Mobile Entertainment Africa is being held on the 29th and 30th August. Cobi will be attending to talk about the future of mobile apps. Tickets cost €650 and are quite pricey for individuals. If you are a mobile developer and want to attend, you can stand a chance to win one of 6 entry tickets. All you have to is email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide a brief motivation about your dedication to mobile software development by Thursday. Hope to see you guys there!
In addition to numerous application updates, Cobi has recently developed an Android, web and iPhone app for Volkswagen Team Assist (commissioned by Amsterdam based FONKmobile), a Samsung TV app for News24, and our internal product division has created an iPad app called Sticky Art.
Team Assist is a driving schedule application for amateur football players in the Netherlands. The app gives users an overview of current and future games directly from the KNVB. Players can access the latest information about the games; see which team members are playing, the location of the next game, who is driving and where and when to meet.
The News24 application is the first locally developed Smart TV application in Africa. It allows users to access news content on their Smart TVs and navigate to stories or sections of interest using the remote as a cursor.
Sticky Art lets you design sticky-note art using your iPad. You can either create the design manually, or use the trace feature to convert a regular image into a sticky art. The app allows users to customise the window size, zoom in and out to get perspective of how the design will look and email or print the design from your iPad. A design inventory is also shown on your design so that you know how many stickies you need.
The News24 app is accessible from the Samsung Apps Store via the Smart TV UI
Although I’m mainly on the Java dev side at Cobi, I’m always interested in reading about various cross-platform solutions.
Yesterday I stumbled across a very nicely built, but simple, payments app – bill payments in South Africa – called POCiT. What I found interesting about this app, is that it is written using the J2ME Polish platform (Enough Software), and it has come a long way since I last checked it out. And I really liked the speed of the app compared to PhoneGap apps which can be really slow. I’ll try to write more on Polish at a later date.
But the reason for this post is that I found a great introduction to development on mobile platforms on the site. They call it the Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy and I recommend anyone interested in the field to download and read it. It gives a brief overview of all mobile platforms & how to develop for them; introduces many of the cross-platform development kits & also gives a rundown on mobile web apps. All in all, it is what it says it is – the guide to our galaxy.
Name: Laura Kritzinger
Likes: Gadgets…kitchen gadgets..
Dislikes: Steve’s MK noises
Speciality (what we go to Laura for): All the little things that make Cobi run smoothly
MK signature move: Feeds us real life power ups to create more energetic MK games