62 of the Best Mobile Development Blogs
62 of the Best Mobile Development Blogs
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Development blogs are one of the best ways to keep up with everything in the world of mobile development. Whether it’s staying informed about major announcements or trying to gain an edge on competitors, there’s a development blog for every need.
This list has gathered all the best mobile development blogs into one place. You can find your new favorite blog by browsing the list and hearing from some of the blog authors themselves.
Skip to the category you’re most interested in using the links below!
If you know of a great development blog that should be on the list, let us know in the comments. And make sure to share this list with as many developers as possible!
Mobile Game Development Blogs
If you’re focused on developing mobile games, these sites are essential reading.
The Game Analytics Blog is perfect for mobile developers. Here’s what the team has to say about why you should check them out:
“Everyone can find value in our blog posts as we offer more than just industrial reports, we are a way of making newcomers understand how can analytics insights be used during the lifetime of their games and also we will always prefer to publish news and science rather than click bait articles.”
Pixel Prospector is a site that many game developers will be aware of as a source of game assets. They publish lots of cool game artwork and also give general advice to game developers. Make sure to check out the main website as well as the Tumblr blog for some good insight into game marketing as well.
The guys at Chartboost publish 3 or 4 blog posts a week that cover some great topics related to mobile game development. This is definitely the blog to check out if you’re planning to launch a game in an exotic part of the world. The Chartboost team has covered mobile game launches all over the world and has regular Q+A’s mobile gaming experts.
RenegadeCitizen is one of the most thought-provoking mobile game development blogs online. They regularly investigate the issues facing game devs and more often than not they provide concrete solutions that any developer can use.
Ray Wenderlich is a favorite of everyone on the V-Play team. This is one of the best places on the internet for mobile game tutorials so give it a look as soon as you can. Ray has put together a very experienced team with expertise in a number of different areas, making this blog one of the biggest game development authorities online.
If you want to learn to make great games, then take a look at Making Games. They post regular blog posts on the topic of game development and design. They also have a great newsletter, that you can sign up for free of charge.
Black Shell Media is a blog made up of expert writers, marketing professionals, and game industry veterans. Make sure to check out their blog to get marketing tips, promotional strategies, development advice and more.
The Cashplay blog is a good read if you’re looking for a light-hearted look at the big stories in the world of mobile game development.
Mobile App Development Blogs
VisionMobile is a place where you can get expert insight into the app economy. Make sure to subscribe to their newsletter in order to get their expert analysis as soon as it’s published.
Mobile Dev Memo is a hub for great blog posts but they also publish their own posts which cover a range of engagement topics. It’s a great way to find the most popular posts of the day, just check out their front page to get the latest news.
Savvy Apps have an extremely stylish blog that tries to answer as many questions as possible for mobile developers. They boast over 20,000 subscribers, probably because they publish great posts every week.
Craig Hockenberry writes for Furbo when he’s not making apps or running websites. This is one of the longest-running blogs on the list with posts dating back to 2007. It’s a great blog for mobile developers still looking for success.
The Vungle blog is a great read if you want to learn more about mobile monetization. Check out their site or subscribe to their newsletter for all the latest news about mobile advertising.
While it may not be the most regularly updated blog, the team at Developer Economics publish some very high-quality posts. It does its best to promote best practices and give its readers a balanced view of the development world.
Android Development Blogs
When it comes to Android, these blogs will help you to stay ahead of the curve. Make sure to check them out if you’re targeting a release on Google Play!
The CommonsBlog covers everything to do with Android and updates every couple of days. It can show you how to achieve a number of visual effects for Android and has also published a number of books on the topic of Android development. Make sure to check it out!
Square Island is written by Chiu-Ki Chan, a software engineer with over 6 years of experience working with Google. She gives plenty of development tips with code examples and images. The newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date so make sure to subscribe.
Riggaroo is run by Rebecca Franks, an Android dev by day and a baker at night. Rebecca likes to share her skills via her blog with her most recent post at the time of writing being “How to create a group of File Templates in Android Studio – Part 3”.
You can also catch Rebecca on Twitter!
The Android Developers Blog is the official blog of the Android Platform and it’s the first place to check for Android announcements. One of the highlights of the Android Developers Blog is the Android Developers Stories, where Google shines a light on some of the more unusual projects being created with their platform.
While Android Authority can be more device-orientated, their “How to” section has some great quick guides for configuring Android devices for development purposes. It’s the place to go if you need device help!
Android Hipster is a regularly updated blog that’s full of tutorials and interesting opinion pieces. They also produce a podcast and are active on Twitter so make sure to hit them up with any Android questions you might have!
Grafix Artist focuses on visual aspects of Android development and is a great resource if you need help making your app or game look great on the Android platform. It has a special section full of tips too, which is a great starting point.
iOS Development Blogs
Although V-Play is a fully cross-platform solution, you might be interested in staying on top of all the latest iOS news and development lists. The following blogs are recommended for staying on top of all things Apple-related.
iOS Dev Weekly is a blog and newsletter that releases a round-up of all the best iOS articles every Friday. The round-up includes the best opinion pieces, resources, and tutorials for mobile developers. Make sure to subscribe to get the most from iOS Dev Weekly.
iOS Goodies is not so much a blog as a great newsletter that sends out a round-up of the best articles and resources related to iOS every single week. If you’re interested in targeting the iOS platform, this blog will send you everything you need. They have a special focus on business and UI/UX.
NSHipster, besides being a great iOS blog, also publish hard books on mobile development. They post a weekly blog post on matters related to iOS and have a large number of accomplished contributors. Check out their archive and quizzes to get the most from NSHipster.
The Swift Blog is the official blog for iOS developers so it’s often the first place to make announcements regarding the platform. It’s not the most regularly updated blog so it might be best to subscribe to the RSS feed so you still get the most from this blog.
Mobile Engagement Blogs
If you want to improve your user acquisition strategy or find out the latest way to optimize your app store pages, check out some of these blogs.
The people at Sensor Tower know their stuff when it comes to mobile engagement and they’re happy to share it:
“The Sensor Tower Blog is for any mobile developer (big or small) looking to grow their user base in app stores & understand the larger mobile ecosystem. The ST blog posts mini-reports, best practices for optimizing your app store listing, as well as weekly dispatches on the apps we’re watching.”
App Annie is one of the industry’s leading authorities when it comes to interpreting mobile data and they do their best to share this insight on their blog. If you want to know what the end user is like around the world, check out the App Annie blog.
“SOOMLA blog is an online resource for anyone in the mobile ecosystem. It includes data reports, tips and guidance, expert opinions, unbiased tool comparisons, industry news and much more. The monetization category is the most popular section — teaching app publishers how to turn their apps into a profitable business.”
The SOOMLA blog is a favorite here at V-Play. Make sure to check it out!
The Apptentive team is keeping a close eye on the mobile world and passing on their astute observations through their blog. If you want to know how the very best apps are succeeding, check out this blog.
The Apptamin blog wants to show you how to make successful apps by giving advice on mobile advertising. You can optimize your apps and games with the insight provided on this blog to get the best return on investment on your ads.
Mobile Action is the blog to check out for the best tips on app store optimization. Check it out now to find out what today’s most successful games are doing to bring in players.
The Localytics blog is a mine of useful info. Check it out now to get the latest on mobile engagement.
“We live and breathe apps here at Localytics. From staying on top of industry trends to tapping into our robust data, we strive to provide actionable insights to enhance our reader’s mobile engagement strategy. Plus, since our content team actively uses apps, our blog is filled with real-life examples of app marketing done right that you can learn from. Last but not least? We try to have a bit of fun with our blog, so hopefully during your quest to mastering app marketing, you’ll be entertained along the way.”
Chupamobile publishes a blog post nearly every week and answers all the questions a mobile developer could have. Check it out now to make even more successful apps and games.
The Fiksu Blog write some of the most in-depth blog posts about user acquisition and lifetime value. They also provide great commentary on some of the most popular apps available today and how they’ve proved to be successful.
Admob is one of the biggest names in mobile advertising and they regularly update their blog with announcements and tips for developers. You can subscribe to keep up-to-date with all the latest news from Admob.
You’ll learn a lot about ad placement and how users feel about ads by reading this blog.
The Trademob blog is a great read for anyone that wants to improve their mobile advertising campaigns. They provide a number of services to help you with your advertising needs, but they also blog about how you can get your mobile advertising campaigns right. Make sure to check it out!
The ArcTouch team were in touch and had this to say about their blog!
“The ArcTouch blog covers the key trends in mobile and the Internet of Things. Gartner projects there will be 20 billion connected “things” by 2020 — new devices above and beyond phones, tablets, and PCs — that will change the way we live, work and play. We write about how this translates into opportunities for businesses and brands to connect more deeply with their customers by offering unique and engaging experiences.”
MobileGroove is the place to go if you want to read about making successful apps or hear what the experts have to say. Besides their website, they have a great podcast and video series for you to learn from.
Indie Development Blogs
The V-Play team started off as indie devs themselves so we like to keep an eye what’s happening in the indie world. Check out some of these blogs to see what it’s like to be indie dev these days!
Bitsplitting.org is the brainchild of Daniel Jalkut, a professional coder, podcaster, and blogger. Daniel considers the site to be his personal technology soap box so if you’re looking for some opinions; this is the place to go.
Public Object is the blog of Jesse Wilson and it covers a wide array of topics. This blog isn’t so much mobile orientated, as it is coding orientated. Jesse is at his best when he talks about the actual act of writing code. Make sure to check Public Object out!
We got in touch with Jeremie who told us about his blog.
“My blog is dedicated exclusively around Android developments. Although a true focus is given to the latest platform, I also talk a lot about DevOps, testing, best practices and methodologies always in the context of developing an Android application. To sum up, the idea is quite simple: share my findings and my opinion.”
Ole Begemann is an iOS and Mac developer from Berlin. He mainly writes about software development on Apple platforms. So his blog often includes great tips for the iOS platform.
Erica Sadun shares her thoughts on development and technology as a whole. She is one of the most regular posters on this list so make sure to subscribe to her newsletter to stay in-the-know.
Ryan Harter is a freelance Android developer as well as having his own development company. Check out his blog if you want some great insight on Android development.
Dan Lew introduces his blog simply by saying, “Thoughts on life, the universe and the mystery of it all; but actually mostly just code.”
Benedict Evans works at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley that invests in technology companies. He tries to work out what’s going on with mobile and what will happen next.
Hannes Dorfmann covers mobile development with a focus on Android development and UI design. He also gives insight into life as an indie developer and how he tries to improve his workflow.
Coding Horror is a long-running development blog with advice on all aspects of development. It covers everything from practical coding advice to how to work within a development team.
Many development studios keep blogs to show off their latest projects, workflow, or just to let customers know what they are doing. Here are some of our favorites!
Big Nerd Ranch runs The Nerd Blog.
“We offer high-quality content that is relevant to developers. They can learn from our Nerds, who are experts in the field and authors of our best-selling programming guides.
We’ll also soon be rolling out different kinds of content in addition to the deeply technical posts in order to meet readers’ needs. We will still offer posts that demonstrate how to solve problems in your code, but we will also talk more about why you might choose one tool over another or reviews.”
Dynamic Leap makes Android and iOS apps and has a great blog where you can learn from their professional development team. They regularly update the blog and give their take on how to make great apps.
The Kogi blog seeks to help Appreneurs to make informed decisions about app development. They write about everything from user acquisition to cost estimation. You can even subscribe to stay completely up-to-date.
The Team Hunt blog covers a wide range of topics that should interest any level of developer. Whether it’s the problems that indie devs face or global trends in the mobile development, this blog has it covered.
We were in touch with the guys at NimbleDroid and this is what they had to say about their blog:
“Nobody likes sluggish mobile apps. NimbleDroid blog covers the best practices and latest tech on how to build fast Android apps!”
“Our development blog has the latest tips, tricks, and libraries from a wide range of mobile developers. We include libraries, best practices, and techniques for building better mobile products.”
Make sure to check out the Raizlabs blog!
The Novoda teams describe their blog as:
"A constant conversation about development, design, and technology thinking is the only way to be the best you can be. Our Labs Blog is a resource for just that: a public hack-and-tell conversation."
Tipsy & Tumbler are a UK based team building amazing digital solutions. They specialise in cross platform mobile apps, Appcelerator Titanium, responsive web development, identity, branding, UX and complete digital solutions. Check out their blog if any of those topics take your fancy.
The Fan Studio Blog is a great blog that really tries to help out all types of mobile developers. They were in touch to say:
“Well, first of all I truly believe that people who are interested in investing in this business or people that want to learn game programming should go and have a look over our blog because most of the articles are written based on our 8+ years of experience — from downloads and ROI we received from our games to how an app is correctly managed and how much it will cost.”
Yeeply have a great blog and want to help you whether you’re working on a mobile project or some other kind of SaaS.
“By and large, your experts should read Yeeply Blog because we have the necessary information for their work. We are specialized in mobile apps, but also in general development, app promotion, mobile games and so on. They can find the answers to their daily questions about app development. We try to provide useful information to developers and clients.
Also, we provide guidance about the mobile market itself, with real data and the most recent statistics.
The idea is to connect in a more human way to our readers than the standard, in order to stay connected to them by creating compelling content that keeps our readers informed.”
The Mood Up Labs blog features a slick design and a lot of great posts that can help you to become a better rounded, mobile developer. While it’s not updated as regularly as some of the other blogs on this list, it’s so easy to navigate that you’ll really enjoy going back to read their older content.
This blog possibly covers the widest range of topics out of any on this list. While it’s not all strictly related to mobile development, it’s always great reading. This blog is at the forefront of all kinds of development, making it the place to go for even the most experienced developers.
Mobile Design Blogs
These blogs will give you great tips on how to design apps and games that give users the best UX possible. Find out how to improve your UI and the overall look of your project with these blogs.
UXmatters will teach you everything you need to know about perfecting or improving the user experience of your app or game. This site was recently revamped and it’s looking great. This blog mixes opinion with tips and resources to give developers the chance to create great apps and games.
“I’d say readers should read our blog because it provides insights on mobile app development, product strategy, and marketing. Our readers (mobile entrepreneurs mostly) can make better business decisions and build an app that stands out armed with our strong app design, development, and marketing knowledge.
Our blog positioning is – Get insights. Make better decisions.”
The Top 10 Development Blogs
With so many blogs to choose from, here are our top 10 favorite development blogs!
- Developer Economics
- Ray Wenderlich
- Team Hunt
- Android Developers Blog
- Making Games
- App Annie
The V-Play Blog!
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