Google launches Android Studio 2.0 beta – features multi-touch, better app indexing

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Ahead of the upcoming final release, Google has released the next major version of its Android Studio IDE for developers to put through its paces and help to eliminate any lingering bugs ahead of its full debut. Available in the Beta release channel, Google says this version of Android Studio 2.0 "is near stable release quality and should be...

By Ryan Daws, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Platforms, Testing.

Microsoft says Windows 10 app sales are up – despite claims otherwise

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Microsoft had a grand vision with the launch of Windows 8 that apps should be universal, and can be used no matter what form of device a user decides to use. Over three years on, that dream is still kicking despite poor adoption on mobile and weak PC market. 

Unfortunately, developers have struggled to get on-board with Microsoft's vision and focused their efforts on the lucrative...

By Ryan Daws, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft criticised for the Windows 10 app store – poor algorithms highlighted

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Users of Windows 10 are often frustrated at the lack of applications for its app store, but it's a situation which isn't going to improve unless developers are happy. The fact is, developers aren't happy, and part of the reason is because Microsoft's lacklustre app store algorithms do not give applications the exposure they deserve – often not showing them...

By Ryan Daws, 22 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

Several of Google's search APIs find retirement

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After first being announced back in 2011, several of Google's search APIs will find themselves officially retired as of February 15th. Luckily, with Google being a search company, the defunct APIs have been replaced with a superior alternative in the form of the Custom-Search API. 

The APIs heading into retirement include; Patent Search, News Search, Blog Search, Image...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Platforms.

Apple releases iOS 9.3 developer beta – hints at future abilities

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Head over to Apple's Developer Centre this morning and you’ll find a beta of iOS 9.3 if you’re a registered developer. Apple has posted a preview of what to expect in the upcoming version of the OS, so it’s high time we drill through what goodness it contains: 

Night Shift 

One application which has kept me on Android is called...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Hardware partners Weave onto Google's Project Brillo

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Project Brillo is Google's attempt to unify the internet-connected "things" which make up the Internet of Things we keep hearing about, but until now we've not heard of many products which have supported the new standard. As of CES 2015, this narrative has changed, and now we have several companies putting their weight behind Project...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Apple smashed its own App Store sales record

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Most companies will expect year-on-year growth if they are performing well, but Apple has reported they've smashed their own App Store sales record over the past year, including the biggest single day of sales over its history during the holiday season.

In total, Apple reports the App Store took in over $20 billion during the course of 2015. When you compare to 2014, where the App...

By Ryan Daws, 06 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Apple, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Bristol is the latest city to use APIs for improving transport

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As cities become smarter, we're seeing more APIs being opened-up to developers looking to help improve the conditions of those working and living within them. Bristol has become the latest city to join others around the world in offering a transport API. 

The web-based service is designed to provide information such as live bus and train times, stop locations,...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Platforms.