Archive for the 'Android' Category

Assessing App Store Revenue

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Benedict Evans has an insightful post comparing Google and Apple app store revenue. Only very recently have Google publicly stated Play Store revenue, I guess because only recently has it become large enough to compare to Apple App Store. The main conclusion is that while Google has about double the number of devices, it pays […]

New Android 4.3 Quad Core Single Board Computer (SBC)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

A Kickstarter project came to fruition recently with the availability of the UDOO quad core 1GHz single board computer that can run Android 4.3. The board measures only 11cm x 8.5cm and has 76 fully available GPIOs, HDMI, WiFi, Ethernet, USB, Mini USB and type A USB.
This board is great for experimentation and might even […]

Developer Economics Q3 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

VisionMobile has a new free Developer Economics report for Q3 2014. As expected iOS and Android continue to hold the greatest mindshare. The only surprise for me is that Windows Phone has been steadily gaining mindshare and is now at 28% of developers. Two out of three developers still target consumers even though enterprise apps offers […]

Facebook Mobile SDK Vulnerability

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Last week I came across a post by MetaIntell regarding a Facebook SDK vulnerability under iOS and Android "affecting billions of installations". I have used the Facebook SDK in multiple Android apps so dug deeper.
There’s more information on the MetaIntell blog. On iOS, the Facebook SDK is storing access tokens in the app’s .plist and […]

A New Database For Mobile

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Realm has just been announced, a new database for mobile. Realm is the first database that has been built specifically for mobile. It claims to use few resources, be easy to use and fast.
Realm also usefully provides migration functionality (from one version of db to the next), an area where some ORM solutions start to […]

What You Ought To Know About Android WebViews

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Do you use WebViews in your Android app? If you say ‘no’, are you sure? What about 3rd party libraries/SDKs that you have included? Many such as ad libraries, Facebook and LinkedIn use WebViews.
In researching references for I realised the use of WebViews is probably the area most overlooked when it comes to security. […]

Android Malware War of Words

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Google’s head of Android security, Adrian Ludwig, has said that people buying anti-malware software for Android will probably get no extra protection over that already provided by Google Play services. The risk of potentially harmful applications ending up on users’ devices is significantly overstated and the actual risk of a damaging app being installed is […]

Increase App Discoverability With Deep Linking

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

URXblog has recent research that shows that only 22% of apps have added deep link tags to their web sites for at least one mobile operating system. The research shows that some areas such as travel have yet to catch on to the fact that their apps can be better discovered if they use deep […]