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…!!!

Call it OMG, but a number of big devs out there have been slapped with a lawsuit on stealing user data through their apps without the user consent.

According to Mobile Business Briefing

In a filing made to the US district court for Texas, companies listed include social app developers Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, Path, LinkedIn and Twitter, games companies EA, Rovio and ZeptoLab, plus several other high-profile titles.

The suit, on behalf of 13 consumers, calls for firms to stop harvesting data without user consent, and also seeks monetary compensation.

This puts a serious question on the moral integrity of the above developers whom the consumers trust blindly. They might claim whatever, butit is still to be established what has been done with the data that has been accumulated by such means.

We wait for the court to find out.until then, stay tuned…!!

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…!!!

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/

Localized apps are the future when it comes to China.

ABI research has published it’s findings, the excerpts of which are as follows

Providing localized features for apps will drive 5.5 billion downloads in China in 2012. An example of a successful localized app is Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja for China, which includes Chinese zodiac animal images.

Working with local developers and social networks is another way in which foreign developers can localize their apps.

Research analyst Fei-Feng Seet quoted

Regardless of device type, successful apps in the Chinese market are those with a local look and feel and incorporate local content.

China has the most cellphone subscribers in the world, and it is adopting smartphones at an exponential rate. With this adoption rate and the emergence of different app stores,  developers who add a local touch to their apps are at a chance of earning higher than the others.

Richard Kerris, the man responsible to glue HP and developers together (read as Vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS) has left HP to pursue other interests (read as a job opportunity at Nokia).

HP quotes

Richard Kerris, vice president, Worldwide Developer Relations for webOS, has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately.  We are grateful for his service and contributions he has made to HP and the webOS community.

Nine months was the time that Kerris spent with HP. The jump from the burning platform was inevitable, but no wise man jumps from one burning platform to another.

Marco Argenti, Nokia SVP of Developer and Marketplace, tweets

Great people are what makes the difference, always. I’m excited to welcome Richard Kerris in my team as Global Head of Developer Relations.

Bang…!!! The job description remains the same at Nokia, although more challenging, as Nokia is hell bent on pissing off it’s developers (Nokia World Hackathon…hint…hint).

Welcome to the jungle Kerris, is all we have to say…!!

After waving goodbye to the webOS platform, HP has decided to cut more jobs pertaining to webOS development.

Mobile Business Briefing reports

HP announced in August that it would stop offering devices powered by webOS, and was “exploring strategic alternatives” for the device software platform. HP acquired webOS – which powered its short-lived TouchPad tablet – when it bought Palm in 2010 but has said it plans to shut down its mobile devices business during its fiscal fourth quarter which ends on 31 October.

This sure is a bad news for developers and engineers alike. The silver lining here is that the developers would now be a soft target for Apple and Google.

Well guess what? MSFT has blown the trumpet. It is now openly inviting webOS devs to develop for Windows Phone 7.

According to a tweet by Brandon Watson – senior director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft.

Brandon-Watson-webOS-tweet

Watson is the same man who had recently bet $1,000 on Windows Phone 7 with the author of popular comic strip Dilbert.

With webOS devs hitting the panic button, MSFT will surely be luring a lot of devs to develop on the Windows Phone 7 platform.

For Watson it’s a simple approach. “Someone asked me why,” he said over Twitter. “Because every developer matters, that’s why.”

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

So we received an email from HP saying that the devs need not worry as everything is in place….except the Hardware.

RIP WEBOS featured image thumb HP tells devs not to worry, WebOS will live

Dear webOS developer:

We have opened the next chapter for webOS, and we understand that you must have many questions. Yesterday we announced that we will focus on the future of webOS as a software platform but we will no longer be producing webOS devices. While this was a difficult decision, it’s one that will strengthen our ability to focus on further innovating with webOS as we forge our path forward. Throughout this journey, our developers will continue to be a vital part of the future of webOS.

We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog. Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.

As many of you are aware, we are currently scheduled to hold many developer events around the world. We are planning to continue with these events, however, due to the recent announcements; the nature of them will change. These updates will be posted on our events registration site this coming week. We are eager to present to you the updated strategy for webOS and to hear your feedback.

Lastly, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for your ongoing support for webOS and the many teams responsible for it here at HP. This is a particularly dynamic time in the mobile industry and sometimes tough decisions need to be made about not only what to do, but also what not to do. This has been one of those times. Together with our great webOS developer community, we are confident that we will meet the challenges ahead and build momentum for optimal success.

We will be communicating with you frequently over the next few weeks and we look forward to hearing from you throughout this process.

Thanks for your support

Richard Kerris
VP webOS Developer Relations

Well HP, who do you think, would be interested in raising an infant who was born very late and whose parents left him to rot and die, hoping that someone will be it’s foster parent??

What do you think??

Image courtesy

GetJar, the very first app store of the mobile world, asked developers about their current and future development interests.

GetJar logo with shadow thumb GetJar tells us where the developers’ interests head to

The results were quite surprising. The polls figure said:

80 percent of respondents stated that they are developing for iOS for iPhone/iPod Touch today, which declines to 55.6 percent who are planning to develop for this platform in six months time. The same trend is seen in iOS for tablets, which sees developer backing decreasing from 59 percent to 52 percent.

In short, the popularity of app developers towards Apple is taking a hit.

Android for smartphone currently has 51.2 percent support, which will increase to 58 percent six months from now. And Android for tablets currently has 20.5 percent, which will more than double to 47 percent.

That means that the Android folks will not quit their remarkable exponential growth. The same will be reflected in six months’ time.

Interestingly,

Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform is set to be more popular with developers than web apps, BlackBerry for smartphones and tablets, and HP’s webOS.  Some 24 percent of developers intend developing for the MS platform in the future, compared to less than 9 percent today. While that is still less than half of the interest in Android, GetJar said that “given Windows’ small base it looks like there is some optimism for the Nokia/Windows alliance.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey noted a continued fall in support for Symbian OS, with less than 7 percent of developers stating they will be supporting the platform in six months time. Fewer than 20 percent of developers think the OS will be around in “the next couple of years.”

RIM’s BlackBerry OS also faces challenges, with less than 15 percent of developers interested in developing for the platform in the next six months. Less than half of the developers believe the platform will survive the next five years.

While presently, around 80% of current developer junta is targeting iOS, around 44.4% of devs are targeting towards Android. The scales  will indeed be tipped in Android’s favor in six  months from now, if the poll is to be believed, with over 70% devs developing for android.

The news is surely bad for already troubled RIM and HP, Symbian fans will be equally annoyed by this poll outcome.

But for Nokia-MSFT alliance, this sure is the silver lining of the clouds. Bad news for Apple though.

Stay tuned for more…!!!!

Good news webOS devs. HP is holding webOS Worldwide Developer Events this fall.

The events will be at Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Madrid, Milan and Mexico City.

You will not only gain knowledge from the veterans and the more experienced developers, but you will also get to share your ideas and have Q&A sessions to have a better understanding on the platform.

Details can found below for the same. The best part is that there is no fee for participation ;) .

Register Now for HP webOS Worldwide Developer Events

Who:       Developers, designers and mobile expressionists

What:      webOS Workshop and webOS CONNECT events

Where:    Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Madrid, Milan and Mexico City

When:     September – October, 2011

Why:      – Accelerate you webOS development

- Direct access to webOS engineers, designers and business development experts

- Experience product demos and hands-on access to HP devices

- Learn how to incorporate unique webOS features into your mobile applications

- Bring your imagination and skills to life with the webOS 3.0 Enyo framework, innovative tools and an elegant user                                  interface using HP’s world-class web-based platform

- Connect with one of the most passionate and creative developer communities anywhere

- Be our guest. It’s free to attend.

Register Now

So what are you waiting for? Just hit the Register Today button and enroll yourself for symposiums on webOS enlightenment.

Happy developing…!!!

If you are a webOS developer and have your app(s) published on webOS platform, there is a strong possibility that you have received less payment from HP. The Email from HP states the whole scenario

 

Dear webOS developer:


We identified an issue that caused incorrect download and revenue share figures to be displayed in June’s Monthly Sales Report on the developer portal. As a result, some developers received payments that were different from what was reported. Please be assured that the monthly payments you receive are based on the correct download figures. However, we appreciate your patience and have decided to send developers an additional payment to match the reported amount for June.
These payments will be applied to developers’ accounts over the next few weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sincerely,
Your HP webOS Developer Relations Team

Fortunately, HP is smart enough to support it’s developers (and to be safe from financial audit discrepancies) and issue them the money that is rightfully theirs.

Do let us know what you feel about this story…!!

According to Wikipedia,

A Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention. The exclusive right granted to a patentee in most countries is the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg. The hard fact lies beneath. Patents are granted for an uncomfortably long duration of  time. And companies are, and have been using, or rather abusing, the patent system to cut down on competition and kill creativity.

The instant question that comes to the mind after reading the above statement is that “Mr Singh, are you referring to the Microsoft and Android patent wars and extortion?” My answer would be yes. The world thinks that Microsoft and Apple are evil corporations that do not have anything else to do rather than bug small time firms, which are already hard on cash, with their lousy patent wars.

But they did not come with this ingenious idea by themselves. Probability is that someone from these companies might have had read history. And there goes a story 30 years prior to the present day.

When Sun microsystems was still in its infancy, in 1980, a team of men dressed in dark blue  suits visited its office to tell Sun that it was infringing seven of  IBM’s patents. In the largest conference room Sun had, they all crammed up along with the employees of Sun, all of who had engineering and law degrees.

After IBM presented them with a “presentation” on how Sun infringed on IBM’s patents, Sun meticulously busted their claims on a whiteboard.

The chief blue suit orchestrated the presentation of the seven patents IBM claimed were infringed, the most prominent of which was IBM’s notorious “fat lines” patent: To turn a thin line on a computer screen into a broad line, you go up and down an equal distance from the ends of the thin line and then connect the four points. You probably learned this technique for turning a line into a rectangle in seventh-grade geometry, and, doubtless, you believe it was devised by Euclid or some such 3,000-year-old thinker. Not according to the examiners of the USPTO, who awarded IBM a patent on the process.

After Sun had ingeniously defended its stance and proved that only one of the seven IBM patents would be deemed valid by a court, and no rational court would find that Sun’s technology infringed even that one.

An awkward silence ensued. The blue suits did not even confer among themselves. They just sat there, stonelike. Finally, the chief suit responded. “OK,” he said, “maybe you don’t infringe these seven patents. But we have 10,000 U.S. patents. Do you really want us to go back to Armonk [IBM headquarters in New York] and find seven patents you do infringe? Or do you want to make this easy and just pay us $20 million?”
After a modest bit of negotiation, Sun cut IBM a check, and the blue suits went to the next company on their hit list.

Now comes  the story of the developers in the US. Apparently, app developers are withdrawing their apps from the US App store and the Android Market for no reason other than the fear of a lawsuit from corporations like MS, Apple, and companies like an Lodsys and similar kind who have gone on a patent trolling crusade.

These patents have grown up into a revenue generating tool. The trick is simple, you just find a small time company who infringes a part of your patent, and you threaten it with a choice: lawsuit or extortion. The small time developers, even if they are not guilty, are not able to bear the costs of defending themselves. They eventually have to give up.

Developers have responded to this with comments like

…selling software in the US has already reached the non-viable tipping point

…starting to get seriously concerned about my future as a software developer due to these patent issues

…far too dangerous to do business in the US because of the risk of software patent lawsuits.

Screen shot The story of patent wars and developer woes

Just imagine the tremendous loss of the consumer and creativity alike.

We wonder if the current patent system makes any sense for a free market economy? Even a child would deduce that the patent system, combined with extortion would do nothing more  than killing the introduction of new and better products.

Readers are welcome to share their thoughts on the same.

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