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.

Opinion: Settling the 30fps vs 60fps debate

If you're a console gamer, you will have heard a lot of (mind-numbing) debate surrounding 30fps vs 60fps over the past year. If you're a game developer, you're deciding between what frame rate is right for your game. Unfortunately, it seems that if it's not a higher-number on paper, you will be criticised for it regardless of how your game looks and feels.

Ubisoft has come under fire this week for deciding to ship their upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity at a frame-rate of 30fps. The heated argument comes after...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming, Platforms.

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.

Twitter wants to court back developers with Fabric

If you're a developer of applications which use Twitter's API, you'll be aware of the ecosystem crackdown which Andreessen Horowitz partner Chris Dixon said at the time was like “a drunk guy with an Uzi.”

Twitter is like a drunk guy with an uzi killing partners left and right. Expect investment in ecosystem to drop significantly.

— Chris Dixon (@cdixon) May 24, 2010

Dixon wasn't wrong, either. The "token limit" imposed...

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Developers, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Windows 10: What features are we missing?

There are some features which were available in previous builds – and even shown on-stage at the enterprise-focused event earlier this week – which didn't make the Technical Preview of Windows 10 this week. In this article, we will take a look at those missing features…

Before we begin, we must remind readers the aim of the preview is to allow users to shape the ongoing development before the final version launches next year. We speculate Microsoft will release each “big” feature at...

By Ryan Daws, 02 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Platforms, Testing, Windows.