Posts Tagged ‘mobile app’

Video Streaming Apps Coming to Android?

All the hub-bub yesterday on Twitter was Google’s release of the Android SDK 1.5 Preview, aka Cupcake. Of course, the one feature that I’m waiting for a developer to build upon is the video recording api. Either Seesmic, Qik, Stickam, YouTube, KyteTV, or Ustream should seriously look at building an Android application cause I would use it in a heartbeat! Last year was the year of Nokia and video streaming apps but this year will be Android-based devices with that functionality courtsey of the Cupcake SDK. Stickam this week did come out with a Java-based app on Android but only for viewing purposes so hopefully this new api will lead them in the right direction in their product plans. What do you think? Here are a few questions to start a conversation:

  • Are video streaming mobile apps what consumers are looking for?
  • Is there enough market for them?
  • How much would you pay for a video streaming app?
  • What is the business model for video streaming companies? Add based on the web site or is their ads within the mobile app for viewing their content?

Add a comment below.

For more information on the latest Android SDK release here are a few blogs that I recommend you read. If you have any others post a comment below as well.

-Randy
http://twitter.com/djksar

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What is Android?

One of the best resources on the web I’ve been using recently has been slideshare.net. Everyone is uploading their presentation there from a conference or user group meeting and it turns it into a flash presentation that you can embed into your site (even wordpress.com blogs). Here is one I found titled “What is Android” by Erik Fields from Think Interactive and how it compares to the iPhone SDK in terms of developer platforms and user experience.

P.S. My co-worker and I are hosting an Android developer panel this Friday at 2pm PST / 4pm CST on designing, developing, and distributing your Android app. Tune it live to http://blogtalkradio.com/motodev. Questions will be taken online at http://tinyurl.com/motodev, via twitter @motodev and by calling in during the show at (347) 826-9350. Hope to you can tune in.

New Yahoo! Mobile App (coming soon)

Yahoo! Mobile for smartphones

Taking a page out of Apple and their homescreen, Yahoo! announced at Mobile World Congress their new “experience” for iPhone, Blackberry, and other smartphone owners. Instead of Yahoo! being the destination point on your desktop then are now trying to be the portal on your mobile phone. It will include feeds from all your web sites plus data from your social networks in an area that they branded OnePlace. No product was available for download but the dates they have listed on the web site are March thru May 2009 depending on platform(the product managers must be hating that the dates are listed on the site). Also, Opera Mini comes bundled with the app so kudos for Opera for scoring that deal.

Questions I have:

  • Will this replace the iPhone home screen? Is it just another app that you still need to click on?
  • Is this Java-based? I assume it is. 
  • If my main accounts are on Google will this product be worth it? Sometimes I can’t stand Yahoo! building apps to force me to use their service. They are getting better at openness though so we’ll see. 

What questions do you have? Make a comment on this blog post. 

-Randy
http://twitter.com/djksar