Google bumps APK limit to 100MB ahead of Android event

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Google will be hosting an event today where it's expected we'll see the release of updated Nexus devices from LG and Huawei, the potential of two new Chromecast products, a surprise 'Pixel' Android tablet, and of course the release of Android Marshmallow to power the exciting new hardware. 

Ahead of the event, the Google Play team has extended the APK file size limit for Android developers from 50MB to 100MB which should...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Facebook unleashes React Native for Android

Earlier in the year, Facebook made their React Native framework open-source for iOS to ensure developers can build applications using modern web techniques without having to battle with their existing frameworks. Zuckerberg's social giant has now taken the steps for Android developers, which has allowed them to speed-up the process of building sophisticated native applications. 

React Native started as an internal tool...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Facebook, Languages.

Google's software build tool Bazel heads into beta

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Bazel, a tool used internally at Google to build software quickly, was made open-source back in March to advance its development. Google has now released Bazel under beta to allow engineers to build server and client software for Android and iOS whilst avoiding some of the usual issues. 

One large caveat, however, is that Bazel is only available for Linux and OS X for the time being – with a Windows version being made "a priority" and due to make the cut...

By Ryan Daws, 10 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Java.

Research: State of Mobile Development

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Telerik, a Progress company, released the results of their "State of Mobile Development" study this morning which highlights some interesting trends in the world of application development taken from 3,000 respondents consisting of developers (49%), CEOs/owners (14%), architects (14%), IT professionals (8%),...

By Ryan Daws, 25 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise, Industry, iOS, IoT, Mobile.

Google reveals Android 6.0 as Marshmallow: What developers can do from here

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Google has introduced the official Android 6.0 SDK as well as the final preview of Android M, now known as Marshmallow.

The name reveal, following Lollipop and KitKat, was described by Android product manager Jamal Eason. “Whether you like them straight out of the bag, roasted to a golden brown exterior with a molten centre, or in fluff form, who doesn’t like marshmallows?” he wrote in a blog post.

Nomenclature aside, however, the majority of new features since the launch of...

By James Bourne, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Mozilla Webmaker addresses local content shortage

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The web is vast, but it doesn't yet represent everyone. Mozilla is on a mission to change this underrepresentation of some communities with the launch of their 'Webmaker' tool which aims to address "the lack of local content in mobile-first markets." 

Developed after extensive research (PDF) into how people use technology in emerging...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Mobile.

Latis wants to finally make notifications 'smart'

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Developers for the most part have got wise to not spamming their users with notifications or risk having their app deleted, but there are still fundamental issues with how notifications are delivered. 

Entering the arena is Latis, a smarter notification system which prevents duplicate notifications popping-up on all the user's devices and instead...

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

Which beacon shines brighter: Eddystone or iBeacon?


It always made sense that Google would eventually enter the beacon space. In many ways, it’s surprising that Google didn’t get there first. After all, the technology is essentially putting cookies into physical spaces and bringing many of the same technology we use on the web to the physical world. The tracking, advertising, contextual aware potential of the technology made it a Google...

By Mike Crooks, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, IoT, Location.

Google puts the spotlight on their iBeacon rival

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Google has revealed their answer to Apple's iBeacons, and as expected the company has built an open alternative compatible with both Android and iOS. The full solution consists of three new key elements; a beacon standard, tools and APIs, and a service for managing and monitoring large beacon deployments. 

The cornerstone of Google's beacon solution is the company's new standard...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Devices, iOS.

Google advances its Material Design takeover

During I/O last year, Google announced its new 'Material' design language based on the "Cards" motif seen in Google Now. Since then, many Android developers have adopted some form of the language (whether a complete makeover or just borrowing some elements to fit-in with the rest of the OS.)

Google announced MDL (Material Design Lite) earlier this week to help web developers bring the design to their websites using CSS, JavaScript, and...

By Ryan Daws, 08 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, iOS.