Designing for Android Auto: What you need to know

One of the biggest battles for major platform holders will be for the automotive. Google announced at their I/O developer conference earlier this year that the tech giant has plans to outpace competitors with Android Auto; but it stalled on providing most of the vital details.

Now Google has released a design template for Android Auto which developers must use when creating apps for the car. (It's worth remembering at this point the "apps" function as extensions of...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Developers, Platforms.

100 ideas that changed the Web: Responsive web design

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We work, shop, play, socialize and relax in front of screens. We have a screen in our pocket, a screen on our desk, a screen on our lap and a screen in our front room. We use multiple screens at the same time. We move between screens to carry out tasks.

Whether we are consuming media on a PC, a tablet device, a smartphone or the TV, we like content optimized for that particular device. This is not easy when they all have different screen sizes and interfaces and are used...

By Jim Boulton, 29 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Design.

The software developers: What bespoke means to us

In an ever-evolving market place, bespoke software development can be a tricky thing to pin down to a single definition. Rightly so, it encompasses different possibilities to different companies. For some clients, it’s producing a web based commercial application that interacts with customers, for others it’s producing an all-encompassing multi-platform CRM that serves all employees across business units. 

For us, there are no limits as to what a bespoke software development could entail....

By Decoded Solutions, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Developers.

Why productivity vs control in app development is a simple matter of proportionate force

Picture the scene: you find yourself in a bar or pub, having a drink with some friends. Suddenly, a man you don’t know comes up to you and begins aggressively shouting and shoving you, spilling your drink in the process. It’s clear that you need to address the issue…but how?

Hurriedly, you form two options in your head. Do you a) ask the man to leave you alone, and, only if he persists in acting as the aggressor, call the police? Or do you choose option b) and arrange for a group of Navy SEALS to...

By Gary Calcott, 14 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Design, Developers.

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.

WPC14: What can we expect from Windows 9?

Earlier this month, DeveloperTech reported that we may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year. It may be a little early to see a full revelation, or a public test build, but that doesn't mean Redmond can't start trying to drum up some excitement around the next release to please its users, partners, and investors alike.

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference kicks off today and marks the perfect opportunity to prove why the company is worth sticking by - despite the widely-regarded failure of Windows 8....

By Ryan Daws, 14 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Platforms, Windows.

Google’s Material Design pays homage to Microsoft’s flat, cross-platform Modern UI

Few would call Microsoft pioneers of design. Whilst their software is powerful, its design has historically been utilitarian rather than beautiful. Apple got its name in this department, and as a result, many of the best UI designers adopted iOS and Mac.

An account, granted by a Microsoft designer, tells of the fundamental shift within the company with its approach to design over recent years. If it wasn’t obvious from the outside to see how the flat,...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms.

Google (and Android) is getting a redesign and this is the "Quantum Paper" behind it...

DeveloperTech predicted in April that the next version of Android will be getting a complete makeover much like Apple's iOS 7. It wasn't the most outrageous of claims, in fact it was rather obvious, but if you had any doubt left then Google's internal framework for the company's new design ethos across products has come to light...

Dubbed the 'Quantum Paper' framework, it details Google's new design principles to unify the company's design across Android apps and...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.

How to optimize your app’s layout on iOS 7

Whilst there is not necessarily a right way and a wrong way to design your app’s layout, there are some tricks you can use to make sure that the user experience is as optimal as possible.

Ample Space for Controls

We all know that smartphone screens are small, and iPhones are consistently on the lower end of the screen-size spectrum.

To optimize your app’s layout for iOS 7, try to make sure that your main, controllable elements are at least 44×44...

By StartApp, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple iOS, Design, Developers.

Google’s Android 5.0 will be design-focused

Before the release of Android 4.4 “KitKat” DeveloperTech predicted version 5.0 of the OS would see a focus on a complete redesign above all else. The functionality and capabilities of Android is ahead of the competition – but few would call stock ‘droid the prettiest OS of the bunch.

Closest rival, Apple, had a design-focus in iOS7 removing all “skeuomorphic” elements and going for a flat-design reminiscent of Windows...

By Ryan Daws, 17 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Platforms, Testing.