What does the company do?
Just a short introduction on what we do, I am the managing partner of numlock solutions, We're into Iphone and Android applications, So the first app was released last 2009 was wallet wiz, Its in the appstore. It is a budgeting app, A personal budgeting app. There is also a free version called Wiz Lite. Later that year we also released Desk Wiz which is a digital photo frame/ Music player which basically replace your digital photo frames, it is also for the Iphone, also available in the Appstore. We also released Mind mash which is there on the first day of the Ipad launch. Even though i didn't have an ipad that time, i really took the risk, I used the simulator and I simulated it out even testing it on a device. It was fun! Recently the Street Mart is our first multi platform app for both Iphone and Android, Street Mart is a user contributed traffic reporting app. Users contribute traffic reports and you can view it on a map and you can view it in list as well. At the same time we also display the twitter stream of MMDA because they also tweet very useful traffic information. For clients, in our App last year, Does New York love you back, Its like Foursquare but centralized in New York City. We refined the back and we did the mobile app for them for Filipino in new york.
What other apps have you developed?
We also did two apps for Globe last year, They are talk to Globe and Globe services. Talk to globe is an app that Globe asks us to develop so that customers could complain to them. They are asking for it. For the iphone 4 launch, they asked us to do Globe Services, which is, using the Iphone 4 or using the stuff that IOS, taking advantage for the new stuff in IOS 4, like the sms facilities, you can subscribe to postpaid, prepaid and super plan offers, at the same tie you can view the nearest hotspots and Globe Stores.
Can you tell us more about the mobile apps. industry?
Today I will try to talk about developing mobile apps. Android and Iphone, the two juggernauts in the app industry right now. Honestly, mobile apps have been around for some time. But it wasn't until Apple opened the appstore and people started downloading apps by the millions that people stood up and took notice, Hey there's a budding industry here. It was so easy to download apps. To buy apps whether, to download it free or to download it for certain amounts of money. That's why mobile apps in the industry, even though it is young here in the Philippines internationally, its growing in a staggering rate.
What are some of the popular apps?
A couple of well known apps: Angry Birds. If you are in IOS, Iphone, Ipad.. everybody knows Angry Birds. It is one of the most popular games on the platform.
Let us not forget about the Android, Robu defense is one of the most popular android game released on 2009. The free version has been downloaded 11 million times as of late last year. The paid version around 500 thousand times. Not Angry birds and Doodle level but 500 thousand downloads is still 500 thousand downloads so it's a lot.
Can you tell us about PicSay? What does it do?
PicSay is an image editing application on your android phone. Can you imagine that? A few years ago editing photos on the desktop was fairly standard and now you can do it on your phone! It's amazing! The free version has been downloaded 4 million times and the paid version has been downloaded 100 thousand times. Pretty good figures not phenomenal but pretty good.
How popular are mobile phones becoming?
These figures were released last year. Maybe towards the middle of the year. February 2010 there were 4.6 Billion mobile phone subscription in use on a planet of 6.8 Billion people. Can you imagine that? Almost 5 Billion smart phones for almost 7 billion people. That is 5 every 7 people has a mobile phone.
Matt Briant (Sales Director of Out There Media in the Asia Pacific region) will be tackling the subject of mobile advertisements, what works and what else could possibly catch on in the Philippines.
Gio Bacareza (Head of Broadband, Internet and Data Services at Smart Communications, Inc.) will be discussing mobile Internet in the Philippines.
Rad Bantag, one of the event's organizers, disclosed in a recent meetup discussion that the event provided an opportunity to produce a product or a service within a limited time and the chance for fellow PhRUG members to meet up and work together. Co-organizer Topher Rigor adds that Ruby Rumble Practice was a way for the group to prep for the upcoming Rails Rumble.
The affair ended up at 7pm and short presentations followed. An after-party ensued at the lovely Focaccia Restaurant right across the street. Bryan Bibat bested his fellow hackers with a unanimous vote with Grind, a "stupid, oiled machete-wielding" RPG game clickfest.
PhRUG would like to thank its gracious sponsors for the event:
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