Android Developer Studio 2.0 is 50 times faster – adds GPU profiler and instant run

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Google has released a milestone update to its Android Developer Studio which increases the emulator speed over 50 times, provides 'instant run' support, and implements a new GPU profiler for dealing with OpenGL ES code. 

The update to Google's popular IDE has been released in preview; almost a year after 1.0 was first released. Developers of the suite have said the focus in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: Unraveling cross-platform app development

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With more and more developers looking to get into mobile, it would make sense that they would want to use the tools of their choice. But, what are the options for developing mobile apps in general? You may be asking yourself, “How can I develop for iOS without a Mac?” “How can I develop for Android without learning Java?” Maybe, even more importantly, is, “How do I...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Covert app communications result in Android battery drain

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Most applications require the use of data to perform their duties, but new research being released from MIT has found that half of communications are being conducted without any benefit whatsoever to the user. 

Aside from the questions it raises about why such communications are being established, it also reduces battery life, exposes users and their devices to privacy risks, and sucks...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Testing.

Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart

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During Microsoft's BUILD developer conference earlier this year, the software giant unveiled a controversial initiative called 'Project Astoria' which planned to run Android software on Windows devices via emulation. That plan seems to have fallen apart. 

Project Astoria was part of four "bridges" announced during BUILD – but the only bridge to attempt emulation as...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

CodePush enables instant updates to Cordova and React Native apps

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Microsoft has an SDK in beta dubbed CodePush which enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy instant mobile app updates to users' devices. CodePush acts like a central repository which developers can publish updates to, with applications querying the repository for updates using the provided client SDKs. 

This allows for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Mobile.

Developers can foresee the future with Google Maps API

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Developers who require the use of future travel information in their apps can put away their crystal ball as Google has opened-up access to Maps' trusted predictive journey times with the debut of a new API. 

Google Maps uses historical traffic data over time and days to predict where and when a build-up could occur, which may affect your journey time, and offer an alternative route...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile.

Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development

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Smartphones are so deeply entrenched in our lives that developers can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of users – provided that they actually build a high-quality app that can appeal to a large variety of people. While anyone can build an app, creating one that people use, enjoy, and recommend takes work.

This list of 10 tools for mobile app developers is...

By JT Ripton, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: Android with Chrome OS would deliver true "Continuum"

Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Google plans to merge Android with Chrome OS next year, which isn't the first time we've heard such rumblings. The rumours have split opinion, but I'm excited for the potential which merging both operating systems could hold for the future of personal computing. 

The world is now dominated by mobile, and developers want to build...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Platforms.

Developers, use 'Rewind' to prevent users leaving your app

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When a user encounters an issue, they'll often delete the software and move onto a competing application without reporting the problem they faced. This can leave the developer perplexed as to what happened and without solid data to prevent more in the future. 

A new solution from Testfire, called Rewind,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Xamarin becomes the native cross-platform solution for C# and Java developers

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Xamarin has announced its acquisition of RoboVM, a momentous step for both companies which means C# and Java developers need only look to a single development solution for native deployment across each of the major platforms. 

The software has been a beloved tool for C# developers for some...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.