Mobile Game Revenue Expected to Sky Rocket

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Mon, Apr 06, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

According to eMarketer.com, one particular market in app development that is expected to have tremendous growth over the next few years is mobile gaming, all driven by downloads and most notably in-app purchases. If you’re considering integrating in-app purchases in the next mobile app you develop, take a look at these stats:

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Facebook Reveals First Round of Messenger Partner Apps

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Wed, Apr 01, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

Social media powerhouse, Facebook, recently announced its first round of partner apps that will integrate with Facebook Messenger. Here’s the scoop…

Why welcome third party apps to participate? It’s actually a win-win for both Facebook and its partner apps.  It works for Facebook in that partner apps bring something to Messenger in terms of entertainment and fun.  Their intent is to lure more users to Messenger while further engaging current users.   For partner app developers, they have an opportunity to stand out amongst a sea of competing apps with increased visibility from an affiliation with Facebook.

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What You Need To Know About the Apple Watch

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 03:53 PM

Are you overloaded with Apple Watch information? Well this article will touch on the basic points you need to know about it without all the frills. 

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Tags: apple, apple watch

Apple to Introduce Force Touch for iPhone 6

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

We’re never bored in the mobile app development world as there’s always a new latest and greatest in the works. According to reports, we can expect Force Touch, Apple’s new pressure-sensing technology that will soon be added to Apple Watch and MacBook, to be included in the iPhone 6 update later this year.   

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Tags: apple, iphone, iphone 6

Tips to Create the Perfect Mobile App Icon

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

You’re interested in creating a mobile app for your business with the intent of boosting sales and finding a new way to connect to your consumer. No big deal; it’s just an app, right?  Well, not so fast!  That tiny icon is valuable real estate that must attract attention, become recognizable, and represent your company and brand.  Here are a few tips on how to create an icon that will do just that:

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Tags: mobile app design, mobile apps for business

Does My Business Need a Mobile App?

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

There’s no doubt about it: the mobile device has changed consumers’ expectations about getting access to information, therefore playing a huge role in how products are purchased.  All things point to the mobile device taking over desktop/laptop activity, so it makes sense that if consumers want to be mobile, businesses need to be with them. This prompts many to ask a simple question, “Does my company need a mobile app?”  While we could go on and on about why the answer is “yes”, we will break it down to the basics. 

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Tags: small business, mobile apps for business

Apple’s New Emoji Updates Show More Diversity but Create Controversy

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Tue, Mar 03, 2015 @ 08:51 AM

The latest gossip in the app development world came last week with the release of Apple’s new developer betas for OS X and iOS, which most noticeably included a more diverse set of emoji. This comes a few months after UniCode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update to address emoji diversity.  Unfortunately, their good intentions to please all the world’s people does not come without controversy.  Here’s why…

Included in the new emoji options, there are different skin tones and hair combinations.  Most of the reaction has actually been positive regarding the changes, however, some users (particularly in Asian communities) are upset by the default emoji skin color – yellow.

Image: StyleCaster.com

In a document from Unicode, they state the following regarding the new diverse emoji characters….

“People all over the world want to have emoji that reflect more human diversity, especially for skin tone.  The Unicode emoji characters for people and body parts are meant to be generic, yet following the precedents set by the original Japanese carrier images, they are often shown with a light skin tone instead of a more generic (nonhuman) appearance, such as a yellow/orange color or a silhouette.

Five symbol modifier characters that provide for a range of skin tones for human emoji are planned for Unicode Version 8.0. These characters are based on the six tones of the Fitzpatrick scale, a recognized standard for dermatology. The exact shades may vary between implementations.”

At BlueWhale, we applaud UniCode’s efforts in showing diversity in mobile app development.  As they always say, “You can’t please everyone.”  Well, at least they are trying!

To learn more about the emoji controversy and how these new updates work on older devices and platforms, see mashable.com's article. 

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Tags: apple, iphone

Statistics Show the Importance of Mobile Apps

Posted by Gregg Weiss on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

With so many mobile consumers out there today, you may be wondering if your business should invest in developing a mobile app. Here are a few stats that you should take into consideration:

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Tags: app downloads, mobile app development

Mobile App Development: Difference between iOS and Android

Posted by Christine Morrow on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

Our managing director Gregg Weiss was recently interviewed as part of Clutch’s expert interview series on mobile app development. Clutch, the leading resource for mobile app developer reviews, probed topics such as app development cost and mobile platform selection. 

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Tags: mobile app development

Newest iPhone Game App: Your Heart Rate is the Controller

Posted by Christine Morrow on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

Skip A Beat is the App Store's newest gaming app that requires the user's heart beat to control the game.  This was developed by Happitech and its purpose was the make users more aware of their heart beat; learning to control it in a fun manner.  The concept is unique, because this is the first app that does this.  

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Tags: app store

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