Mobile gaming reached $40.6 billion in 2016 – matching global box office sales

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If there was any doubt left as to how lucrative mobile game development can be, the market generated over $40 billion last year according to research from SuperData and game development platform Unity.

A particular highlight of the “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The 2016 Mobile Games Market” report is that global revenues matched international box office sales for the first...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Industry, iOS.

Mobile development platform Fabric moves to Google

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Twitter's mobile development platform Fabric has been sold to Google for an undisclosed sum. 

Until today's announcement, Fabric was one advantage Twitter held over Facebook after Zuckerberg's giant shuttered its own 'Parse' platform. Clearly, mobile development platforms under the control of social networks are not meant to be. 

Developers who use Fabric can at least feel comforted the platform is not...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Prepare for a curved, home button-less iPhone 8

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The iPhone 7 is barely out the door but from a quick glance you would find it difficult to distinguish from its predecessor. A couple of recent industry moves leads us to believe a more radical change is to be expected for the iPhone's upgrade next year. 

One big change in how you use the iPhone 7 is with the 'Home Button' which has shifted from...

By Ryan Daws, 07 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Devices, iOS, Platforms.

Research: Developers are prioritising Android over iOS

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Android's growth has been phenomenal, and the OS now powers approximately 84 percent of global smartphones. With such a huge market share it's just one reason behind a monumental shift towards developers prioritising Android over iOS.

In the latest 'State of the Developer Nation' report, Vision Mobile highlights...

By Ryan Daws, 26 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: How iOS 10 and App Store changes will impact developers

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Nine years and over 2 million apps later, the App Store has become a spiralling behemoth. Whilst there are many great, innovative, immersive and useful apps - there is also a lot of dross. Unfortunately, even if you have a great app you may still end up with a failure on your hands.

One just needs to look at Storehouse, the visual storytelling app that won in Apple Design Awards 2014. Yesterday, the...

By James Kaye, 15 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS.

Windows Bridge for iOS updated with CoreFoundation and improved layout API support

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Microsoft's open-source tool for porting iOS applications to Windows has been updated with improved support for several widely-used iOS layout APIs and integration with the official CoreFoundation framework.

CoreFoundation 

The biggest announcement of the Windows Bridge for iOS for many developers will be the integration with CoreFoundation. The...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Twitter enables developers to embed ads into tweet streams

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A beta program is being rolled-out by Twitter which enables developers to embed advertisements into tweet streams in third-party apps on Android and iOS which utilise Twitter Kit. 

One example of a popular app which uses Twitter Kit to implement a social feed is the official NBA application. From today, developers which use Twitter Kit will be able to monetise...

By Ryan Daws, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Android, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation, Social media.

Realm launches new mobile database for Xamarin aimed at .NET developers

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Realm has launched a new mobile database for .NET developers that is ideal for reactive app development, with live objects, change events, and support for unidirectional data flows. Built specifically for Xamarin, it offers easy object persistence and full query capabilities with a faster performance profile than incumbents.

Meeting the requirements of mobile app development,...

By Developer Tech, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS.

Google reportedly preparing Swift escape from Java

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Google has been caught-up in fierce court battles with Oracle over the company’s use of Java for their Android operating system, and could be looking to Apple’s new programming language, Swift, as the replacement if litigation matters continue.

Switching from Java to Swift as the platform’s first-class language will require a complete re-build of Android, so...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

Research: Insights on the State of App Developers 2016

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The mobile revolution and the surge in smartphone usage is driving the market for mobile applications while mobile app development is a prospering industry which continues to expand. The growth in consumer demand for mobile apps and the increase in time spent on the apps is encouraging for both aspiring and seasoned developers to innovate across mobile devices.

InMobi...

By Irene Herranz, 02 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

Opinion: Don’t bother with native code

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There’s always been something of a philosophical discussion over the efficiency of developing native apps. The argument follows that native apps give you access to a platform’s full functionality helping you to manipulate built-in capabilities to create sophisticated applications. Conversely, there is a popular conception...

By Burke Holland, 18 February 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Java, Languages, Mobile.

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.

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: Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Apple makes a Swift move towards open source

When you think of Apple, rarely does "open source" come to mind. Last year Apple introduced a brand-new programming language called Swift which aimed to make coding applications for iOS or OS X a modern experience – and it promised that it would be open source. 

A few people would have rolled their eyes at this; with some people thinking back to Steve Jobs taking stage at WWDC to announce that FaceTime would also be open source. However, Apple made good on its promise this morning to open source...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Languages, Platforms.

Opinion: Should you choose a Web or a Native app?

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The first step in developing an app is determining whether it should be native or on the web. This decision will impact every stage of development, from hiring the right programmers to determining which devices it can be accessed on.

Wait — Aren’t There Hybrid Solutions?

While current technology allows for hybrid applications — either by wrapping browser scripting in a native app like 

By Q Manning, 30 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Mobile.

Opinion: Unraveling cross-platform app development

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With more and more developers looking to get into mobile, it would make sense that they would want to use the tools of their choice. But, what are the options for developing mobile apps in general? You may be asking yourself, “How can I develop for iOS without a Mac?” “How can I develop for Android without learning Java?” Maybe, even more importantly, is,...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

CodePush enables instant updates to Cordova and React Native apps

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Microsoft has an SDK in beta dubbed CodePush which enables Cordova and React Native developers to deploy instant mobile app updates to users' devices. CodePush acts like a central repository which developers can publish updates to, with applications querying the repository for updates using the provided client SDKs. 

This allows for...

By Ryan Daws, 12 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Mobile.

Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development

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Smartphones are so deeply entrenched in our lives that developers can reach hundreds, thousands, even millions of users – provided that they actually build a high-quality app that can appeal to a large variety of people. While anyone can build an app, creating one that people use, enjoy, and recommend takes work.

This list of 10 tools for mobile app developers is...

By JT Ripton, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.