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, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Android is now Wear(ing) Play Services 5.0

Play Services, the clever package of APIs for Android, has been updated to give devs extra Google-y powers even on older devices. At I/O, Google announced a torrent of new features to core apps as well as a new platform - Android Wear.

The Android wearables API allows developers to communicate with their apps running on Android Wear devices with a persistent and automatically...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Google I/O 2014: Grab a Lollipop, check your Wear, and prepare your TV

Google VP, Sundar Pichai, confirmed yesterday we’ll see the next version of Android today – a break from the tradition of releasing later in the year alongside new hardware. In an in-depth profile piece on Bloomberg, Pichai said: "I want the world to understand what we are doing sooner.”

Releasing a preview this early before a general release later this year adds credence to a complete

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Kii discusses solving the Cloud, IoT, and China localisation

DeveloperTech (DT) caught up with Phani Pandrangi (PP) who is the Chief Product Officer at Kii, a carrier-grade Cloud-orientated mobile app development platform, to discuss some of the industry’s biggest topics such as how the company is easing the transitional period we are seeing to the Cloud, as well as how to take advantage of the mighty market of China.

DT: The Cloud is undoubtedly the biggest topic for developers at the moment. How is Kii helping it to be utilised to its full potential?

PP:...

By Ryan Daws, 24 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Cloud, Developers, Platforms.

Learning with Microsoft's Azure Machine

Our machines aren't quite as self-aware as Skynet yet, despite Elon Musk's fears, but that doesn't mean they aren't learning. Behind many modern systems is some amount of machine-learning; Google, for example, uses it to build their vast "knowledge graph" to link data sets to one another and create an engine which can find almost any answer available on the internet (and can you think of much that isn't?)

Microsoft also uses it for...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Developers, Enterprise, Platforms.

How will Swift affect the iOS developer community?

If you haven’t heard, Apple unveiled a brand new programming language exclusively for Apple developers this week at WWDC. The new language is called Swift and is designed to streamline the development of iOS and Mac OS apps. While any Apple-backed programming language is an exciting prospect, Swift definitely has the potential to shake up the Apple app ecosystem in ways that are both good and bad for the developer community.

The Good:

Swift is meant to be a...

By StartApp, 16 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.

DirectX 12, Metal, Mantle... Low-level gaming API market is getting a bit Mental!

2014 is quickly becoming the year of the low-level gaming APIs. Performance is able to be boosted in ways you could convince yourself you were experiencing new, more powerful hardware through getting closer to the "metal" of the GPU when developing the latest titles.

The first to make the headlines in recent years was AMD's 'Mantle' which allows for deep-access to the company's range of GPUs. Games were patched with support for its APIs including DICE's...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple iOS, Developers, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

WWDC 2014: Another predictions article…

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back and iGeeks everywhere are trying their very best to contain squeals only similar to those generated at a Justin Bieber concert. As usual, we’ve heard rumours of what to expect from a company more under the microscope than ever before…

The last revolutionary product released by Apple was the iPad – which despite being launched in 2010 – still has had no true competitor in terms of sales. Not even the power of Samsung, which...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Industry, Platforms.

Patent digging reveals possible new iOS 8 details

Occasionally I like to dig through a few patents for details on what we can expect from upcoming products by influential companies. Most of the time the biggest innovations are covered up or not made public until the last possible minute – but even the small details can have big impacts.

Apple published several patents this week – although originally filed back in January – which may give us a glimpse at new additions we can expect in iOS 8 ahead of its inevitable reveal at the...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Platforms.