About

Hello, I am Kelvin Kao, a Los Angeles based iOS (iPhone/iPad) app developer. I have been developing on iOS devices for two years now. Before that, I was also in the mobile industry, doing porting and debugging work for BREW devices.

After graduating from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in Computer Science (with a technical minor in linguistics), I started working for my friend’s start-up as a porting engineer for games on BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless), the operating system used by CDMA carriers like Verizon, Alltel and US Cellular. We worked mostly with the mobile division of EA and Konami. It was an exciting because we got to work on all these different devices like Chocolate, RAZR, EnV, Voyager, sometimes even before they came out. And we got to work on titles like Madden, Orcs & Elves, Doom RPG, Tiger Woods, NBA Live, Sims and Tetris. Life was good.

But then the recession hit. The new handsets weren’t released as fast as before. However, this was also an exciting time because smart phones were taking over the market by storm. I started learning about iPhone app development. It was more difficult at first, because the SDK hasn’t been out for that long, and there just weren’t as many books and tutorials written for it. But it was still fun to be building new things for such a slick device. (Debate about the functionalities and philosophies of different smart phones all you want, but the iPhone has the best touch screen, hands down.) I think it’s here to stay, until another leap in mobile technology, that is.

To see some of my work, simply head to the app store. My most recent self-released title was the Chinese Input app (search “Chinese Input” in app store) which allows you to enter Traditional Chinese characters not supported by the iPad, yet. My most recent work for a client is Great Migrations, an app that accompanies National Geographic Channel’s new show Great Migrations that shows you the journey of different animals.

At the moment I am working on an app for a non-profit that seeks to help out schools through community involvement. I am booked until the end of the year, but still, feel free to send an email to kelvin@kelvinkaodev.com if you want to talk about anything. Also, you can follow me on Twitter @kelvinkao

I also have another blog where I put the non-tech stuff. If you are interested, check it out:
http://www.puppetkaos.com

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