Turn doodles into apps with Microsoft’s Ink to Code

Microsoft’s latest Garage project, Ink to Code, can turn your new app doodles into a working project.

Some of the world’s greatest ideas started as a doodle on a napkin or piece of paper. The Gettysburg Address, the poem that gave way to the U.S. National Anthem, and the premise of the Harry Potter series — all were reportedly started on a simple piece of scrap paper.

Ink to Code wants to ensure an idea for what could become...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Microsoft.

Apple steals development tool startup from Android

Apple has acquired a startup which created app development tools for Android and plans to make it iOS-exclusive in the coming weeks.

The startup, Buddybuild, is based in Canada and will soon be folded into Apple’s Xcode engineering group. Buddybuild provides developers with a more efficient method of testing and tweaking their apps. 

By Ryan Daws, 03 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Google Play will only allow Android 64-bit apps from August 2019

Google has announced it will only permit Android apps with 64-bit support in the Play Store effective as of August 2019, a decision that will force developers to retool their apps in order to stay listed in the store.

In the announcement, Google wrote:

"In the second half of 2018, Play will require that new apps and app updates target a recent Android API level. This will be required for new apps in August 2018, and for updates to existing apps in November 2018. This is to ensure apps...

By Developer, 20 December 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Platforms.

ParseDroid vulnerabilities threatened most Android development tools

A collection of vulnerabilities known as ParseDroid put users of popular Android development tools at risk.

Research from Check Point has discovered several vulnerabilities in downloadable and cloud-based Android development tools which all Java/Android programmers use to build their companies business applications. Even security analysts and reverse-engineers use some of the affected softwares to conduct their work.

By Ryan Daws, 07 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Security.

Android Things Developer Preview 6 rolls out with new features

Android Things Developer Preview 6 has rolled out with a number of new features such as a dedicated IoT launcher, Android 8.1, and a command-line flashing tool.

Among the new features, the IoT launcher is considered to be the most significant as it displays the present state of a device through a new user interface.

The launcher can be used to configure settings and keep a check on new updates with the use of a touchscreen or USB input device. The IoT launcher is visible unless a developer provides their own...

By Developer, 01 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, IoT.

Anti-theft app Cerberus falls foul of Google’s tracking guidelines

An opportune moment to remember that sometimes he who pays the piper does not always call the tune: anti-theft app provider Cerberus says Google has pinged its app as in violation of its developer terms.

Cerberus offers users protection should their Android device get lost or stolen. This can range from support for Android Wear, pictures of the thief surreptitiously sent to email addresses, and coded SMS messages if mobile data is switched off.

The problem, however, relates to the tracking of location data;...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

Google’s new SDK adds spatial audio to your VR apps

Google is making it easier to offer more immersive VR experiences with the launch of a new SDK featuring support for spatial audio.

The SDK is called Resonance Audio and aims to simulate the perception of sound in the real world. This includes simulating direction as well as volume drops as you move away from virtual objects projecting sound.

As hearing represents one of the key senses, audio is one of the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Platforms, VR.

Google copies Remix 3D with Poly service for VR/AR developers

Google aims to speed up how VR and AR development with a new service it’s calling Poly.

Poly is an online library of 3D objects developers are free to use in their own projects. Building everything from scratch is time-consuming and wastes resources which are better used on improving the experience for end users.

“If you’re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps,” wrote Google in a

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, VR.

Android Studio 3.0 brings treats like Kotlin, Java 8, and Instant Apps

Google isn’t waiting for Halloween and has begun handing out the sweet treats early with the stable release of Android Studio 3.

We first heard of Google’s intention to bake Kotlin support into Android Studio back in May during its annual IO developer conference. Fast-forward five months and Google is making good on its promise.

Much like Swift is to iOS, Kotlin is to Android. The...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview released with Neural Networks API

AI is the next frontier in smartphones, and Google plans to lead the charge with a dedicated Neural Networks API in the latest Android developer preview.

The new API was first announced back in May and promises to enable developers to take advantage of a ‘lite’ version of TensorFlow — Google’s open source machine intelligence software library.

“TensorFlow Lite will leverage a...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.