Opinion: Why I’m sticking to Android despite newly-level playing field…

I’ve never been considered an Apple “fanboy” but I was a big iPhone fan up until last year when I converted. I was never caught up in the hype of the original iPhone, sure it had multi-touch, but it didn’t have the applications I even had on my Symbian-based N95 despite many wrongly thinking Apple created apps on the smartphone. Indisputably however, it brought a new level of hardware design and showed us a future of what a smartphone should be with its innovative multi-touch. When the...

By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, iOS, Platforms.

WWDC 2014: Another predictions article…

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is back and iGeeks everywhere are trying their very best to contain squeals only similar to those generated at a Justin Bieber concert. As usual, we’ve heard rumours of what to expect from a company more under the microscope than ever before…

The last revolutionary product released by Apple was the iPad – which despite being launched in 2010 – still has had no true competitor in terms of sales. Not even the power of Samsung, which...

By Ryan Daws, 02 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Patent digging reveals possible new iOS 8 details

Occasionally I like to dig through a few patents for details on what we can expect from upcoming products by influential companies. Most of the time the biggest innovations are covered up or not made public until the last possible minute – but even the small details can have big impacts.

Apple published several patents this week – although originally filed back in January – which may give us a glimpse at new additions we can expect in iOS 8 ahead of its inevitable reveal at the...

By Ryan Daws, 28 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Game of Homes: Google, Apple, and Microsoft

One of the fiercest battles in technology is about to kick-off – and it’s for our very own homes. Even if only in passing you are sure to have heard of the “Internet of Things” concept where every modern day object – even the most mundane – is expected to be connected and accessible from the Web in some form or another. Connected devices are nothing new, we’ve been doing it for years, but we are yet to find a winning platform where information provided by hardware can...

By Ryan Daws, 27 May 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms.

How to optimize your app’s layout on iOS 7

Whilst there is not necessarily a right way and a wrong way to design your app’s layout, there are some tricks you can use to make sure that the user experience is as optimal as possible.

Ample Space for Controls

We all know that smartphone screens are small, and iPhones are consistently on the lower end of the screen-size spectrum.

To optimize your app’s layout for iOS 7, try to make sure that your main, controllable elements are at least 44×44...

By StartApp, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, iOS.

iOS Significant Location Change (SLC) in iOS 7.0 and 7.1

Since the introduction of iOS 4.0, in which multitasking was first introduced to the platform, Apple included a feature known as Significant Location Change (SLC) that would allow the OS to 'wake-up' a suspended or killed app to notify it that the device has physically move a 'significant distance'. When woken up, the app would be allowed to run for a minimal amount of time in the background to perform whatever location-oriented task it has to do, and then the OS would suspend the app again. Though straightforward in concept, the actual implementation of SLC was a bit of dark...

By Matt Vlasach, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Location.

Project Cider quenches your iOS app thirst on Android

For a long time iOS apps’ quality and quantity far surpassed what was offered on Android due to it being a more mature platform. Arguably, on smartphone at least, the two operating systems have reached some amount of parity.

However, there are still apps which are iOS-only, and few apps on Android tablets are yet to reach the quality of those found on iPad. Six PhD students at Columbia University‘s Department of Computer Science may have solved this problem with their work on Project Cider, an OS...

By Ryan Daws, 15 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Industry, iOS, Platforms.

Report: iOS 8 to get Windows 8-like multitasking and HD audio playback

Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) is just around the corner and the rumours and reports are starting to heat up about what we can expect. It’s only natural to assume we’ll get our first look at iOS 8 – but now we’re getting a clearer look at what will ship in the latest mobile OS thanks to Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac.

Multitasking on iOS has been oft criticised and poked at by...

By Ryan Daws, 13 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms.

Indie developers face challenges on the App Store

Since the beginning of the mobile app economy, the App Store has always been driven to new heights when small, independent game companies released a surprise hit. Just look at Supercell, Rovio, Zeptolab, and King! All those companies were tiny (or even non-existent!) when the App Store launched in 2008, and now each company is pulling in millions of dollars in revenue.

Today, independent app developers are facing a

By StartApp, 08 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, iOS.