Earlier this month, Marco Arment, an iOS developer based out of Westchester County, N.Y., posted something that will probably end up proving far more viral than any app he or most of his peers will make. It was a post about Apple.
Most companies wait until the end of the year to announce their biggest successes, but Apple decided to kick off 2015 with news developers were equally eager to share: a sharp rise in App Store sales of 50 percent.
After a difficult year in 2014, the global tablet market is not returning to the levels of growth seen in the last four years as demand for tablets will continue to be slow in 2015 according to latest research from Gartner.
Apple continued to benefit from the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the three months to the end of November 2014, with the iOS operating system increasing its market share in Europe as well as in all other markets except for Japan as surveyed by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
The growth of mobile and the introduction of the Amazon Seller App for mobile devices helped drive sales by Amazon Sellers to 2 billion items in 2014.
"Panic" seems like the appropriate name for an app developer when you hear about a recent App Store fracas the creator of Transmit iOS recently got into with Apple. As the firm recounted in a strange (and no doubt sympathy-inducing) blog post, it recently removed what sounded like a popular feature in its file management tool: the ability to share files to iCloud, Dropbox and similar services. Anyone who has grappled with Apple in the past will probably not be surprised about iCloud.
From new smartphones, operating systems and all kinds of APIs, this has been a year with more opportunities for app makers and just as many challenges. FierceDeveloper reached out to a handful to get their take on what hit home over the past year.
It may not have quite the punch of Apple's iPhone 6 launch, but BlackBerry's attempt to re-ignite interest in its platform by bringing out an updated version of one of its most popular smartphone designs got some surprising reactions from app developers.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a massive deceleration in 2014 with year-over-year growth slowing to 7.2 per cent, down from 52.5 per cent in 2013.