Wear is said to not offer enough for mass adoption, even though its been in the market for over 9 months. I personally have a Gear Live which I purchased 8 months ago, and my experience with it has had its ups and downs throughout my time with it. For the longest time, I was not able to recommend the platform to anyone. Since then, a lot of updates have hit Wear watches, some improving battery life, others changing the...
XDA Partners on Developer Economics Survey with VisionMobile
Trends in any industry are very important, from identifying which hamburgers people are buying to how quickly until the next pop star goes insane on international TV. The mobile app development industry is no different, with many important metrics helping to provide developers with the information necessary to shape their attention for the upcoming months.
XDA was founded for developers by developers, and we take our developers seriously. It is for this very reason that we have partnered with VisionMobile to present their latest survey on mobile app development, opportunities, and challenges: Developer Economics. The survey is used to compile a bi-annual report, which is then made available in the form of a free PDF report.
In this report, VisionMobile takes a close look at some of the latest trends in the mobile ecosystem, including developer Mindshare and platform prioritisation, platform adoption criteria, revenue models and revenues, as well as multi-screen development. State of the Developer Nation examines some of the top mobile platforms, pitting the three leading horses in the race (Android, iOS, and HTML5) versus the newcomers (BlackBerry 10, Windows 8, and Windows Phone) and the up-and-coming platforms (Firefox OS, Tizen, Jolla, Ubuntu). For an example of the vast array of information contained in the report, you can access the latest one from Q2 2013 here.
This 10-minute survey is aimed at app developers. Survey respondents can enter a draw to claim great prizes, including an iPhone, a Galaxy S 4, two Lumia 925 handsets, as well as more cool gadgets. In addition, each of the respondents can claim a free, 1-month subscription to Bugsense’s crash reporting tool.
Also, survey respondents will gain access to the Developer Benchmark Scorecards, a visualization that allows respondents to benchmark themselves in terms of revenues and revenue models, platforms used, app categories, and use of tools versus other developers in the region, based on their responses to the survey (opt-in to the developer panel required).
Finally, the survey results will become publicly available as a free download in January 2014, so that respondents can get a sense of what the latest trends are and what other developers have to say. You can access the Q4 2013 survey here.
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SlimRoms' website has been experiencing technical difficulties for the last month or so, but it's good to know the team is working hard and is still on top of things. The SlimRoms GitHub repos are getting updated with some major changes showing up. Most notably, some projects are getting a new 5.1 branch: lp5.1! A new, revamped and open source website is also in the works, with a look inspired by material design. We also got a tip about an...
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