We went to The App Fest (part 1): entrepreneurs

April 23rd, 2012 | by | android, apps, congress, ios, startups


we went to the app fest

Hi guys, first of all I have to warn you that The App Fest was an idea of the telecom company Movistar, and this is always always always a bad premonition. But after reading about the speakers that were invited we decided to assist (accepting the consequences). Surprisingly it finally was a good decision. The event was presented by a theatrical improvisation group that prevented the occurrence of boring waits between the speeches, and that helped to create a very fun environment were speakers and public felt really comfortable.

The best part of The App Fest was undoubtedly the entrepreneurs part. It started very early (think about developers timetables…), but we arrived on time. Yeah! The beginning was pretty cool so we decided not to scape to have a coffee. Xavier Verdaguer told us about his experiences as a startup founder. He has created some technological inovation companies, the last one is Innovalley which develops smart clothes that interacts with smartphones and apps. In his speech he presented some of their smart clothes but we really enjoy his smart sweatshirt with which you can access the controls of your iPhone without touching the screen and reflect messages using LEDs. We also liked other products of Innovalley as the GPShoes, that connect your shoes with your phone and guide you. However, those things doesn’t look very cheap, and I have not any idea about the real possibilities of taking this information out of your smartphone to put it on your clothes… Probably it would be a cool clothing trend. Let see.

Enrique Tapias told us his experience with Playtales, a startup of interactive books for children and currently has 1.800.000 users in 119 countries. The most interesting part of his speech was focused in the beginnings when he talked about the difficulties to find funding for their persistence, their desire to continue in spite of adversity… Other important thing that he analyzed was the children app market, a very unexplored market if you compare it with other technological areas. He brought us a key concept to keep in mind when you try to start a project like this: “you´ll always will find competitors, and obviously your best opportunity is to enter soon to the market; if it is not possible, try it harder, make it better.

There was also a section devoted to online payment, it was the turn of Kuapay. Joaquin Ayuso told us about his beginnings as an initial team member’s of the Spanish social network Tuenti, and then he told us about his new project Kuapay. A virtual payment system based on the QR code technology which enters a in a very competitive market. He told us about their decision of using QR technology in stead of NFC arguing that the last one is not a general standard, and not all the smartphones are purchased whit the tools to read it. So the decided to develop their payment platform

Fran Perez spoke to us about your project Youzee a multimedia content distributor based on devices that complement each other in a simple and useful experience, but complex in design and development. They bet for simplifying actions as connecting your computer to the TV, synchronize the remote control with it, condensing all in an app for your smartphone. It was interesting to listen them talking about their “ecosystem“, a concept used before by other successful startups as AirBNB (we will talk about it in a future post). The problem is that their “ecosystem” doesn’t think very much a very close future, where TV and computers will be a single device; and the problem that they are solving with this “ecosystem” will not be a problem any more.

And here ends the part of entrepreneurs. Soon we will tell you more things about this app fest.

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Our last day at the Mobile World Congress

February 29th, 2012 | by | congress, mwc


vanadis developers at the mwc 3

The last day at the Mobile World Congress was mainly dedicated to talk with other developers, visit some stands of interesting companies we have shown and reviewing some of the devices we found interesting.

We were talking with the people of Malcom a company dedicated to help developers to monetize their apps.

Also we were talking with the CTO of Enough Software, a German company focused also on Mobile App Development who has published a guide for mobile app development and also some open source libraries like J2ME Polish for developing mobile applications.

At the Opera stand we were talking about their new focus on web apps on TV  with their Opera TV Store, a place for a collection of web applications optimized for being views on television screens and managed with a remote control, their Opera TV Emulator that developers can use to test the applications they can develop with the Opera Devices SDK. With all this, Opera makes an interesting approach for having rich Internet applications on the TV.

The people of Firefox were showing us their Boot to Gecko project (they presented it a partnership with Telefónica), where the idea is to create devices that boot directly to the gecko engine and the devices uses only rich HTML5 Apps, we were testing the calling app on a prototype and was working really smooth.

Next to them it was Ubuntu for Android, a bet from Canonical to use Ubuntu Desktop on Android multi core Devices.

We also talked with some of the engineers from LG and Nvidia to understand better how to develop mobile apps tacking the full potential of the Tegra 3 chip.

So those are some hints of all our meetings and the devices we discovered on our visit the Mobile Wolrd Congress, next year we will be there again to get all the news.

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Mobile World Congress Second day

February 28th, 2012 | by | congress, mwc


vanadis developers at the blackberry developers day

The second day at the Mobile World Congress for Vanadis was more focussed on the development side, after trying to get into the Samsung Developers Day just to see how they closed the door on our face, but we managed to enter on the BlackBerry Developers Day where we show the posibiliies of porting Android Gingerbread Apps to BlackBerry, some interesting tips on how to develop HTML5 mobile apps.

Also we show how it is going to be the LTE deployment for most of the operators, and learnt from Telefónica that they are already testing their 4G network in Spain.

Also we went to the W3C stand and to discover the what’s new on the standards for mobile web apps, there we met again Dominique Hazael-Massieux (@dontcallmedom) with whom we were talking during the W3C day in Spain and we got to know about the february update on the Standards for Web Applications on Mobile.

We also show the new Mobile phones from LG, the Optimus 4X HD the NVIDIA Tegra 3 (one of the stars of the MWC with many new devices using it) and it’s really nice screen (of course running Android Ice Cream Sandwich).

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Vanadis at the Mobile World Congress In Barcelona

February 27th, 2012 | by | congress, mwc


vanadis developers at the mwc 4

We wanted to be updated on the last technologies on mobile apps, see the new devices that will arrive on the market this year so we can get the most of all of them, so we went to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and to see ourselves what’s new on the mobile industry.

On the first day we went for a fast tour all around to see some of the star products of all the companies. In this tour we show that NFC is already here and most of the new devices are NFC enabled (most of the stands were using it to gather the information of the visitors).

Samsung came with 2 star products: the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a regular size mobile phone with an integrated pico projector, making it possible to project the screen of the device from the very own phone, something that looks very interesting for teaching or for a quick presentation… Any way the big star of their stand was the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the 10.1-inch tablet has a dual-core 1.4GHz mobile CPU, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and a surface sensible to the pressure that with it’s stylus makes it a very powerful and versatile device.

Another interesting device was the ASUS PadFone that mixes a phone, a tablet and a netbook in one device in a very interesting combination, so you can “dock” the phone on the tablet and use the whole screen of the tablet (and it’s battery) and then dock the tablet on the keyboard to get a netbook.

Also we were checking the possibilities of the Nvidia Tegra 3, the core of many of the new phones and tablets in the MWC, a beast with 4 + 1 cores, 4 for the CPU demanding apps, and one extra one for the low consumption, so it can extend the battery duration.

Tomorrow we expect to have another interesting day mainly focused on the development part of the MWC, attending some developers sessions and talking with other developers.

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