The Day the Earth Stood Still

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Today, Apple introduced its Lion operating system and with it a bunch of new features. It also announced that over 25 million iPads have been sold since its launch last April, and other Mac-related numbers like the volume of apps downloaded from the App Store and music served — it’s simply staggering! But enough about Apple and His Holiness Steve. Let me turn to the real point of this post. We are running a few weeks behind on our self-imposed schedule for the features I said we would be working on and delivering to you towards the middle of summer. So, I am here to let you know that we have a change in plan, and that there’s been a delay…


Corona SDK on NOOK and what it means for you

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Today, we announced our support for the Barnes & Noble NOOK Color tablet. We are very excited to bring you another platform to deploy your applications and for you to be able to monetize your apps through more app stores and on other non-iOS/Android devices. Yes, the NOOK runs under Android 2.2 Froyo, but the OS is specifically tailored to run on the NOOK, and we are adding a slew of NOOK-only features into Corona to enhance the overall experience of your application when running on a NOOK device. Getting Corona SDK to support the NOOK device started because of Ted Patrick, Chief Evangelist of Developer Relations for Barnes & Noble, who invited me to the NOOK launch party late last year. Ted and I


The Battle of Mobile OS is about to begin…

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A few weeks back, Walter, my co-founder, wrote about the fate of Android. Today, I will expand on that with my view of things. There has been a lot said about Android and Apple iDevices lately. Not a day goes by where we don’t learn about a new study that shows that Apple users have installed far more apps on their iPhone than Android users, or that Android devices have surpassed the number of Apple devices, that the number of ad impressions on Android devices have surpassed iAds impressions, and so forth. At some point the data becomes useless, biased, inaccurate, and misinterpreted. All this oftentimes leaves a sour taste with developers trying to develop for either one of the platforms. This information overload is


Corona SDK is now on Windows.

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It’s been an exciting past week for us here, at Ansca! In between all the hoopla around Bubble Ball, we also moved to a new office, ironed out some last minute show-stoppers, waited for the Apple approval process on three apps with new Corona SDK features for iOS (in-app purchases and universal binaries), monitored our servers as the traffic load increased astronomically — it goes without saying we have had a really busy week, and I still don’t see any signs of slowing down. Of course, I’m not complaining one bit! Without further ado, for all you Android developers who have been asking for Corona SDK on Windows, here is something you’ll probably like: I thought about what the best approach for the rest of this


The Fate of Android

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Today, Android’s openness to OEM’s is a blessing and a curse. And if you’re trying to develop software on Android, it feels more like the latter. The same fragmentation challenges we faced getting Flash Lite to work on the variety of Nokia smartphones (Symbian Series 60) apply to shipping an Android app. On top of that, Android OS update rates are slower because the OEM’s don’t think in terms of software: the key roadblock in the upgrade rates for Android users is lack of Google’ control over carriers and original equipment manufacturers (OEM) regarding the usage of operating system as it does not have a say that a specific handset should get new version of Android. Several OEMs or carriers may block release of newer updates to clear


2011 will be the year of Android…

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…Or so claims this piece over at CNN-Fortune. We’ve seen over the past year how the Android platform is poised to pass Apple’s iPhone in users and available apps. This has, of course, flared up passions on both sides as Android and iOS pundits alike craft arguments pointing to the supposedly inevitable demise of the other. In Silicon Valley, tech platforms are like politics! At Ansca Mobile, we’ve always stressed the need for versatility… And we still stand by it! Developers simply cannot afford to put all of their eggs into a single platform’s basket, especially since the iOS/Android user margin will still be relatively slim (26% vs. 22% in 2015) after Android is projected to takethe lead.  Plus, you’ve got to consider the inevitable emergence of new


Ansca and Barnes & Noble's NOOKcolor

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About three weeks ago, I was invited to attend the launch event of Barnes & Noble’s new NOOKcolor. I had read a lot of information about the device, and was eager to see what all the hoopla was about. Three months prior to the B&N event, I had visited Samsung to see the new Galaxy Tab and yet again, here I was at the prospect of yet another Android tablet ready to saturate the already saturated tablet market. While at the launch event, I bumped into some old friends from Adobe as well as the leadership of the mobile unit at B&N. Ted Patrick, Chief Evangelist – Developer Relations for NOOK, had invited me to the event and I was eager to track him down so


There's a chill in the AIR

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Fall is making a tentative foray into the morning air. It’s a bit chilly but once risen, the sun quickly warms one’s skin. This is California: we don’t have ostentatious seasons, we have ephemeral ones. You might feel a bit of a chill when the leaves turn color, but then the sun returns and it feels like summer again for a few days. Then that euphoria goes too and the fog rolls in. It’s a bit like that with Adobe AIR for mobile. Yay, it’s here for iPhone! No, it’s not. Yay, it’s back on iOS! Yay, it’s shipping for Android!  So, you consider as the sun warms your fingers, is now the time to go mobile with an AIR based strategy? It does, in


Corona demoed on Samsung Galaxy Tab at SF Android Meetup

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This week, Eric presented Corona to the San Francisco Android User Group. It’s a pretty big group (80+) that meets near Ghirardelli Square, and I tagged along to help with Q&A. Also presenting were Martin Tannerfors and Hod Greeley from Samsung, showing off Samsung’s cool new Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Even though the device was announced quite recently, support for the Galaxy Tab has become a much-requested feature from our users. It’s also my current favorite Android device — bigger than a phone, holdable in one hand, and highly polished in both hardware and customized UI. It’s shipping soon on all four U.S. carriers, so it should be pretty popular. Of course, we already support Android 2.2, but what our users specifically want is


Corona Meetup from this past weekend

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This past Saturday, Ansca Mobile was invited to lead a Bay Area workshop on iOS and Android development with Corona. We were thrilled to show the packed house of developers (from beginners to seasoned vets) how to use the newest Corona features.  The entire Ansca Mobile team was on-hand to provide insight about the toolkit to the new class of Corona developers, and help them with their own specific coding questions afterward.  Those who stuck around until the end got to partake in some “show and tell” with their app creations — the best ones received App Store gift prizes! Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Michael P. Wang of the Silicon Valley iPhone/iPad Business Meetup group for organizing the event.