Google Cardboard goes open-source as VR SDK development halts

Google has open-sourced its Cardboard project as Mountain View winds down its mobile VR ambitions.

Cardboard was an impressive project which showed expensive hardware was not necessary for VR apps, but that it certainly helps.

In a blog post, Google wrote:

“From a giveaway at Google I/O to more than 15 million units worldwide, Cardboard has played an important role in introducing people to VR through experiences like

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Industry, Mobile, Platforms, VR.

Apple removes 18 iOS apps for fraudulent advertising activity

Apple has removed 18 iOS apps after determining they were being used to earn money for cybercriminals by conducting ad fraud.

The apps were found to be secretly clicking adverts to earn the attacker cash. While such conduct is not intrusive and may not even be noticeable by the user, it can slow down the device, use more data, and/or drain the battery faster.

Security researchers at Wandera discovered 17 of the infected apps which spanned a wide range of categories including productivity, utilities, and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Apple, App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Monetisation, Platforms, Security.

Android 11 looks set to finally add wireless ADB for developers

Google appears set to finally add wireless ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to its mobile platform in the next major release, a feature highly-requested by developers.

ADB enables app developers to communicate between their PC and Android device. Once connected, it's used for sideloading APKs, generating logs, managing files, and more. 

Currently, ADB requires a wired connection.

With more PCs omitting USB ports – particularly laptops, in the pursuit of ever-slimmer devices – the ability for...

By Ryan Daws, 30 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Mobile, Platforms.

Project Treble is making a big difference to the speed of Android updates

Google’s Project Treble initiative to speed up Android updates and reduce fragmentation appears to be working.

Manufacturers of Android devices have a tendency to heavily modify the OS in an understandable bid to differentiate their offerings. The downside is that it takes such manufacturers a long time to deliver OS updates.

Aside from not providing access to all the latest and greatest features to users, Android fragmentation means developers have less certainty their apps will work as intended across...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Google is pulling open-source apps which feature donation buttons

Google is cracking down on open-source apps which feature a donation button to help support the developer’s work.

The open-source community has been riled up after WireGuard, a free VPN management app, was pulled unceremoniously from the Play Store for accepting donations.

"They (Google) said it was because we're in violation of their 'Payments Policy,' presumably because we have a link inside the app that opens the user's web browser to

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Industry, Mobile, Platforms.

App revenue is soaring with $21.9bn spent in Q3 alone, up 22.9% YoY

Research from Sensor Tower reveals a range of insights about the app development industry and its rapid growth.

Sensor Tower’s research shows app development is a more lucrative business than ever with almost $22 billion spent in the third quarter alone. The huge spending represents an increase of close to 23 percent over last year’s Q3 2019 spend of $17.9 billion.

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As the chart above shows, the App...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Beijing warns Apple to ‘think about the consequences’ after Hong Kong app controversy

China says Apple needs to “think about the consequences” after reinstating a Hong Kong protest app following a backlash.

Apple has found itself in an unwinnable position amid the Hong Kong protests against the Chinese government.

Earlier this week, Apple received backlash for banning HKMap Live – an app which crowdsources the locations of protests, police, tear gas, ambulances, water cannons, and more – from the App Store.

The developer of HKMap Live criticised Apple for the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Ethics, iOS, Mobile.

Microsoft announces dual-screen Surface devices early to recruit Windows 10X devs

Microsoft has announced hardware due for release next year in a bid to recruit developers for Windows 10X, an OS designed for dual-screen devices.

Both of the new devices, Surface Duo and Surface Neo, have dual-screens and represent what Microsoft believes is the next popular form factor. The former is a futuristic smartphone, while the latter is designed to be a laptop replacement.

By Ryan Daws, 03 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Mobile, Platforms.

Apple doubles use of Swift in iOS 13 as it shifts away from Objective-C

An analysis shows that Apple’s own use of Swift has doubled in iOS 13 as it further distances itself from Objective-C.

First introduced by Apple in 2014, Swift is now the main programming language for development across Cupertino’s platforms. Adoption of Swift by third-party developers is high, but much of Apple’s operating system still uses Objective-C.

Of course, much of Apple’s reason to continue using Objective-C code within its operating systems is that it’s legacy code...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Industry, iOS, Languages, Mobile, Platforms.

Huawei is offering up $1.5 billion to woo software developers 

Huawei is putting over a billion dollars on the line in a bid to lure software developers into supporting its platforms amid uncertainties.

The beleaguered Chinese tech giant announced on Wednesday that it will invest $1.5 billion in its developer program over the next five years.

Huawei’s developer program was first announced in 2015. The company says that it has supported more than 1.3 million developers and 14,000 independent software vendors around the world through its program.

Much of the newly-pledged cash...

By Ryan Daws, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Platforms.