Android developers can soon A/B test Play Store pages

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Last week, Apple released their new App Store analytics tool (albeit in limited beta) which allows developers to take a deep-dive into useful insights such as how many times your App Store page has been opened. New information suggests Google has a trick up its sleeve on how to help developers perform better in their Play Store...

It would remedy a longtime pain point for developers

Due to be announced at...

By Ryan Daws, 06 May 2015, 2 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Apple begins analytics roll-out for App Store

Back at WWDC, Apple promised a new analytics app which can monitor your apps performance in the App Store to help provide deeper insights about what is working and what could do with taking a second-look at what elements can be improved for better success. 

Some developers have received emails alerting them to the launch of the 'App Analytics Beta' app which fulfils Apple's promise. It shows how many (potential) customers have opened an app's listing in the store, check in-app purchase sales, create...

By Ryan Daws, 01 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Apple, App Stores, Development Tools, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation, Testing.

Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch

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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.

We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders

Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some...

By Ryan Daws, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Applause updates its analytics tool with new features

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Award-winning mobile analytics tool, Applause, has been updated with a range of new features and enhancements including the addition of global benchmarking. Along with the improvements to the tool's abilities, a fresh new interface has also been debuted with this release. 

The company uses 175,000 real-world users in 200 different countries for its comprehensive form of...

By Ryan Daws, 08 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS, Testing.

Google brings Android apps to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS

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The ARC project was previously restricted to a small group of select developers who collaborated with Google on allowing Android apps to run on the company's Chrome OS. As of now, Google has launched a new Chrome app packager dubbed 'ARC Welder' which allows Android apps to be run even on rival platforms to increase their reach. 

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Things to consider when developing for various form factors

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With the fast-paced developments in online and information technologies, software has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives. We carry around a world of information in our pocket, which we can access instantly. For many people, not a day goes by without interacting with a UI to get something done. Whether it’s the consumption or communication of information, we want that software to run smoothly...

By Philipp Benkler, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Mobile, Tablet, Testing.

Opinion: Microsoft kick-starts our peer-to-peer future

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Microsoft is about to make a huge change in Windows 10 which will catapult P2P usage due to implementing the technology into their app and OS update deployment system. This will act similar to a BitTorrent client, where bits and pieces of software are distributed from all the computers on the network until the full installation is available. 

There are clear advantages to utilising peer-to-peer...

By Ryan Daws, 16 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Smart Cities: Developing for your city

Our sister publication, TelecomsTech, posted an article yesterday entitled "Building an open, programmable city" which examines how a city is providing developers and researchers with up to 100 Gbps slices of an SDN network.

The article spoke in-depth about the network itself, so we thought we would cover the angle of what possibilities are opened-up by a smart city for developers in...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry, IoT, Platforms, Testing.

Research: Smartphone apps are just as accurate as wearables

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Despite their popularity, wearables will not be able to replace smartphones anytime soon. A study by the researchers of the University of Penn Medicine revealed that the applications on smartphones are as accurate as the health tracking features of wearable devices.

The research was undertaken with 14 participants who tested 10 of the best-selling...

By Jenni Birch, 11 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Platforms, Testing, Wearables.

Developers face more problems with iOS 8 than Android 'Lollipop'

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According to the latest figures from Crittercism, developers are facing more stability issues on Apple's iOS 8 than Google's latest flavour. Crittercism is an application performance management firm which has used data from the crash reports of around 20,000 apps to come to this conclusion.

On iOS 8, the statistics reveal that apps crash on an average of 2.2 percent. This number is reduced on Android...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Testing.

Apple gifts developers with bigger iOS app sizes and 'TestFlight' abilities

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The capabilities of iOS apps are increasing, and therefore app sizes are heading skyward with it. In the last round of iDevice updates there was a lot of anguish at the decision to still offer the 16GB version of the iPhone 6, which just isn't enough for most users despite our increasing move to cloud-based storage and streaming for things like music, videos, and documents.

Since 2008, iOS app sizes...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Testing.

Swift 1.2 offers significant performance improvements

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Apple updated their new programming language, Swift, earlier this week and it promises to "produce binaries that run considerably faster, and new optimizations which deliver even better Release build performance."

Those are bold claims, but ones which we hope are true considering earlier versions of Swift have been anything but quick. As a language still finding its feet, performance issues can be forgiven...

By Ryan Daws, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Languages, Testing.

'Silver' lets you compile Swift for Android and Windows

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Last year, Apple introduced a new programming language called 'Swift' which is getting a fair amount of praise from developers. Now the clever guys and girls over at RemObjects have released a new compiler called 'Silver' which allows Swift programs to be run in the .NET and Java runtimes –making them compatible with Windows and Android.

Swift has been soaring in popularity, and has leapt...

By Ryan Daws, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Apple, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Microsoft, Testing.

Windows 10 is free for 6x more powerful Raspberry Pi 2

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The successor to the world's favourite tiny computer, Raspberry Pi, has defied Moore's Law which predicts the amount of transistors on a processor chip will double every couple of years. In fact, the Pi v2 has six times the processing performance of its predecessor thanks to a new quad-core ARMv7 processor running at 900 MHz.

We've witnessed the "stripped-down computer" become a credit card-sized PC which can stand on its own and deliver some admirable...

By Ryan Daws, 02 February 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Inmarsat's APIs allow developers to tap into satellites

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London-based satellite company, Inmarsat, wants to make it easier for developers to tap into its global network to create more powerful applications. The firm debuted their APIs at its first ever developer conference on Tuesday to help developers understand how apps which make use of satellite communications must be specially-customised.

Global Xpress satellites offer a big jump-up with download speeds of more...

By Ryan Daws, 21 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: API, IoT, Testing.

Responsive Web & Mobile Apps: How to approach your digital roadmap

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The details of a company's digital roadmap can seem daunting; what to do, and when to do it can seem like a never ending list of possibilities, but really all it comes down to is what do the customers need and what does the business need?

Answering these questions within the context of "now, next and later" helps to demystify the roadmap no matter how large the organisation or ambitious the...

By Karl Loudon, 20 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Design, HTML5, Testing.