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, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Ubuntu now supports React Native – speeding up iOS and Android ports

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Ubuntu, one of the biggest names in Linux distributions, has announced support for the React Native framework. With application development using web technologies becoming ever more popular, today's announcement will be welcome news for many developers. 

"The web apps team at Canonical is always focused on ensuring the right frameworks are available to developers. The Cordova framework is one such framework that is...

By Ryan Daws, 10 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Platforms.

Amazon launches developer tools for Alexa gaming

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Amazon wants to improve Alexa's gaming prowess by introducing a new set of tools which makes it easier for developers to build related experiences. 

The impressive voice assistant has gone from strength-to-strength and is often seen as the leading AI for the smart home thanks to integrations with third party devices – the result of a burgeoning developer scene for Amazon's bestselling Echo device which features Alexa for interactions. 

Whilst most voice...

By Ryan Daws, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Development Tools, Gaming.

Windows App Studio updated with API gallery

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Microsoft is making it easier for anyone to build increasingly capable applications for their latest OS with the addition of an easy to use "API Gallery" for Microsoft's free online app builder – Windows App Studio

Just in time for the consumer launch of the Windows 10 "Anniversary" update, the new feature will make it...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Windows.

Opinion: Will the ‘Brexit Effect’ improve IT education in the UK?

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We only went and did it. Unless you’ve been living with an uncontacted tribe deep in the Amazon rainforest for the past month or so, you’ll know that on 23rd June 2016, the British electorate made the historic decision to leave the European Union.

The conservative party leadership has since changed hands – not to Boris though, thankfully – and the ridiculous claims,...

By Mark Hurren, 28 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry.

Twilio launches Sync API for real-time cross-platform info

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Twilio, a leading communications platform, has launched a new API called 'Sync' which aims to make it easier for developers to build cross-platform apps which display real-time information. 

Sync will enable state synchronisation regardless of platform and intends to offload many of the issues which can plague the development process of...

By Ryan Daws, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Updates to your Android apps will now be up to 50 percent smaller

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Google has made a welcome change to its Play Store app delivery system which should help to speed up updates and reduce data consumption by making them smaller. 

An updated algorithm will reduce the size of updates by as much as 50 percent by downloading only the required changes to APK files and merging them with existing files – presenting a far more efficient system than previously...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google releases final developer preview before launch of Android 7.0

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Google has released the final developer preview, Developer Preview 5, before the public launch of Android 7.0 Nougat. This preview provides near-final system updates for all the supported preview devices and helps developers get their app ready for consumers.

The final Developer Preview of Nougat comes with system images for Nexus and other preview devices; an emulator that facilitates final testing of apps; final N APIs (API level 24) and latest system behaviours and UI; and the...

By Developer Tech, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Opinion: Gaming technology and VR – a growing sphere of influence

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Video gaming has evolved from a teenage pastime to one of the most lucrative industries in the world. It is no longer simply a leisure pastime and many once- hobbyists across the world are now employed to test and play video games for a living. Even before gaming evolved to this stage, it was a world unto itself but only few would have predicted the tour de force that it is today.

From the...

By Eran Kariti, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing, VR.

AT&T launches developer 'Starter Kit' for the IoT

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Mobile networks will play a large part in the Internet of Things and interested developers would be wise to pay attention to developments from telecommunication giants. On that note, AT&T has announced the launch of a dedicated IoT 'Starter Kit' for developers looking to get started with IoT development. 

The kit was announced by AT&T's...

By Ryan Daws, 13 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: API, Development Tools, Devices, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Telstra Ventures invests in Chinese communications API provider Cloopen

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Telstra Ventures has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Beijing-based Cloopen, a provider of Chinese communications application programming interfaces (APIs). Matthew Koertge, managing director of Telstra Ventures, said the rationale for the investment was rooted in the robust growth in the APIs and over-the-top (OTT) application sector in China.

Koertge said: “With the complex nature of the telecommunications infrastructure in China and different local policies...

By Developer Tech, 08 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Platforms.

Samsung opens up smart TV SDK preview guide to developers

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Samsung Electronics has opened its Smart TV Software Development Kit (SDK) Preview UI guide to all developers with a view to extend its customer’s single access experience.

Developers can use the Smart TV SDK for Samsung Smart TV’s Tizen TV OS platform and the Preview UI guide facilitates the single access content experience. Before this, the Smart TV SDK Preview UI was only available to a limited number of applications from a select group of partners.

WonJin Lee,...

By Developer Tech, 07 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Platforms, Samsung.

Sega acquires Endless Space game developer Amplitude Studios

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Sega has acquired PC and Xbox One game development house Amplitude Studios, the company behind the 4x space strategy game Endless Space.

Amplitude was formed in 2011 by former Ubisoft employees who published their first game – Endless Space – in 2012. Since its launch, the game has sold over 1 million copies, spurring a number of post-launch DLC packs.

In a post on the community site Games2Gether.com, Amplitude said, “What we want to do is to focus on...

By Developer Tech, 06 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.