Why developer evangelism is more important than ever

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In today’s business world, there are quite a few titles that don’t make much sense. Let’s face it, some of them are just flat out ridiculous. But, in a world where there are Happiness Heroes, Chief Inspiration Officers, and Retail Jedis, there is one newer job title that has made a huge difference for technology companies and that job belongs to the developer evangelist.

To those unfamiliar with this position, it may sound like it belongs in the list of absurd...

By Joshua Margolin, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Ecosystem, Marketing.

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.

More developers working across mobile, IoT and cloud, argues VisionMobile

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A new study from analyst house VisionMobile has looked into the global developer landscape – and found Java to be the most popular language while devs are increasingly working across multiple sectors, including mobile, IoT, and cloud.

The latter makes sense – as tools and languages work across sectors, the developers using them do as well – yet the research, which polls more than 30,000 developers each year, found some other interesting findings.

The figures, which are...

By James Bourne, 27 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile.

Xbox allows cross-platform multiplayer with PlayStation/Steam

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Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network simplified online multiplayer for both developers and gamers, but also created division in gamers as their online services locked them out from playing with friends who chose to invest their money in a different platform. Gamers have dreamt of a day when the wall between platforms came tumbling down, and...

By Ryan Daws, 14 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Windows.

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.

Nest opens Weave to developers – debuts Cam API

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If there's a household name in the smart home, it's Nest. The company has gone from strength-to-strength after the launch of their innovative smart thermostat, and even got the attention of Google who acquired the startup in February last year. 

Nest has since launched a range of other connected products, which communicate with one another through a protocol called Weave. Today, Nest has announced several updates to its developer program, including...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, Ecosystem, Platforms.

Xbox One: The Windows 10 Advantage

The desktop PC is upgradable to provide unparalleled performance; but Microsoft has neglected to nurture it for years and left PC game developers with aging graphics APIs and players to use Steam as their platform of choice to connect with fellow gamers. 

Microsoft's new Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, had a presence on the PC gaming E3 conference this year and acknowledged: "There have been times in our past where Microsoft has lost our way with PC gaming. As a person who now runs gaming for...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

I/O 2015: Here's what to expect from Android M

Another year means another I/O, and eyes from around the world will be on Google's annual developer conference to see how the giant plans to lead the way forward in exciting new areas such as wearables and connected cars. 

Google will want to ensure its operating system is found wherever there is technology to power, but such a bold ambition can only be realised with some important changes. In this article we will...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Ecosystem, IoT, Mobile, Platforms, Samsung, Wearables.

Opinion: This is how Microsoft is changing the world

Microsoft celebrated their 40th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion Bill Gates sent a motivating letter to employees. It started with: "Early on, Paul Allen and I set the goal of a computer on every desk and in every home. It was a bold idea and a lot of people thought we were out of our minds to imagine it was possible." 

Beyond proving that goal was just possible, Microsoft's software moved out of our homes and off our desks to power a variety of things such as healthcare...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: C#, Devices, Ecosystem, Industry, Platforms, VR, Windows.

Google Play outpaces iOS' App Store for third year

Android holds the largest smartphone marketshare around the world, and therefore marks an important platform for developers to reach the biggest audience possible. The app store which accompanies Google's mobile OS has seen meteoric growth, but has trailed behind Apple's iOS in submitted apps due to its later launch.

The latest report from appFigures points towards a change of tides...

By Ryan Daws, 13 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, iOS, Platforms.

Opinion: Xbox is Windows 10's built-in Trojan

Xbox is Microsoft's most important brand for consumers, as mentioned by the company's new CEO Satya Nadella himself. The brand may have taken a knock thanks to poor and mishandled business decisions from (former) leadership, but it remains the most relatable name for Microsoft to reach the everyday consumer.

Microsoft will be hosting a 'Consumer Preview' event to show off all the things which the company hopes will make your everyday consumer want to upgrade.

It's for this reason that Microsoft slaps "Xbox" in front...

By Ryan Daws, 22 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Ecosystem, Gaming, Platforms, Windows.

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: 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 the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Platforms, Windows.

Play Store launches in China (without the Play Store)

Today, Google has announced the ability for Chinese developers to launch both their free and paid apps to more than 130 other countries who have access to the Play Store. The only caveat is that, although merchant support has launched, citizens are still unable to access it themselves.

If you develop Android apps in China, and want to start distributing your apps to a global audience through Google Play, visit

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Location, Monetisation.

Phablet users spend the most time in-app

Over the past decade, mobile devices have been getting smaller in every dimension (no #Bendgate jokes here...) Unfortunately, we also want to get more done on the move at the same time. As capabilities have increased, due to faster mobile networks and hardware innovations, the potential to do more is there - but it often requires a bigger screen.

The extra real estate allows for more immersive content, and more detailed information.

Even Apple, who was once adamant against larger screens, has seen the light...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

Six of the most popular mobile development tools

As the app market matures, developers need to begin thinking about porting their apps across multiple platforms to increase their audience size as much as possible. But, developing an app for each different mobile platform is insanely time consuming and requires knowledge of a wide variety of different programming languages. Luckily, cross-platform development tools have emerged to help developers carry some of the burden.

Check out six of the most popular cross-platform tools...

By StartApp, 06 November 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Parse introduces A/B testing for Push notifications

Parse, the Facebook-owned mobile app platform, has added a new feature to their roster today called 'Push Experiments' which allows developers to test different versions of their push campaigns and use analytics to monitor users' engagement with them.

You could send one message today - and the other tomorrow - to see which performs better, but the problem with this approach is...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

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.

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, Design, Ecosystem, Languages, Platforms, Testing.