App Developers Look at Web and Hybrid Apps

A new survey has revealed that software developers have little interest in creating apps for smart TVs or wearables but are increasingly keen on hybrid apps and those for use on the web.

The survey by Ionic, a maker of an app development framework, questioned more than 13,000 developers to find that app developers are finding it harder to get attention for their native apps in app stores.

Essentially, it appears that the market for apps has now turned full circle with apps for the web making a comeback.

The findings, published in The Register, reveal that for developers who are not working for Google, Facebook or Snapchat are finding it increasingly difficult to develop apps.

Controversial gun app hits the headlines

A new app that utilises augmented reality to enable users to shoot someone has been condemned.

Developers in India behind the app say it’s a ‘bit of fun’ but critics say the level of violence could lead to a real incident.

Essentially, the app uses the phone’s camera and captures the real world but then overlays the special effects onto the user’s screen.

Its users can opt to use a pistol, sniper rifle or an assault rifle and even a rocket launcher to attack who they point the camera at.

There is on-screen blood and the option of sound effects to boost the overall effect.

New system could change the way people digest local news

A Google-funded trial has seen beacons being installed in Manchester to beam local news to users’ phones.

The experiment has seen 10 beacons being installed with news providers, public bodies and businesses able to beam targeted news as well as information directly to a mobile phone within 100 metres.

Developers say this ability to pinpoint an audience could transform the way local news is distributed.

The service is free of charge and will work on most mobile devices with Bluetooth and does not require the downloading of a specific app.

It’s part of Google’s Digital News Initiative and content partners include Manchester Evening News, the city council as well as Greater Manchester Police.

In other mobile phone app news …

A walker who fell 60 ft in the Lake District has praised a mobile phone app for saving his life. The man suffered a head injury and rescuers found him via Apple’s ‘Find My Friends’ app.

Waze, an alternative to Google maps, is now available for use on Android Auto.

With growing numbers of youngsters now having a smartphone, parents are being warned to monitor the apps they install. The findings from a Citizens’ Advice survey reveal that parents are being left with hefty bills being run-up by their children – one parent complained of a £300 bill after their 12-year-old son signed up to a games app.

Users of the Uber app are being warned that divorce lawyers are increasingly using the data from the app to catch out cheats. That’s because the mobile phone app logs all journeys as well as pickups, locations and drop-offs so people can be tracked easily. Also, the data cannot be hidden or deleted and is providing a treasure trove of information for divorce lawyers.

It looks like Amazon is about to add its Alexa function into its Android shopping app. The Alexa addition will work in the same way as it does on the Echo platform and can check for things like traffic, weather and news.

The number of complaints from people using banking apps rose again last year, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). Complaints rose from 305 in the year before to 360 over Internet and phone banking problems. Complaints include issues of security and the bank’s failure to carry out a customer’s instructions.

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