RAD Studio XE4 released to aid multi-device development

Embarcadero Technologies has unveiled RAD Studio XE4, its solution for native, multi-device app development.

The software will help create apps for PCs, tablets and smartphones; helping ease the process of developing for each individually.

Most developers want to write applications which run directly on the device hardware for speed, reliability, more control, and better security. Many who develop cross-platform choose to use an interpretive layer for ease; saving time writing natively for a whole other...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Firefox OS devices start hitting developers

The first devices offering Firefox’s in-house “open” operating system have started shipping to developers courtesy of Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone. They are available to ship worldwide, so get ready to say ‘hola’ if you’re interested!

DeveloperTech previously reported on Mozilla’s smartphones, as well as the Firefox OS launch at Mobile World Congress in...

By Ryan Daws, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

WISE TIVI heads into the Android Smart TV arena

Manufacturers are jumping on the Android “Smart TV” wagon in flocks.

The latest device, by the moniker of “TIVI” from WISE, is a small portable device which plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port, then offering the entire catalogue of Google’s Play Store including applications and games.

WISE has decided to use Indiegogo as its crowdfunding platform of choice, with the goal of raising $100,000 in funding to complete the project.

Of course to secure yourself a device at...

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Devices, Gaming, Platforms.

Are Android users being left in the lurch by carriers?

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has made a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that major US operators AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are not doing enough to provide particular Android users with adequate security.

The ACLU links consumers using Droid iterations with “known, exploitable security vulnerabilities” as consequently using smartphones which do not receive “regular, prompt security updates”, and as a result the operators are...

By James Bourne, 17 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Hacking, Platforms, Security.

Support apps for startups suck...until now

In the past 5 years or so we’ve really seen an explosion of online support apps. These companies have become some of the most lucrative business of late; basically the Zen desk clone wars.

For me it’s been very interesting to watch these companies as they design their applications. In my career I’ve always worked in organizations where we built our own support applications. I have also needed a good support app for my startups. So this is a topic I researched often and did so with great...

By Jeff Williams, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Design, Development Tools, Platforms.

A comprehensive history of Android versions [infographic]

Cupcakes, froyo, ice cream sandwiches and jelly beans are all delicious! They’re also all Android operating system versions. Over the years Android has released 39 public updates to their OS. What did each update add to the platform? When did your favourite feature hit the market? Learn all about the history of the Android versions in this infographic put together by Kinvey.

By Mike Brown, 15 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

How mobile is changing software testing

Jennifer Lent is the site editor for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality.com. She is a treasure trove of mobile application dev and testing news. If you have some time to kill and want to learn more about the rise of mobile and how it’s changing companies and their development approaches (particularly in enterprise) go through her archives.

In the meantime, here’s a look at four major changes mobile has forced upon the...

By Mike Brown, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Salesforce.com updates SDK, enables quicker app development

Enterprise cloud computing giants Salesforce.com has launched Salesforce Platform Mobile Services, a tool to help accelerate mobile app development for customers and partners on the Salesforce cloud platform.

The platform, which runs Salesforce CRM and, according to the company, is home to over three million custom apps and a million developers, is of course the cornerstone of one of tech’s giants.

The majority of cloudy polls put Marc Benioff’s company near the top, most notably being crowned the number one...

By James Bourne, 09 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Languages, Platforms.