Android Developer Studio 2.0 is 50 times faster – adds GPU profiler and instant run

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Google has released a milestone update to its Android Developer Studio which increases the emulator speed over 50 times, provides 'instant run' support, and implements a new GPU profiler for dealing with OpenGL ES code. 

The update to Google's popular IDE has been released in preview; almost a year after 1.0 was first released. Developers of the suite have said the focus in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

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, “How do I...

By Michael Crump, 23 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Windows.

Covert app communications result in Android battery drain

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Most applications require the use of data to perform their duties, but new research being released from MIT has found that half of communications are being conducted without any benefit whatsoever to the user. 

Aside from the questions it raises about why such communications are being established, it also reduces battery life, exposes users and their devices to privacy risks, and sucks...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Mobile, Testing.

Microsoft strengthens Windows Bridge for iOS

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DeveloperTech reported earlier this week that Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart, but the Windows Bridge for iOS appears to be progressing well and has received some notable improvements over the past few months. 

The project, also known as Islandwood, aims to offer a simple...

By Ryan Daws, 19 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Apple, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms, Windows.

Microsoft's bridge to Android is falling apart

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During Microsoft's BUILD developer conference earlier this year, the software giant unveiled a controversial initiative called 'Project Astoria' which planned to run Android software on Windows devices via emulation. That plan seems to have fallen apart. 

Project Astoria was part of four "bridges" announced during BUILD – but the only bridge to attempt emulation as...

By Ryan Daws, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Trailhead uses gamification for Salesforce training – launches from beta today

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Salesforce has launched its gamified 'Trailhead' platform out of beta today, offering newcomers and experienced developers a chance to brush-up their skills and potentially land a new job. We caught up with the company's Vice President of Developer Relations, Guillaume Roques, about the launch and what its plans are moving forward. 

With the financial...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Platforms.

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.

Developers can foresee the future with Google Maps API

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Developers who require the use of future travel information in their apps can put away their crystal ball as Google has opened-up access to Maps' trusted predictive journey times with the debut of a new API. 

Google Maps uses historical traffic data over time and days to predict where and when a build-up could occur, which may affect your journey time, and offer an alternative route...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, 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.

Google launches TensorFlow machine-learning system

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TensorFlow is a new, open-source machine-learning system launched this morning from Google which brings some of the company's smarts into your own applications. The company uses the example of the official Google app, which struggled with voice recognition due to external noise in the past, or the difficulty in finding exact pictures in Google Photos, both applications which have since...

By Ryan Daws, 09 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools.

Oracle's new API deals with Java EE security problems

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Oracle's staff are fully-aware that security in Java EE hasn't been taken as seriously as it should have, but are working to fix these problems in the new Java EE security API (JSR 375) which is a proposal for baking better security into the environment. 

Java's development environment is notorious when it comes to security problems, at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Java, Security.

Why iOS 7 was more than a design refresh – and how it influences the current OS

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The iPhone is the most successful consumer product of all time, with over 700 million units sold since 2007. The iPhone’s big sibling, the iPad also regularly ranks on lists of the top selling consumer products of all time, with over 250 million sold since 2010. So successful is the iPhone, that it has propelled Apple to be the most profitable company, by a long stretch, ever.

As the software that runs on Apple’s mobile products and is the basis for watchOS, CarPlay,...

By Olly Berry, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS.

Microsoft's App Studio lets anyone build Windows 10 software

Despite Windows 10 being an impressive feature-packed operating system, the problem Microsoft continues to have with their latest OS is still the app store. Compared to Apple and Google's thriving ecosystems, you can virtually imagine the tumbleweed drifting past whilst you're searching for your most beloved applications. 

Microsoft has attempted various ways to bolster their app store – including making it simple for iOS and Android developers to port their apps – but now the company is...

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Platforms, Windows.

Opinion: Android with Chrome OS would deliver true "Continuum"

Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Google plans to merge Android with Chrome OS next year, which isn't the first time we've heard such rumblings. The rumours have split opinion, but I'm excited for the potential which merging both operating systems could hold for the future of personal computing. 

The world is now dominated by mobile, and developers want to build...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Platforms.

Software modification will soon be legalised

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New rules have been issued by the Librarian of Congress to provide exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which allows the use of modified software. This will legalise the popular act of "jailbreaking" on Apple devices, and the use of custom firmware on devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs. 


By Ryan Daws, 28 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hacking, Industry, Testing.

Developers, use 'Rewind' to prevent users leaving your app

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When a user encounters an issue, they'll often delete the software and move onto a competing application without reporting the problem they faced. This can leave the developer perplexed as to what happened and without solid data to prevent more in the future. 

A new solution from Testfire, called Rewind,...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Enterprise, iOS, Quality, Testing.

Xamarin becomes the native cross-platform solution for C# and Java developers

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Xamarin has announced its acquisition of RoboVM, a momentous step for both companies which means C# and Java developers need only look to a single development solution for native deployment across each of the major platforms. 

The software has been a beloved tool for C# developers for some...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, C#, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Weeby places game development into the cloud – offers HTML5 to escape App Store

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Based in Google's home city of Mountain View, the Weeby team hope to be as disruptive to mobile game development as Google has been for the web. In fact, both Weeby and Google have something in common – a love for the cloud. 

Weeby is building the first complete mobile game development suite based in the cloud. The current suite consists of a cloud-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) along with seamless integration with...

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, HTML5, iOS, Platforms.

Google debuts new universal app campaigns and performance reports

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The app industry is a huge and growing business which offers a lot of potential, but also a lot of competition. Making the most amazing piece of software won't make a difference to anyone if the app just gets lost in the depths of the vast app stores and never has a chance to gain the userbase it deserves. 

Google has debuted new tools - first announced back in May at Google I/O - for creating powerful new...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, App Stores, Marketing, Mobile, Monetisation.