Interview: Sinch's new SMS API challenges Twilio

VoIP giant Rebtel spun-off a company called 'Sinch' back in May along with $12 million in funding from Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. The company has gained significant momentum, with sign-ups increasing 25% month-by-month and over four billion minutes of calls connected using its simple communications platform.

Sinch has been on the cutting-edge with powerful innovations such as WebRTC, but has been missing support for that legacy...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft helps IoT devices to AllJoyn together

When we announced that AllJoyn support had been found hidden in Windows 10 build 9860, a lot of readers were excited about its potential. AllJoyn is an industry standard for the Internet of Things – created by the AllSeen Alliance – who is formed by industry giants including Microsoft, LG, HTC, Sony, Electrolux, Panasonic, Sharp, D-Link, and over 80...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, IoT, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: What the iPad and iPhone 6 Plus needs

The iPhone 6 Plus has a lot of unrealised potential, and it's down to an uninspired interface that it's not meeting it. Sure, apps can show an extra pane of information, but they can't be opened side-by-side or "floated" like the Galaxy Note 4. Sure, you can copy and paste from apps, but you can't grab specific parts of the screen and pull information from it like the Note 4. These are all features not everyone needs, but it shows that Samsung's device is at least taking advantage of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: The State of Windows Phone

Jackdaw Research released a damning report yesterday about Windows Phone and why it is "failing to catch on" with consumers and in the enterprise. It is a scathing study which makes it seem like the platform is doomed to failure, which I don't believe is necessarily the case...

Microsoft is taking a feedback-first approach and allowing users to test and shape Windows 10 before it hits...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Platforms, Windows.

Google's new "Jack and Jill" Android compilers

With a brand-new Android release, it's only natural we'll see some updates to the development tools as well. As found by Saikoa, the latest Android SDK contains two new build tools called 'Jack' and 'Jill' after the nursery rhyme characters. The twosome aim to replace the less-catchy existing 'javac' and 'dex' compilers...

Google's decision for creating two new compilers could be due to the ongoing dispute with Oracle over the use of...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Windows Phone 8.1 cracks 50% marketshare

The good news is that the latest and greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS has reached 50% of the Windows Phone market, according to AdDuplex. The bad news is that Windows Phone still accounts for less than 10% of the entire smartphone market in most countries...

Android still dominates in terms of overall marketshare, but where Google's OS fails is in getting their latest OS onto even the latest flagship handsets from the myriad of OEMs who...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Unity 4.6 brings long-fabled UI creator

Around a year and a half ago, popular game development tool Unity promised to change how user interfaces are created. With the release of 4.6, developers can now ease the painful task of creating UI with a powerful built-in solution which removes the need to use workarounds to achieve what you need.

Unity’s animation system provides support for aspects like bouncing buttons and things which fly into view.

Unity is a WYSIWYG-style creation engine which – up to most solutions – is simple in...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

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: Development Tools, Languages, 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, Ecosystem, Languages, 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.