iOS 8 Beta 6 is out, but it's exclusively for carriers

Apple fans are eagerly-awaiting the release of iOS 8. The update brings a range of improvements that even those of an Android disposition must admit are a huge leap forward over its predecessor, but currently Apple only wants you to test the beta builds if you are a registered developer with your UDID registered for your device.

Thus far this has been a traditional deployment model for Apple. Deploy to developers > test > fix > Gold Master > carrier check > deploy to the public. In what appears...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Platforms, Testing.

One Calendar API to rule them, one API to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them

If you’re building an application with calendar integration, it can be a difficult process to support all of them due to their various authentication methods and data models. One Calendar is an API which aims to simplify this by simplifying integration with commonly-used calendars such as Google Calendar and Microsoft Exchange.

The API was birthed out of CEO Adam Bird's frustration with being unable to easily interact with the myriad of existing calendar APIs which are...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Code, Developers.

Four essential skills for today’s app developers

Gone are the days when app developers could simply publish their app on an app store and expect a decent amount of downloads. In an increasingly crowded market, devs need to put in more work to ensure that their app gets recognition from fickle users. While there is no magic recipe for guaranteed app success, here are 4 skills that today’s app developer should have for a leg up over competition:

1) Cross-Platform Capabilities

As the mobile market grows, so...

By StartApp, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Testing.

Ringly aims to keep you up to date but with your phone out of sight

Meet Ringly. This startup’s piece of wearable technology keeps you up to date with notifications, but makes sure you’re not pulling your phone out of your pocket every few minutes.

Utilising Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), the ring’s BLE-enabled circuit board makes the connection with the user’s phone, and is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The ring lights up a specified colour and gives a different vibration pattern dependent on the type of notification received, be it a...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Design, Devices.

Developers prefer Android over iOS, whilst Windows interest grows

There are two current kingpins in the smartphone war; Android and iOS. The companies behind each ecosystem take different approaches to their respective platforms. Android has a reputation of being more "Open" and, let's be honest, a bit more geeky. iOS is less flexible and instead relies on Apple making all the important decisions on behalf of its users and developers. 

In the latest "

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Industry, Platforms.

Analysis: What makes Apple's "Handoff" possible?

Apple is maintaining its stance that devices must remain separate, but without universal apps across mobile and desktop, this leads to a less seamless and more jarring experience for the end-user. As a partial solution to this, the company introduced a set of features at WWDC earlier this year for the upcoming iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite releases called "Continuity" whereby work can be continued easily from one device to the next.

In its demo at WWDC, the experience was as fluid as it needs to be. "Handoff"...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Testing.

Google Play overshadows App Store downloads by 60%

App Annie, an industry standard in analytics and market data in the apps and digital economy, has released their Q2 report which highlights the performance of nearly three million apps across all the major app stores for the iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. It covers an interesting period due to the "Summer of Sport" which featured the World Cup in Brazil.

The main finding of the report is that Google's Play Store has increased its lead over Apple's App Store in terms of...

By Ryan Daws, 16 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Apple iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

App testing in China’s mobile market

Like any business entering into a new market for the first time, it is of vital importance for mobile app testers to understand the temperament of that market. As Silicon India recently discussed, the China mobile market represents an intriguing landscape with a high ceiling, but it is not without its own set of challenges and nuances.

The People’s Republic of China has a population...

By Mike Brown, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Apple iOS, Monetisation, Testing.

Feature-centric approach: The new rule for mobile app development

Usual approach of organizations that backfires

A general practice in app development is that organizations deploy a team for each platform. The resultant products are likely to get duplicated as the development process always progress in parallel. Instead of being use case and feature specific, the apps will be delivering the same features and only the platform will differ.

If an app is prepared in a single platform, and it fails, it is going to affect an organization a little bit. But if the same app is...

By Contus Technology at IT's Best, 07 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Visual Studio is preparing to be your complete cross-platform IDE with new Unity support

Microsoft's popular IDE, Visual Studio, is being set-up to be the one-stop-shop for cross-platform development with a new prowess for game development. The new abilities will arrive via Microsoft's purchase of UnityVS developers, SyntaxTree, for an undisclosed price.

On their blog, SyntaxTree wrote: "It's an exciting day at SyntaxTree. We are very proud to announce that, as of today, SyntaxTree - including the team that...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.