Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta – features multi-touch, better app indexing

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Ahead of the upcoming final release, Google has released the next major version of its Android Studio IDE for developers to put through its paces and help to eliminate any lingering bugs ahead of its full debut. Available in the Beta release channel, Google says this version of Android Studio 2.0 "is near stable release quality and should be...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Platforms, Testing.

Several of Google's search APIs find retirement

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After first being announced back in 2011, several of Google's search APIs will find themselves officially retired as of February 15th. Luckily, with Google being a search company, the defunct APIs have been replaced with a superior alternative in the form of the Custom-Search API. 

The APIs heading into retirement include; Patent Search, News Search, Blog Search, Image...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Platforms.

Hardware partners Weave onto Google's Project Brillo

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Project Brillo is Google's attempt to unify the internet-connected "things" which make up the Internet of Things we keep hearing about, but until now we've not heard of many products which have supported the new standard. As of CES 2015, this narrative has changed, and now we have several companies putting their weight behind Project...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Pixel C is a precursor to "a better Android"

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David Pierce, from Wired, posted his review of Google's intriguing Pixel C tablet earlier today in which he found the hardware a work of art but wrote it "deserves a better Android". Google is not stupid – it knows Android's shortcomings on tablets – but the mere fact the Pixel C exists is a precursor that "a better Android" is on the way. 

Despite being a firm believer that Android...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms.

Opinion: Should you choose a Web or a Native app?

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The first step in developing an app is determining whether it should be native or on the web. This decision will impact every stage of development, from hiring the right programmers to determining which devices it can be accessed on.

Wait — Aren’t There Hybrid Solutions?

While current technology allows for hybrid applications — either by wrapping browser scripting in a native app like 

By Q Manning, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

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.