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The recent political turmoil has given FaceBook a lot of attention – after all, many popular uprisings have been started on FaceBook. This has caused mobile developers and operators to think about using FaceBook for marketing – the question is if this makes sense.

The Danish research firm StrandConsult has now provided us with an except of their analysus on why FaceBook is not well-suited to carrier marketing. Some of the points also apply to smaller houses, which is why the most important ones are right here:

2. Facebook boasts a “free” and open platform. This misleads operators to think that Facebook is an inexpensive medium for marketing. To control its costs and force companies to pay up, Facebook limits the distribution of a company’s message to its fan base, so only a fraction of the fans see the company’s posts. Facebook is not interested to talk to you unless you are already a major brand and are willing to invest hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars in advertising. The dirty little secret about Facebook is that you have to pay to play.

7. Facebook doesn’t build brands; it reflects brands. The biggest brands on Facebook already have a large presence outside of Facebook, and they have large advertising/marketing budgets both online and offline. Almost no companies have been able to build a brand on Facebook from scratch.

10. Facebook can change its terms of service for any reason at any time and with no warning. These changes can have material and negative impacts to operators. One example was when Facebook announced its change to the Timeline format. All those tabs and apps the mobile operators developed, the mini-websites within Facebook so to speak, were made nearly invisible. . Collectively, companies spent hundreds of millions of dollars to customize their Facebook page, and thousands of independent Facebook developers and agencies sprung up in the process. With one announcement, Facebook effectively and instantly rendered operators’ investment on their platform worthless.

Did your company see success on FaceBook?

For someone who has been in the mobile industry since the times when apps cost 10$ a pop and were sold from ESDs, the Freemium model has always been a bit confusing. Long-term follower Nicola Peluchetti has now shared two very interesting articles which should help shine a bit of light on the topic.

Freemium has run its course
Post number one, coming via GigaOm, provides an overview of pros and cons of the Freemium model. It is ideal for all those who are interested in the history of Freemium apps, and also want to decide whether the model makes sense for their products.

Three Steps from Paid to Freemium
Story number two hits us via Betable.com. They have a talk with a Monetization expert from Rovio who explains the actual steps needed to create a successful freemium app – hit it when you have decided that Freemium fits your business concept.

Any interesting links to share?

When developing for Samsung Smart TVs, so far, developers had to use Samsung’s own IDE. It was not bad at all, but, well, different – Eclipse would be the preferred choice for seasoned developers.

Release 3.5 of the SDK finally fixes the issue:
samsung smart tv eclipse Samsung Smart TV now supports Eclipse IDE

Get coding!

The Mobile Asia Expo is scheduled to be held in Shanghai this year from 20-22 June at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.

Mobile Asia Expo comprises of several components:

  • A world-class Expo, showcasing cutting-edge technology, products, devices and apps to mobile professionals and mobile-passionate consumers
  • A thought-leadership Conference for senior mobile professionals, featuring visionary keynotes, panel discussions and world-class networking
  • App Planet, where app developers can learn and expand their knowledge of the popular mobile app marketplace
  • A unique Deal Hub platform to connect qualified buyers and world class solution providers face-to-face to do business
  • And mPowered Brands, a programme dedicated to accelerating marketers’ knowledge and utilization of mobile as a marketing medium

The expo will have several App developer conferences which will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, and encourage audience interaction on a wide range of topics.

Normally, 1-Day Visitor Pass is ¥ 100, but you can receive the pass for free during a limited-time “Early Bird” offer. All you have to do us to visit https://registration.itnintl.com/mae12/regonline/RegLogin.aspx and use the code EVP7F747

Notable App developer conferences include

  • Blackberry Jam sessions: Being held on Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 June, these sessions will help developers fast-track BlackBerry application development and bring apps to the community of over 77 million BlackBerry users worldwide.
  • CMDC ADC: The CMDC ADC will introduce a host of customisable new products as well as keynote speeches on the latest developments in mobile applications and the mobile industry. Taking place on Wednesday, 20 June from 13:30-17:00, this ADC will include a lucky draw at the end of the session.
  • Nokia Developer Day: Nokia’s Developer Day will feature their latest achievements on Windows Phones and the Nokia developer support and incentive program. A special giveaway will be awarded to an attendee at the end of this conference which will take place on Wednesday, 20 June from 15:00-17:00.

Hurry up…Grab while the offer lasts…!!

Happy developing…!!!

Some years ago, reading emails on mobile devices was an acitivity which was, at minimal, uncommon – today, one can say that a huge amount of emails gets read on the run.

This – coupled with ever-improving HTML rendering on mobile devices – makes taking a look at how people read their email on the run interesting. A mass mailing company named MailChimp has compiled a fascinating report, which makes very good late-night reading.

Find out more via the URL below:
http://mailchimp.com/resources/guides/html/email-on-mobile-devices/

When it comes to webOS, not much has been changed in the development arena recently. However, one developer has managed an update to its developer tools.

A post on the webOS developer blog contains the following update:

With Version 1.6.0, PhoneGap for webOS now supports the compass sensor found in the HP TouchPad. The initial work to enable the functionality in Phonegap was done by Markus Leutwyler, a webOS Developer Relations team member, and HP officially contributed to the project.

Not much to add here…

When it comes to press releases in the mobile space, the trigger events tend to be pretty clear: release, update and one million downloads. However, it can also make perfect sense to tie in with real-world events.

A company called BuddyCalc has now sent out the following release, mocking a recent US Government scandal:

Hookergate is obviously not an ‘event’ we would necessarily want to link to our Apple iPhone/iPad app ‘BuddyCalc’, but in this case it could have been a smart move to use BuddyCalc PRO in order to avoid any discussions afterwards over who paid what and who owes whom how much! BuddyCalc PRO handles cost sharing events, keeps track of expenses and makes dividing up costs between your friends easy. You can even allocate cost items to individuals if you do not want to share these specific expenses.

Brussels, Belgium – BuddyCalc PRO, released in January 2012 and last updated on 21 March, handles cost sharing events, keeps track of expenses and makes complex calculations among friends a thing of the past. Its little sister App, BuddyCalc Free with a 5 star rating in the App Store, can be used for simple cost-sharing calculations among friends and handles one event at the time.

Even though such a release is unlikely to ever run on a mobile computing news site, it has a realistic potential to be picked up by larger news media.

So, why not take a stab next time?

When it comes to apps being downloaded, the mobile market’s growth has led to some apps being downloaded literally millions of times. Sadly, the “average” developer has seen rather little of this trend.

The folks from InnerActive have now sent us the following chart:
app download probabilities Download probabilities   the app success probability table

Not much to add here…

This one goes out to all those of you interested in Apps on TV – Samsung, the incumbent in this market, has recently released a small update to its SDK which mainly fixes the advertising component.

The release announcement reads as following:

Samsung SMART TV team is pleased to release the SDK 3.1.1 version

The SDK 3.1.1 had solved the banner problem of In-App Ads from SDK 3.1.0.

If you try to develop the function of In-App Ads, use the SDK 3.1.1.

The install file URL about SDK 3.1.1 (you can see the information about this version):

http://www.samsungdforum.com/Devtools/Sdkdownload

The document URL about SDK 3.1.1 :

http://www.samsungdforum.com/Guide/GuideList

Not much to add here…

So far, the Qt for Android project has been little less than a permanent source of delight for Qt programmers frustrated by Nokia’s lack of interest in the future of its platform – Bodgan Vatra, after all, did a superior job with the project so far.

Sadly, it looks like the switch to KDE’s infrastructure has raised major unhappyness with some contributors. The email below is from one contributor, with the italic answers from Bodgan Vatra:

WARNING! This post is a rant, expresses only my own opinion and feelings might be harmed during the course of this reading.

(RANT)

This post is a reaction to a thread on the dev list where Bogdan was lamenting on the lack of commitment to the project.
I found it both laughable and pathetic in the sense that NOTHING is done to make it a project you can be committed to, and I’ll expose, IMHO, why.

Until now I find your remarks very insulting …

1) This is a one man (and a half, sorry Ray), “benevolent despot” kind of project.

I’m not going to accept you to insult Ray ! Ray’s contribution is not half !
Because Ray dedicate his free time to this project, now 4000+ users can use this project on windows and mac ! What have you done for this project ?

Bogdan IS the project. Every single decision is made by him without discussions nor appeal. He has his vision for the project (that I didn’t find, but it could be hidden in one of the zillions places the project is scattered into. More on this later) and I don’t feel like he is open to discuss/challenge this vision.


I’m confused ! First you say that “He has his vision for the project that I didn’t find .. ” then you say “I don’t feel like he is open to discuss/ challenge this vision.” !
If you don’t know my vision, how can you say that I’m not open to discuss it, did we ever discuss it ?

Anyway, my expectations for this project are here:

http://community.kde.org/index.php?title=Necessitas

We (you and me) had a few discussions before, but I don’t remember I have been that close…
We talk about menus and about look&feel plugin, I remember that we had different approaches on this topic, you wanted add android look&feel only to your QML, I didn’t agreed, because I still want to support class widgets.
It means that I’m not open to discuss? Please give me more hints on this matter !
BTW Android 9patch is more complex than the standard, so, you can’t use QML BorderImage (qDrawBorderPixmap) to draw the images !

This is human. AFAIK Bogdan created the project and feels he has all rights on it (which he has), but that prevents real involvement from others.
Fact is, if Bogdan is unavailable, the project just plain stops.


Every community project, is based on meritocracy:
You code/contribute, then you have the right to make decisions !

2) NOTHING is done to make it a community project.

I already ranted about this, but the scattering of the project resources is just plain ridiculous, laughable and a HOWTO not to make a coherent project.
Wiki on sourceforge, 1 mailing list on kde and 1 on google groups, 1 bug tracker on sourceforge and 1 on google code, unclear/hidden master repository, unclear contribution process, which leads me to:


If you search this mailing list you’ll find all the informations you
need:
- regarding HOWTO and other information: The sf.net pages was written by Damine Treg, sadly he didn’t had time to continue, so I asked may times for peoples help !
Nobody wanted to do it! I can’t do everything by myself !
- 1 on google groups – this is a high traffic general mailing list used by everybody.
- 1 mailing list on kde – this one is a low traffic mailing list used only by developers, I don’t have time to read all posts on google.
- 1 bug tracker on sourceforge and 1 on google code – it was discuss many times before, ONLY bug tracker on sourceforge should be used.
- unclear/hidden master repository: check http://community.kde.org/Necessitas/Repositories
- unclear contribution process, as I already said to you before is not may fault !

3) What the f… does necessitas has to do with KDE?

I only assume Bogdan and Ray are KDE devs and that it is easy for them to host necessitas’s master git and “contribution process” on KDE, but this is VERY wrong from a necessitas perspective. KDE might have its own contribution process but it is irrelevant to us and ridiculous for a necessitas contributor to have to register a kde account to be able to use reviewboard, itself, IMHO, a very obscure and complicated system for code contribution vs. what is existing in github or gitorious.
Obviously, all merge requests in the gitorious clone are ignored.
Pretty please, make gitorious the main repository, use gitorious merge request system and do whatever KDE stuff you fancy do in your own KDE corner.

It has everything to do with KDE! Necessitas *IS* a KDE project !
Again, searching this list will give you enough informations.
I’ll try to summarize: When I released first alpha I had to put Ministro libs somewhere, I used some free servers to put the libs, but it was not a good solution. I dedicated my free time to this project and I didn’t wanted to give also my money, so I had to find a reliable solution, back then Nokia just joined Microsoft, to fight against android, so, I had to join somebody, KDE was the natural choice, we share the same goal:
To keep QT free and powerful.

Regarding contributions: We want to upstream everything, the problems
are:
– Nokia doesn’t accept contributions without accepting and sign their contributors agreement,
– I can’t move the project to qt-project.org (they don’t want it yet because is not finished) so you can’t accept their agreement, when you publish your patch.
– The ONLY solution was to “force” contributors to release their code under BSD or public domain

4) Accept contribution, reject them, discuss them or ask for update, DON’T rewrite them.

Crying for contribution, then taking some parts of a patch to rewrite it you way, mostly incompatible with the original patch, is NOT the way to go to motivate contributors.


Again I find some of your remarks very insulting, I’m not “crying”
for contribution !
I’m happy to have more contributor, but i’m not crying !

Some time is easier/faster to rewrite them, then to reject a patch or to ask for updates ! e.g. the menus patch that you sent [1], it didn’t work at all, but I’ve seen a lot potential, so I decide to make it work [2] !
I *CREDIT YOU FOR YOUR WORK* and I push a working version, so, what was wrong in that ?

Probably you are frustrated because I had to revert your last patch, because it was a fiasco, it made the applications almost unusable, is that my fault ?
Probably it is, because I trust your patch and I didn’t run and check all the tests before push it !
The problem is to run and check all the tests it takes too much (1-3 days).

5) The project is sloooooowwwwww.

Due to 1), 2) and Bogdan’s limited availability, necessitas is slow to progress in its own right. I kind of made my own necessitas fork to move on, and due to 4) it has diverged so much from the main trunk that I’m not sure I’ll bother rebasing.

6) Maybe related to 3), I don’t know if it is necessitas or KDE, but one should definitely learn about the “git rebase” command.

All the merges coming from I don’t know which branches makes the git repository unreadable. The proper way to merge upstream is to rebase and resolve conflicts. Merging upstream is pure lazyness.


WOW you are so good! We didn’t know about “git rebase” command !!!
Of course you forgot to learn that you can’t use “git rebase” command when more than one people is using that branch !
Check http://lwn.net/Articles/328438/ for more info on this topic.

Merging with upstream is NOT lazyness, is responsibility !

Bottom line:

Necessitas is NOT a community project.

Unless the issues outlined are addressed, It is pointless to whine about necessitas’ lack of contribution.
I suspect many of the more knowledgeable potential contributors will just take the trunk and adapt it to their needs, without bothering trying to contribute it back. Unless the project becomes more community friendly, I’m open to contribute to a potential fork.

(/RANT)


I’m open to discuss what is wrong with my vision !
I’m open to know other people vision, so, please share your vision with us!

Don’t forget that this project is based on meritocracy! Even if you have a vision, remember that you must to code it, not only to discuss it !

To be clear: I’m open to discuss, but I’m not going to “cry” for contributors or to accept contributions with insults in the same box !

In the name of the entire Qt community, we can but urge all partners to find a peaceful common ground – if mediation is needed, the Tamoggemon team would love to come to aid…

HP has decided to open source parts of webOS 3.0.5 and labeled it as community edition. Though we are very happy about this baby step towards open sourcing, the actual open sourcing is far from real at present.

According to a blog post at HP webOS developer blog

Note that this release is not directly related to our Open webOS project, which remains dedicated to open sourcing an up-leveled version of webOS…

…We are publishing this legacy code to provide members of our community around the globe the ability to work with legacy devices using the current platform. One of our core values is that as many components of future and legacy operating systems should be open to the community. We value the contributions the webOS community has made over the past few years, and hope that this additional release will help you better understand the platform and create a constructive environment for moving forward as Open webOS itself is released.

Finally some sense towards the legacy devices…!!!

When it comes to mobile advertising, it is now difficult to find an ad-free free app on platforms like Android and iOS. For many, this seems to compensate at least somewhat for the loss of sales in “classic” business models.

As for the ad market overall, the folks from the advertising firm inneractive have just sent us the following, pretty interesting diagram:
ads barcabarca Since February 2011, mobile ad revenue grew by 522%

What do you think?

Research2guidance, the ever number crunching company has produced it’s latest report concerning development for smartphones.

In 2011 publishers created $US 6.8 billion in application download revenues while app development revenues reached $US 20.5 billion. The development service became a mass market almost 3 times of the size of the application download market today.

chart 1.2012 Research: Market for mobile app development services reached $US 20.5 billion in 2011

The market for mobile application development services, including application creation, management, distribution and extension services, has reached $US 20.5 billion vs. $US 6.8 billion in app downloads in 2011. Thus the development market surpassed the content market by the factor of 3.

Today most app project revenue is generated from “classical” app creation services (concept creation, design and coding). New service types like app libraries, white label solutions and multi platform app development tools have become more and more popular, but do not yet take a major share of the market.

Prices for application development services vary significantly between regions. UK developers charge $US 626 per day whereas competitors from India charge, on average, $US 138 per working day.

App development partners using price as the main criteria for selection will not be lead to an optimal solution as most of the price differences are offset by the additional time needed by offshore app developers.

App developers can get a copy of the 98 page report from http://www.research2guidance.com/the-market-for-mobile-app-development-services-reached-us-20.5-billion-in-2011/

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