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The iPhone and the Apple App Store have been THE critical agents in changing the mobile consumer’s attitude with regard to mobile applications.  Specifically they have converted virtually all smartphone users (beyond just the iPhone) to wanting and expecting to use native apps on their mobile devices.  This is a huge sea change in behavior, especially for U.S. consumers.  As enabling technology for building smartphone apps, we (Rhomobile) are hugely grateful for the investment that Apple made here and resulting success of this new category of software.  I also personally appreciated how it has eased my life and the world in general (subjects of future blog posts unto themselves) Part of the value proposition in the App Store’s success was that Apple would test the apps and insure that they did what they said they would and nothing more.  This is critical. We take f... (more)

App Stores for All Major Smartphones Now Live!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Windows Marketplace for Mobile is accepting applications.  This is a great opportunity for mobile developers.  Combined with BlackBerry AppWorld, Android Market and Nokia Ovi Store there are now marketplaces available to facilitate distribution to users of every major smartphone.  This is a great opportunity for developers.  There is now a place to highlight the availability of their app, that doesn’t rely on consumers finding out about you and your app directly.   Just create a great app in a category of a consumer needs and they’ll find ... (more)

The First Mobile Ruby

Our open source framework Rhodes contains the first implementation of Ruby for every major smartphone operating system: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. The primary benefits of the Rhodes framework are: the productivity and portability enabled by writing interfaces in HTML once (and compiling to native smartphone apps), access to device capabilities from a common library used on all smartphone devices and the ability to easily incorporate synchronized data for offline use. But that said, we may have been underestimating the benefits that Ruby has for mobi... (more)

RhoHub: GPL and Dual Licensing

We’ve had over a thousand customers sign up to the RhoHub service over the last month since we launched on November 4th at the iPhone Developer Summit. They are now asking “ok I’ve built my app really quickly. Now what do I need to do to distribute it on the App Store or elsewhere?” We ask that you either open source your app by making the source public and putting a GPLv3 license on it (we’ll automate this latter step soon). Or purchase a commercial license if you want to keep your source private. Some people say “oh, you’re dual licensing like MySQL. So does that mean that I g... (more)

“the sensors are coming” – why it will more and more be about native apps

The New York Times just discussed the coming generation of new smartphone sensors.: altimeters, heart monitors, temperature and humidity sensors, and even mood detectors. While we at Rhomobile are very excited about Rhodes allowing use of web skills (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, and MVC) to write smartphone apps, we have always pointed out that usage is about NATIVE apps not mobile web apps. Today using HTML5 alone yields apps that are missing many of the capabilities that make a smartphone app compelling: use of local PIM contacts and calendar, the camera, GPS, accelerometer, b... (more)