Archive for the 'J2ME' Category

Nokia Asha 501

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Nokia has revealed more about the new Asha platform. There’s a new phone and OS platform aimed at the low end, developing markets evidenced by the Nokia’s product announcement in Delhi.
What’s in it for developers? Well, it’s "a new software platform, which fully leverages Nokia’s investments in Smarterphone, which it acquired in 2012". Apps are […]

Canalys Q2 2011

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Canalys released their worldwide smartphone statistics for Q2 2011 yesterday. An amazing 107.7 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2011. Only a few years ago I was saying the smartphone market was small compared to the market for all phones. Today, smartphones are ubiquitous and mobile development is no longer experimental but mainstream.
Here’s […]

Mobile OS Platform Fragmentation

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The Vision Mobile Developer Economics report has an interesting chart showing fragmentation of the various platforms. That is, the number of versions of an app that have to be developed to cater for different versions of a given OS.

This concurs with my previous observation that problems of Android Fragmentation have been exaggerated. However, I suppose […]

3rd Party App Stores

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Vision Mobile has an interesting new report on developer economics. There are lots of stats and charts comparing platforms but I’ll concentrate on just one specific observation on 3rd party app stores…
"This implies that the marginal cost of distributing an application through one more app store is significant, contrary to popular perception."
"The app store landscape […]

Java ME Fragmentation vs Android Fragmentation

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

James Gosling (the original designer of Java) has an interesting post on comments to his previous blog entry about Google, Oracle and Java.
When asked why Android works well across many phones while Java ME didn’t, he says that…
"Today’s high end phones have an incredible amount of RAM and CPU, which makes interoperability hugely easier for […]

Vision Mobile’s Mobile Developer Economics 2010

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

If you haven’t done so already, I’d take a look at Vision Mobile’s Mobile Developer Economics 2010 sponsored by Telefonica.
One thing I should say is that the term ‘developers’ is a bit misleading in all of this. Mobile developers are driven (employed by) by handset OEMs, carriers, companies, brands, marketing agencies etc. so the economic […]

O2 and Oracle Java Event

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Yesterday evening I went to the O2 Litmus/Oracle Java Developer Event. While the event was advertised as "bringing together some of the best and brightest in web and mobile to share their experiences and discuss the rich and relevant tools available today", I was a bit disappointed there were no new announcements or presentations by […]

The Problems with Frameworks

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I have been following Apple’s very recent lockdown on how apps must be written. The resultant communication between Steve Jobs and Greg Slepak and the related post by John Gruber are worth reading.
I will leave the many other sources to speculate why Apple have done this and discuss the ramifications on companies such as Adobe […]