Singapore makes its COVID-19 contract tracing app free to global developers

Singapore is making its COVID-19 contract tracing app open source to help developers around the world to build localised solutions.

The country is among the worst-hit by the coronavirus due to its proximity to China. Developers in the country undertook a huge effort to build a comprehensive app for contact tracing called TraceTogether and now want to help others.

Launched on March 20th, TraceTogether helps to identify people who’ve had close contact with a COVID-19...

Facebook Messenger partners with devs to provide free official coronavirus responses

Facebook is partnering with its developer community to provide free services to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

The company will help government health organisations and recognised agencies like the UN to connect with Facebook’s developer community to scale their responses to the pandemic.

Facebook says its developer partners are offering their services to such organisations for free during this crisis to help tackle it and save lives.

Among the examples of...

Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new devices feature two displays which Microsoft is betting on as being the future of...

Android 11 will add a new App Compatibility feature to ease testing

Google plans to make testing your apps for compatibility issues much simpler in the next Android release.

The company's annual I/O developer event is an exciting time for techies. Shiny new toys are debuted at I/O for both developers and consumers, but they can also present compatibility problems which can ruin the experience users have with your apps.

Starting with Android 11, Google plans to add an App Compatibility feature which can be found in the developer...

Huawei sets out its post-Google plans with release of HMS Core 4.0

Huawei has unveiled further details about its replacements to Google’s services as it prepares to lose access following US sanctions.

During an event in London, Huawei made its pitch as to why developers should port their apps to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

The first reason is a cash incentive. Huawei announced that it will use a pot of £20 million ($26 million) to help persuade developers to bring their apps to HMS.

Anson Zhang, MD of Huawei UK, said:...

App developers may be forced to disclose any foreign involvement

The US government is considering forcing app developers to disclose any foreign involvement after a string of concerns about how users' data is being collected.

One notable example is video sharing app TikTok. The app is developed by Beijing-based ByteDance and concerns have been raised about how much user data is being sent back to China.

Similar concerns have also been raised about viral hit FaceApp which many people have used to make their face appear old, young, or a...

Google simplifies trawling through Android Open Source Project code

Google is making it easier for developers to sift through the open source code at the foundation of every Android device.

While third-party tools for analysing the Android Open Source Project code have been available for some time, an official method has been lacking.

Google is now rectifying this oversight by breaking down complex projects like Android and Chromium into smaller individual Git repos. For some perspective, Android alone has over 1,500 different...

Mobile game company N3twork secures $40 million in series C funding

N3twork, a mobile game company has announced that it has secured $40 million (£30.9m) in series C funding. According to the company, the funding will be used to expand its first-party games portfolio, media network and live publishing platform.

The funding round was led by Griffin Gaming Partners, KPCB Holdings, Galaxy Digital (via its Galaxy Digital EOS VC Fund), and Korea Investment...

AppsFlyer: ‘Hyper casual’ gaming is boosting in-app advertising

Mobile attribution and marketing analytics firm AppsFlyer has released a new report highlighting the opportunity for in-app advertising driven by the growth of "hyper casual" gaming.

Hyper casual games are defined as offering instant but highly engaging tap-to-play gameplay. Basically, the kind of games you often see people playing one-handed on packed trains around the world.

According to AppsFlyer, these games now have the highest number of installs on average in 50...

Apple launches dedicated mobile app for developers – to eventually replace WWDC app

With the launch of a dedicated Apple Developer mobile app, Apple is introducing a new resource for more than 23 million registered members of its developer community. The app is an expansion of its existing WWDC app for Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which it will supersede.

As reported by TechCrunch, the app will include relevant resources – like technical and design articles,...