data centre, reflecting the scope of operator devices within that market. For an initial fee and then a per-hour charge, an application developer can then test his application against that device, through an internet connection. When the developer clicks on a desktop representation of the mobile, electrical connections to the handset itself mirror those keystrokes, performing the actual commands. The system allows developers to run tests against a range of platforms and handsets, both commercial and pre-commercial.

    Faraz Syed, ceo of Mobile Complete, said that usually developers have to buy a number of handsets, plus airtime, if they wanted to test an application against them. The ASP model Mobile Complete has put together defrays that cost by up to a factor of five, he said,

    Mobile Complete already has a contract with Sprint, in the US, within which Sprint points all its apps dev work towards the system, and is working to put a similar deal together with O2, as well as a number of other operators, Syed said. If an operator has a Partner programme, MC hopes to hook into that, enabling an operator’s partners to be able to port applications knowing they have met an operator’s own standards. Similarly, developer communities testing against a platform or OS environment could reduce the demands on testing and porting of applications.

    The web front end can be viewed collaboratively, and captures actual screenshots from each test stage, which can be played back as a video, or saved and annotated. Mobile Complete also has automated scripts which it says it will add to the Device Anywhere service – allowing developers to run tests without being present, for later review.

    Test handsets are already located in the UK and Germany, with France to follow later this year. Mobile Complete plans to have presence in Spain and Italy soon after.

    Syed said that as well as reduced development costs, time to market and porting times can be dramatically reduced.

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