Blackberry is relying on application ports from developers to build its app database.

Blackberry 10 endured a lot of hype with a launch of a whole new platform. Struggling from a downfall and steep competition from Android as well as iOS, there was a lot riding on the success of this new OS. The Canadian company took cognizance of this fact and marketed their product to the fullest. The company which made a huge mistake of undermining the app market and importance of applications, left no stone un-turned while bringing in developers to create applications for its BB10 platform.

The launch of BB10 was phenomenal, showcasing the feature rich options of the platform. But the most important aspect of the launch was availability of over 70,000 apps in its Blackberry World app store. There were many skeptics who were amazed as to how Blackberry was able to achieve such a feat in very little time. Moreover there were over 1,000 premium applications from top publishers. All in all it proved to be a great starting point for Blackberry, which had a lot of catching up to do.

But as the curtain fell, it turned out that the story of Blackberry is not so sweet after all. Although there is a huge support for BB10 from Blackberry app developers, it turns out that a great portion of applications in its app store is actually ports of its Android counterparts. Nearly half of the applications in the Blackberry app store are not native applications. There is a huge difference in performance of a native app to that of a hybrid app. Native application is able to utilize full capabilities of the hardware as well as software, where as hybrid applications lack that capability.

Although most of the users wont be able to tell the difference, there are substantial shortcomings of using ports rather than native applications. Blackberry is however relying on this port strategy in the short term to help developers get their apps onto the BB10 platform. It encourages developers to build apps for Blackberry 10 and integrate the features that the operating system holds, but for now at least, the company will basically take an app any way it can get it.

Blackberry has been encouraging developers to first port their applications over to BB10 and then use Blackberry application development techniques to optimize it properly. But Blackberry has also made it clear that in its appstore, preference would be given to native applications from marketing point of view. This tangible marketing benefits are very necessary considering the amount of applications that any app store holds.

It is very necessary to have a big database of applications in an appstore in order to counter behemoths like Android and iOS. Due to the fact that the platform is starting from scratch, it needs to spur development as quickly and efficiently as possible. By offering a porting to developers of the most widely used mobile platform, Blackberry is confident that it will be successful in pulling a huge chunk of that pie over to itself. Blackberry wants developers to create apps as soon as possible and let the wounds of the app-less platform heal naturally.

Blackberry 10 endured a lot of hype with a launch of a whole new platform. Struggling from a downfall and steep competition from Android as well as iOS, there was a lot riding on the success of this new OS. The Canadian company took cognizance of this fact and marketed their product to the fullest. The company which made a huge mistake of undermining the app market and importance of applications, left no stone un-turned while bringing in developers to create applications for its BB10 platform.

The launch of BB10 was phenomenal, showcasing the feature rich options of the platform. But the most important aspect of the launch was availability of over 70,000 apps in its Blackberry World app store. There were many skeptics who were amazed as to how Blackberry was able to achieve such a feat in very little time. Moreover there were over 1,000 premium applications from top publishers. All in all it proved to be a great starting point for Blackberry, which had a lot of catching up to do.

But as the curtain fell, it turned out that the story of Blackberry is not so sweet after all. Although there is a huge support for BB10 from Blackberry app developers, it turns out that a great portion of applications in its app store is actually ports of its Android counterparts. Nearly half of the applications in the Blackberry app store are not native applications. There is a huge difference in performance of a native app to that of a hybrid app. Native application is able to utilize full capabilities of the hardware as well as software, where as hybrid applications lack that capability.

Although most of the users wont be able to tell the difference, there are substantial shortcomings of using ports rather than native applications. Blackberry is however relying on this port strategy in the short term to help developers get their apps onto the BB10 platform. It encourages developers to build apps for Blackberry 10 and integrate the features that the operating system holds, but for now at least, the company will basically take an app any way it can get it.

Blackberry has been encouraging developers to first port their applications over to BB10 and then use Blackberry application development techniques to optimize it properly. But Blackberry has also made it clear that in its appstore, preference would be given to native applications from marketing point of view. This tangible marketing benefits are very necessary considering the amount of applications that any app store holds.

It is very necessary to have a big database of applications in an appstore in order to counter behemoths like Android and iOS. Due to the fact that the platform is starting from scratch, it needs to spur development as quickly and efficiently as possible. By offering a porting to developers of the most widely used mobile platform, Blackberry is confident that it will be successful in pulling a huge chunk of that pie over to itself. Blackberry wants developers to create apps as soon as possible and let the wounds of the app-less platform heal naturally.

Enterprise Mobility Solution

How SUP is making it easy to implement Enterprise Mobility.

Over the years there have been many Enterprises that who have started to embrace the mobility solutions. But still there is reluctance among many organizations to take the next leap, citing the possibility of non-uniform transformation. This slow and cautious trend has in turn enabled companies like SAP to offer various tools to make it easy for enterprises to make the transformation.

SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform) or mobile SAP is one such initiative that helps enterprise developers to create applications for enterprises in a definitive way which does not pose any hassles in making the transformation and also keeps the corporate data safe and secure. The basic functionality of this platform is to address the challenges that are invoked in order to connect back-end enterprise data on to mobile devices in a safe and secure environment.

With over 1.5 million combined applications in the Apple app store and Google Play store, mobile applications does seem to be the way of the future. It should also be noted that among these plethora of applications, the business applications are increasing at an exponential rate. There has been a considerable growth in the application for enterprises with nearly three-fourth of the world-wide enterprise market making this transformation.

This is a very positive and a healthy outlook for mobile solutions providers as the mobile app market is growing at a very fast pace. Although there have been a lot of challenges in front of developers as well as organizations, it is important to note that the technology has moved in sync with the market trend which has allowed both sides to provide a middle-ware.

One needs to understand that the core functionality of consumer applications and employee applications of any enterprise work on different modules. The backend data sharing and the business solutions differ in both cases. However, it can be seen that there are many enterprises that are still hesitant to enter the pond of mobility, venturing only so far as simple workflow or approval apps. With SUP coming into picture, the developmental process has been simplified and it has become easy for the enterprises to differentiate between consumer and employee applications.

Due to heterogeneous environments, there are many options available which makes it very complex with various processes overlapping each other. This is also the results of low level of awareness in the organization and misconceptions on ROI(return of Investment). Many enterprises only emphasis on B2C (Business to Customer) and are unclear on B2E (Business to Employees) and B2B (Business to Business).

There is a need to address the challenges through a series of innovative tools to embrace the technology. Over the past few years SUP or Mobile SAP has made its way to the top of mobile app platforms for enterprises. There are many analysts that believe that eventually SAP would be able to break this barrier and the market will then move on a unification road.

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Accelerometer Actions Framework.

There have been a gradual increase in number of sensors that are being built into smartphones, in order to make them more intuitive. This has pushed the boundaries for more alternative methods of interaction with the smartphone. Device gesture recognition has been one such aspect that has garnered a lot of interest of developers. The Accelerometer Actions used in iPhone application development is one such framework which takes in accelerometer actions from the controller and generates corresponding callbacks as per defined in the classes.

This little framework is very easy to integrate into the source code of the application and opens a whole new dimensions of interactions. Developers can use these enhanced interactions in the iPhone and the iPod Touch applications to add more functionality. What is more important to understand is the fact that these group of classes have a very little footprint and does not pose a lot of burden in the performance of the application.

The idea is very simple and involves the application to respond to specific motion that take place during the course of a specific gesture. For example, you might tilt the device in a particular direction to incorporate some action. Currently Accelerometer Action Framework supports seven gestures that can be used by the iPhone app developers. Rotation of device sideways in a clockwise direction.

• Rotation of device sideways in an counter-clockwise direction.
• Moving the top part of the device from right to left.
• Moving the top part of the device from left to right.
• Moving the top part of the device in the upward direction
• Moving the top part of the device in the downward direction
• Strongly shaking the device

Although all of these gestures can be pre-defined in classes and then called on an event occurrence, they are only available in the portrait mode and no support is yet available for landscape mode. When the user invokes any of the following gestures, the accelerometer registers a constant acceleration because of the gravity. This action can then be corresponded to the group of classes defined in the code.

A simple example of using this framework could be gesture based call management. If someone calls you, with your iPhone sitting on the table, a simple action to silent the phone using the gesture “Rotating the device from left to right like if you are turning a key to open a door” can be invoked. So when the iPhone is rotated in clockwise direction, the call management service would silence the ringer. Another example would be tilt to zoom in or zoom out of picture. There are a lot of similar real world applications of using this accelerometer based action framework, which developers can utilize.

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Blackberry application development to increase with launch of BB10

In the last few years, RIM has seen a substantial decrease in its market share worldwide with more than a million subscribers leaving blackberry during a period of three months. As far as application development is concerned blackberry was no where near the likes the Android and iOS. There has been a huge void in the Blackberry app world as far as relevant applications and games are concerned which is why users started to migrate towards other application friendly platforms.

But it seems that things are starting to change, with soon to be launching BB10. There is a promising response from users as well as develop community to support the platform. RIM understands the fact that in order to sustain Blackberry 10, it would require developers to build rich quality applications. The Canadian company even went ahead and promised at least $10,000 revenue to developers who would build applications on its platform.

This is a positive step ahead and could mean that Blackberry could well retain some market share that it has lost. In the recent Blackberry application development program hosted by RIM there were more than 19,000 entries submitted just over the weekend. This means that RIM is well on track and BB10 could turn out to be a savior for them.

Getting such a response from the developers as well as programmers is a huge upliftment for any platform, which would mean that more developers would be driven towards creating content rich applications. This in turn would mean that the user base of Blackberry would also increase. The mobile application economy is booming a lot, as applications are considered to be the lifeline and soul of any smartphones. If Blackberry manages to get substantial amount of relevant applications over its platform, then it would change the fortunes for the company.

The company has put a lot of efforts in its developer outreach program leading to the launch of BB10. They are hopeful that Blackberry 10 phones slated to be launched by the end on Jan 2013, would have more than 70,000 applications. One thing that needs to be kept in mind is the fact that BB10 would starting from scratch with zero subscribers as it is a brand new platform. This would mean that the company would have to bring in some big developers to develop and launch their popular applications alongside the platform in order to reach out to the userbase.
This is a drastic change in tactics for RIM, who few years ago was totally focused on e-mail and messaging application and believed that other applications were not essential for smartphones.

Compared to iOS and Android who both have more than 700,000 applications in their app store, Blackberry 10 to launch fresh with over 70,000 applications is a promising number. Although BB10 has a lot of catching up to do, it should be kept in mind that smartphones are the way of the future and blackberry still has nearly 79 million subscribers for its older platform.

RIM has a substantial presence in the international markets like Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa and its ability to do carrier billing would enable it to emerge a prominent player in the emerging markets.

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NFC Might Shape A Way Of The Future Communication.

NFC (Near Field Communication) is basically a short-range high frequency wireless communication technology that can be used to share data between two NFC capable devices when held closely. Although there is a similar technology in the form of Bluetooth, that has been available for a long period of time in the mobile ecosystem, NFC goes a mile ahead due to its enhanced capabilities. It is easier to setup, but more importantly, it is highly secure due to the short range that is required for it to work. Moreover, this technology can even work when one of the devices is not powered by any source of power, which gives it an edge over the others.

Currently, NFC is being used to share data in the form of contact information like business cards, content like images and documents, and files. But due to its secure wireless communication, its biggest capability comes in the form of electronic payments.

Google has been using this technology in its android devices along with Google Wallet service to make secure payments. It is being seen as a prospect that can enhance the user experience in the modern retail shopping. Imagine going to the grocery store or any retail outlet and just waving your NFC capable mobile device over the counter to make the payment. It eliminates the hassle of carrying your wallet or credit cards and makes shopping a delight.

The potential of NFC doesn’t end at data transfer and payments. For travelers, it can mean reading tickets at the airport or metro station counter without the hassle of carrying printed tickets with them. Once you have checked-in to your hotel, all you have to do is wave your phone in front of your door lock, to open or close the door.

There have also been a lot of prospects seen from the auto makers where they are keen to use NFC technology as an alternative to car keys. There is also the social integration aspect of this technology, where establishments can put NFC tags at the entrance. A user can then just wave their NFC capable device in front of that NFC tag and automatically check-in their status on various social networking websites.

This technology is the way of the future, and there are a lot of applications that can be developed around it. Although the current use of NFC in our daily lives is promising, it holds the key to a future that would revolutionize the way we see communication. NFC is emerging at a rapid pace and having a single device for almost all of the needs is an interesting prospect. One can expect that over the next few years, NFC would change the way we travel, do shopping and communicate with each other.

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Android Jobs Make a Good Comeback Over Apple Jobs in Last Quarter

This time the big cake slice goes to Android for having the maximum share in job market. Unlike the second quarter of the year where Android was on the losing side now Android has reasons to smile and dance as they are the developers in demand. Earlier iOS jobs were in demand but the reason this time they lack is stagnation in their app store.

Since its inception Apple app store has always been successful in luring mobile apps developers towards it. Moreover they have delivered all type of gains to developers for their association with App Store. The best paid app store with millions of users worldwide Apple has been the best till now.

Then come the Android MarketPlace now called Google Play. This app store has gained popularity very unexpectedly and swiftly. This app store also attracted many talented Android apps developers who made this app store second most preferred option for them. Android is the biggest competitor of Apple till now.

This makes it more interesting to see that the last quarter witnesses 16% more jobs for Android developers whereas Apple witnesses almost 30% downfall in jobs which is a matter of concern. The dipping interest of developers in iOS development gives more scope to other players like Microsoft Windows and RIM BlackBerry.

Other technologies which showed great improvement in no. of jobs available are:

  • HTML5- 44% up
  • jQuery- 32%
  • PHP- 19%
  • MYSql- 18%

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