Will Google I/O offer the best slice of the pie?

It’s only a week away! Google’s annual developer conference I/O will be here to (hopefully) display some of the best advancements from Mountain View over the year to come.

Evangelists will hope to see new updates to Android, Chrome OS, and the whole host of web apps in-between.

 

So what can we expect? Starting with Android it sounds many will be fairly disappointed, latest logs found on web servers are showing a ‘JWR23B’ build (see that...

By Ryan Daws, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Devices, Gaming, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Is Android development getting easier?

The biggest problem with Google’s open-source software, has always been that it’s open-source.

Fantastic for customisability, adding new features, but ends up on hundreds of variations of hardware devices. Different screen sizes, different processors... It’s exhausting enough to write about, let alone develop!

However, considering Android has a 70% worldwide smartphone shipment rate (according to IDC in Q4 2012) it’s important that...

By Ryan Daws, 08 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Development Tools, Industry, Platforms, Testing.

Linux kernel 3.4 gets you Android developing

A new Linux kernel 3.4 has been released, according to a post from Linux fellow Linus Torvalds.

Often a huge barrier for aficionados of both Tux and Android; they now play nicely as Linux kernel brings support for development on Google’s OS along with SSD caching and other Jelly Bean-sweet improvements.

For Android development, the Goldfish VDE has been the choice inclusion allowing developers to start an instance of Google’s software on a kernel...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Codassium offers real-time “brogramming” with WebRTC

Codassium, an online code platform by Wreally Studios, allows for two parties to conduct a coding session using Mozilla’s “Ace” editor alongside live video chat for increased collaboration.

The platform uses the WebRTC standard currently being proposed by W3C who is hoping to use it to provide a web-based suite of tools to share data, audio, and video all in real-time across multiple devices.

Moving beyond collaborative work, this platform could potentially be used to conduct live interviews...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, HTML5, Industry, iOS, Platforms, Social media, Testing.

Is wearable computing the future or a fad?

Google Glass, a rising starlet of the wearable computing show, starts shipping to early adopters (at a whopping $1500!) Now it’s time to ask: are these devices the future? Or are they simply a fad?

The first third party apps have already started rolling out for the innovative eyewear which gives you real-time information, New York Times being among the first to launch. This particular app is fairly simple, delivering articles on an hourly basis directly to your eyes.

Of course, many developers have much...

By Ryan Daws, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Design, Development Tools, Devices, Industry, Platforms, Testing, VR.

Developing and testing for Google Glass

Google Glass is shipping and first generation users can expect to have the newest mobilewear tech in their hands soon. But what good is a new device if it doesn’t have many apps? As it turns out, you won’t have to wait long  for Google Glass apps – er, “Glassware.”

While things will likely start slowly at first (TechCrunch is reporting that only developers with a physical...

By Mike Brown, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Testing.

How to plan smartly when developing a mobile app

How to Plan Smart When Developing An AppHave you ever heard someone say, “I think I’ll just develop this app real quick”?

Didn’t think so. Developing an app isn’t something you can just crank out. Theoretically you could – but it certainly wouldn’t be a chart-topping application. Developing a successful app takes careful planning and analysis. David Tucker, in

By Mike Brown, 24 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Design, Development Tools, iOS, Testing.

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.

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.

The most needed gap to be filled in app freelancing

Anyone who has built an app knows there is a massive gap in the market when it comes to server management. Especially for those Appreneurs is looking to host their app on a budget. Fully managed servers are expensive and often required. Many apps will need several custom services to be installed and setup.

Shared hosting just does not cut the mustard. You’re going to need a VPS or dedicated server. We actually use Rackspace open cloud ourselves. Once you sign up for these services, you find that you’re...

By Jeff Williams, 08 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Testing.

Beta testing mobile apps - how to get it right

As a mobile developer, whenever I visit an app store and look at thousands of apps with a single star review, I get chilled to the core. A fear grips me and I wonder if the same fate awaits my upcoming apps. Most of the apps that do not do so well on the app store are either poorly conceptualised or badly implemented. If you are unsure about the importance and significance of mobile apps testing, you must read Rosie Sherry’s ideas on how...

By Alicia Carter, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: App Stores, Development Tools, Testing.

Android continues to be the world’s biggest magnet for malware

Mobile malware. It’s scary, hard to protect against and is growing rapidly – especially on the Android OS. Due to its open-nature and popularity, the Android OS continues to be the biggest magnet for mobile malware and security attacks.

As covered by Ingrid Lunden of TechCrunch, a recent report from F-Secure says that Android accounts for 79% of all malware in 2012:

By Mike Brown, 20 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Security, Testing.