Radar wants to ‘solve’ location for app developers

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New startup Radar has decided location is a long-overlooked problem and requires a solution to unlock its full potential.

There are tried-and-trusted solutions for most developer problems today. If you want communications in your app, Twilio can put you in touch. If you need to handle payments, Swipe can put that through for you. For location, Radar’s CEO argues, there’s not been such a solution.

“We’re ten years into the smartphone era, but building...

By Ryan Daws, 15 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Location, Mobile.

OneShell will join OneCore in uniting Windows devices

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Microsoft has long envisioned a Windows for developers to focus on building great software and forget about the form on which they'll run. Each update for Windows 10 on desktop, mobile, and Xbox has brought this vision closer to reality, but the next step is a truly common shell. 

This is all part of the "One Windows" concept. Windows 10 devices...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Ford and Toyota partner on SmartDeviceLink consortium to standardise in-car development

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A consortium established by Ford and Toyota called SmartDeviceLink hopes to bring various automakers together with OEMs of third-party devices in order to standardise app development for vehicles. 

SmartDeviceLink will enable consumers to access their smartphone apps – regardless of platform – and interact with them using voice and in-vehicle displays. The support of automakers enables SmartDeviceLink to be integrated with...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft looks beyond smartphones to 'cellular PCs'

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With market share now sitting below one percent, it's safe to say most people have discredited Windows Phone. During the 2016 WinHEC conference, however, Microsoft announced its work on a significant advancement which could revive the platform, or at least give a boost to other Windows 10-based mobile devices. 

The biggest complaint users have with Windows Phone is...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Play Services 10.2 will drop support for Gingerbread and Honeycomb

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Google has warned developers the next Play Services update will increase the minimum supported API level to 14, which means Android versions 'Gingerbread' and 'Honeycomb' will no longer be supported. 

Once an app is published to the Play Store, with this new minimum requirement, the minority of users still on legacy platforms will no longer see the app or its...

By Ryan Daws, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Unity Technologies and Xiaomi partner for Chinese mobile game development

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Mobile game developer Unity Technologies and Chinese Android device manufacturer Xiaomi has signed a partnership agreement to serve consumers and developers globally. With this collaboration, Unity game developers will be able to publish their games to the Xiaomi app store and Xiaomi will provide support negotiating with local licensing terms.

China already accounts for more than a quarter of the new mobile devices activated on the Unity network every quarter and Xiaomi devices, the...

By Developer Tech, 24 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Mobile.

Nvidia claims it's simple to port PS4, Xbox One games to Nintendo Switch

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Mobile gaming leaves a lot to be desired in terms of performance and graphical fidelity when compared to more powerful consoles, but that gap is closing fast with today's mobile GPUs already offering more power than last-generation consoles. 

The Nintendo Switch is set to arrive in the first half of 2017, and...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Mobile, Platforms.

Big Viking Games raises $21.75m, continues to bet on HTML5 mobile gaming

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Big Viking Games, a Canada-based independent mobile and self-published game studio and pioneer in HTML5 mobile games, has secured a total of $21.75 million (£17.4m) in funding from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and BDC Capital.

The...

By Developer Tech, 04 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, HTML5, Mobile.

R.I.P Eclipse Android Developer Tools

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It's been a long time coming, but Google has finally ended official support for Eclipse ADT (Android Developer Tools) in favour of their dedicated Android Studio IDE. 

Google first announced it would end support for Eclipse ADT back in 2005 and warned developers to make the switch to Android Studio before the end of the year. Over a year later, Google kept up support for Eclipse ADT,...

By Ryan Daws, 03 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Mobile.

Facebook employs client-side ranking for improved efficiency

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Facebook's core business surrounds the News Feed and the content it delivers to users, so the social giant is making it more efficient through employing client-side ranking. 

When it comes to seeing content – you want it fast – and so do your users if they're going to stick around. You may not have control of their internet speeds, but that doesn't prevent...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Facebook, Mobile.