Google brings the ‘Experience’ back home (and to your wrist)

One of Google’s biggest assets in Android is also one of their most infuriating challenges - its openness. It’s that which allows manufacturers to skin their devices how they like; making it all the more appealing (and more functional out-the-box.)

Yet all of this also takes power away from El Goog to control the experience - especially in terms of aesthetics. When the average consumer looks at an Android OS; they are generally put-off by its skeletal-look. Unaware it can be customised.

With Android 4.4, or...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Apps Act 2013: What you need to know

Beginning of this year, the California Attorney General issued a report entitled “Privacy on the Go” which provided much-needed recommendations as to how the mobile ecosystem should function, move forward, but do so with privacy in mind.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) issued its own report the next month in February; with a similar; but expanded title: “Mobile Privacy Disclosures; Building Trust Through Transparency.”

Clearly the floodgates...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Security.

How AQuA aims to keep app developers at the top of their game

If you’re developing an app, it’s very easy to forget basic testing tasks. Even if your app has won awards, there are still areas which can be improved on.

That’s where the App Quality Alliance (AQuA), a not-for-profit association run and funded by the likes of AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Oracle, Orange, Samsung and Sony, comes in.

AQuA, with its App Quality Directory, provides the testing criteria so developers don’t fall down on simple errors. And with the Appsters...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Testing.

Getting developers and IT operations working together

Today’s business leaders want more innovation, faster. They know that, in order to beat competitors and continue to thrive, their organisation must excel in bringing new products and services to market at speed and on consistently exceeding customer expectations.

That puts major pressure on those responsible for developing and delivering new and enhanced software functionality for the business to use.

More frequent releases and shorter deadlines are increasingly becoming facts of life, but in the race...

By Alan Hale, 03 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Enterprise, Industry.

Ever wanted to mirror Android apps on a huge touchscreen?

Google’s “Open Project” allows you to sling your Android screen onto a connected touchscreen, simply, and easily.

You may be thinking this somewhat mimics the functionality offered by the (awesome) Chromecast; only instead trying to create an industry standard without another device.

To get started is easy; run the webpage on the computer attached to your screen; scan the QR code on your smartphone; then all your content is ready on the display for your engagement! It’s as easy as...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, HTML5, Industry, Testing.

IncrediBuild on turning your network into a build supercomputer

The complexity of software is increasing; whether it is applications or games; the time it can take to “build” is rapidly on the rise – unless you utilise an innovative solution such as IncrediBuild.

DeveloperTech spoke to Eyal Maor about the solution; what makes it unique, and a bit of insight about the development industry.

I have to say, I was instantly impressed.

There are occasions when you come across technology which you know is groundbreaking, and this is one of...

By Ryan Daws, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Microsoft, Testing.

Advantages of CMS development platforms like WordPress and Joomla

Today's internet has become the target of business owners searching to promote their products and services around the world.

The development of appealing business websites is a cost effective strategy for online marketing and is being adopted by many business professionals today, in order to reach out to maximum audience in the world; more precisely, online users.

Therefore, in order to have a strong, competitive online presence, businesses are striving to develop well-designed and up-to-date websites that provide latest...

By Adira Palmer, 23 September 2013, 3 comments. Categories: HTML5, Industry, Platforms.

With iOS 7 released, where does Android stand?

You may have noticed Apple released iOS 7 today with an all-new design which has split opinion; but little in the way of brand-new user features which differentiate it from rival Android.

So where has this latest release left Google’s OS? Has Android’s cogs been jammed?

The one major user addition to iOS 7 is the Control Centre - something Android has notably had for the past couple of years.

Other user-facing changes include enhancements to Siri, Notification Centre... but the focus is very much...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Will Microsoft’s “Cortana” lead the next-gen of virtual assistants?

Virtual assistant technology has been a work of fantasy for many years; whilst many have tried (and ultimately failed) to deliver a human-like experience, Microsoft’s “Cortana” sounds like it may just have a chance at finally making that dream a reality.

The most widely-known voice responding service (I won’t go as far as to call it an actual assistant) is Siri – which was acquired by Apple and implemented in iDevices since 2011.

Year-on-year its functionality has increased; but responses are scripted based...

By Ryan Daws, 13 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

IoT: 50 billion things and their developer kings

By Guillaume Roques, Head of Developer Relations for EMEA at salesforce.com

The next wave of computing will be fuelled not by computers, or even mobile, but by connected devices your car, your fridge, your home, and even what you wear.

Organisations like GE are already embracing what Jeff Immelt calls the Industrial Internet. But if we look beyond devices, beyond the incredible web of possibilities that an Internet of Things promises we find developers.

Developers of this next...

By Salesforce.com, 11 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, IoT, Platforms.