Weekly Round Up: 10/25/2014: Twitter Fabric and Digits; Retention + Monetization; Cards as future of Apps; Hamburger Menus; Phoenix

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1. App Of The Week: Nuzzel (iOS + on the web). The best way to keep up with everything your friends are posting on Facebook and Twitter, and find the signal in the noise. There is even a way to find news “you may have missed”.

2. Twitter’s Digits is making it easier and better for users to sign up in 3rd party apps. Not requiring users to remember passwords or give you access to their Facebook account is a big deal for app developers. This is going to encourage more users to sign up in your app. Twitter’s ‘Digits’ Will Let You Sign Up For Third Party Apps With Your Phone Number

3. Twitter released a new toolkit for mobile developers: Fabric. If you missed their announcement on Wednesday, here’s the official blog post covering all the features. The most important things that stand out for us: retention and monetization. Better quality apps, with easier sign up flows and access to proven tools to generate revenue are going to make a difference. Being able to show tweets easily in your app, and share content to Twitter is the cherry on the top. Introducing Fabric

4. Build retention and monetization at every layer in your app. It is the most important thing to get right for a successful app. This is a must-read. 5 Tips Mobile Developers Can Learn from Flipboard about Retention and Monetization

5. The Apps model of accessing content and services on mobile will be replaced by Cards. “The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. Cards are the future, and designers need to design systems not destinations.” The End Of Apps As We Know Them

6. Android has become a great commercial platform, contrary to common perception. It is driving ever more $ for e-commerce, advertising and software and this report has the details and busts some myths about Android.  THE ANDROID REPORT: User Trends, Commercial Growth, And Exploding The Fragmentation Myth

7. Apple does not like you using Hamburger menus. A post by Apple UX evangelist Mike Stern on the downsides of this very common mobile UI pattern. Apple on Hamburger Menus

8. Phoenix is a free and open version of Swift. Not created by Apple, but with a strong mission of making it more open and easy to make mobile apps (we salute this!). Apple’s Swift has open source challenger, Phoenix

9. It is more important than ever for your app to get good ratings. As Google and Apple try to make app search better, ratings will be play a key role in getting your app in front of users. Read about this important change in Google Play: Play Store now lets you search for only highly-rated apps

10. Sports Apps Are The New Must-Have Sports Channels. Data from Flurry showing how there is a huge growth (and market) in apps for sports-related content. Apps to Cable: “Three Strikes and You’re Out!”