Microsoft expands their horizon with Visual Studio and .NET

Visual Studio is one of the most powerful IDEs available, and the 2013 edition alone has seen over seven million downloads in just the last year. It’s a beloved tool in a Windows developer’s arsenal, and now Microsoft is opening it up to support the targeting of any platform with the “Visual Studio Community 2013” edition.

To assist developers with this goal, the .NET core stack is also being made open-source so that it can be run on Linux and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Google's six magic lines of search code

Google has historically been referred to as "the search giant" which is becoming more and more irrelevant as the firm expands into huge standalone products such as Android. Now the web giant wants to bring their search expertise, and the world's most popular OS, closer together.

On the Android Developer Blog, Google has announced the ability to allow Android's on-device search to open and scour your application for data with just six-lines of code in your AndroidManifest.xml file...

The lines you will need to...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Platforms.

Windows Phone depends on app quality

According to Microsoft, their Windows Phone Store now features more than 300,000 apps and games as of late last week. Two months ago, that number stood at 255,000 apps. A month later, 270,000. The interesting aspect of this milestone, as Softpedia also notes, is not so much the number of apps, but the rate in which they were added:

Windows Phone apps generally received much higher ratings.

This milestone is much more important...

By Mike Brown, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Google brings Material Design to pre-Lollipop devices

AppCompat is an API library from Google which allows older versions of Android to be compatible with the latest "Material Design" elements of the world's most popular OS. The library has been updated to v21 in the Android 5.0 SDK, which was released last Friday, and means you can start designing alongside Google's new guidelines and bring it to your current users.

What's New?

Theming

Google's new design takes away from distracting, non-essential elements. The "action bar" - which runs across the top of the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Design, Platforms, Testing.

Windows 10: Receive calls and allow devices to AllJoyn

A new build of the Windows 10 technical preview was pushed earlier today which contains fixes to issues in the previous version, and introduces new anticipated features such as an "unpolished" version of its notification center.

But it's perhaps what Microsoft hasn't announced as a feature yet which is most interesting. In a deep-dive of the API changes between this version (

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.

Google takes Android gaming up a level

You may not have heard, but Google had a fairly-quiet launch of several big new products this week including the Nexus 9 and the Nexus Player. Despite not making as much fanfare as Apple's event, these are important and brand-new devices which show just how serious Google is about the mobile gaming market.

The Nexus 9 packs Nvidia's powerful Tegra K1 and is capable of delivering graphics similar to the Xbox 360 and PS3. If you want to know just how powerful this thing is, its...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Platforms.

Play Store plays catch-up to iOS' revenue

(Image Credit: Tim Malabuyo)

App Annie's latest quarterly index continues the trend we all know by now; Android is the platform of choice if you want to tout your download numbers, whilst iOS is your choice if you want a few extra numbers in your bank account.

Google Play exceeds iOS downloads by 60% according to the index, and is...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Apple iOS, Marketing, Platforms.

Caffeine gives Android development a kick

(Image Credit: Zach Inglis)

Android, as well all know, is a mobile OS which now powers the biggest percentage of smartphones in the world. Part of its rapid-growth is due to Google's embrace of open-source software and technologies, allowing the web giant to remain on the cutting-edge of the latest innovations.

Percolate is a software company...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Code, Developers, Platforms, Testing.

Slow iOS 8 adoption worries developers

One of the best things about Apple’s iOS over Google’s Android is that the latest updates are immediately available for supported devices without the need to wait for your carrier to check it, or your hardware OEM to ‘skin’ it to differentiate their products from competitors.

This year, adoption of the latest iOS has been much less than previous years, and it’s worrying developers. After three weeks, iOS 8 is now running on 47% of devices

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Apple iOS, Devices, Platforms.