Bill Ray

Whatever happened to Operator Billing?

Whatever happened to Operator Billing?

In 2003 Europe’s mobile operators launched Simpay, promising to let us buy flowers and concert tickets across Europe, with the price added to our mobile-phone bill. By 2005 that had morphed into PayForIt, for UK operators only but with similar aspirations, and a similar lack of success. A decade later, mobile network operators are still being cut out of the payment loop, but not for lack of trying.

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Bill Ray

Why are mobile developers so obsessed with advertising?

Why are mobile developers so obsessed with advertising?

Advertising is used as a revenue stream by 38% of mobile app developers, far higher than any other source, but the majority of developers chasing the advertising dollar aren’t making much money, so what kind of developer persists in embedding adverts when the real money is elsewhere?

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Bill Ray

Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Google’s Instant Apps is the power grab that ActiveX couldn’t make

Instant Apps will succeed where ActiveX failed. Better compartmentalisation and centralised management will secure it, and users will appreciate it, but the real winner will be Google who squashes alternative app stores and outmanoeuvres alternative Android distributions, all in the interest of providing greater web-site functionality.

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If there were 100 Developers in the world

If there were 100 Developers in the world

Have you ever asked yourselves what would the world be like if there were only 100 developers in it? Well even if you haven't, we are sure we have just made you think about it. Based on our Developer Economics survey that reaches 30,000+ devs per year, across mobile, IoT, cloud, desktop, AR/VR, machine learning , we designed a very interesting Infographic illustrating this scenario.

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Bill Ray

How many IDEs does it take to create a programmer?

How many IDEs does it take to create a programmer?

Integrated Development Environments have evolved to solve every problem a developer can have, but in recent years we’ve seen a scaling back of capabilities as developers embrace more-basic options. At VisionMobile our latest developer survey is (amongst other things) trying to find out why, though we do have some ideas on the subject.

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