Chromebooks now run Android apps without porting

Android is everywhere; whether it's your phone, your tablet, your console, or even your fridge. Where it hasn't been, at least without third-party software such as BlueStacks, is your PC. Back in June, Google promised it would be bringing support (finally!) for Android apps on Chromebooks.

On Thursday, the web giant made good on its promise and launched the first set of these apps for Chrome OS. These initial apps included; Duolingo, Evernote, children's reading app Sight...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, Languages, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: Windows-as-a-Service could lift Microsoft's curse

Microsoft is cursed. It's a well-known industry joke that "every other" release of Windows hits the sweet spot. Just think; Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8... Which of these releases were happily-adopted by consumers? Or in the case of Windows 8, adopted at all?

At the end of this month Microsoft is set to release a preview version of the next version of Windows. Some people are calling it Windows 9, others are just calling it Windows. The reason for this is Microsoft is likely to turn their...

By Ryan Daws, 08 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Apple updates developer rules ahead of iOS 8 launch

Cupertino-based technology giant Apple has updated its rules for developers ahead of iOS 8's public launch which is expected next week. An event is scheduled for September 9 where brand-new iPhones on which to tout the vastly improved OS are also expected.

The official App Store Review Guidelines provides developers with guidance on meeting the requirements for iOS 8 applications to prevent Apple's infamous rejections. Below we will include the full...

By Ryan Daws, 03 September 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

PlayFab gains $2.5m to become the BaaS for your games' needs

As if developing a game wasn't hard enough, the pressure to have online components is increasing which means a whole other set of skills to learn and extra valuable time spent to ensure everything is ticking along as it should. If you're backed by a publisher with profits closing-in on $1 billion like EA, then you can probably swing getting someone else to set-up the infrastructure for you. If this isn't the case, then your best bet is to look at a third-party.

Even for large studios, creating multiplayer servers,...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

iOS 8 Beta 6 is out, but it's exclusively for carriers

Apple fans are eagerly-awaiting the release of iOS 8. The update brings a range of improvements that even those of an Android disposition must admit are a huge leap forward over its predecessor, but currently Apple only wants you to test the beta builds if you are a registered developer with your UDID registered for your device.

Thus far this has been a traditional deployment model for Apple. Deploy to developers > test > fix > Gold Master > carrier check > deploy to the public. In what appears...

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

DirectX 12 cuts power consumption in half and boosts FPS by 50%

Microsoft has been touting the improvements which DirectX 12 will bring to the table. Listening to the claims of its creator is one thing, but seeing real-world tests on actual hardware is another. At SIGGRAPH 2014, Intel has demonstrated the performance and power benefits of DirectX 12 on a Surface Pro 3 (which uses the company's HD4400 graphics chip.)

The demonstration renders an asteroid field with 50,000 unique asteroids in it...

By Ryan Daws, 13 August 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Four essential skills for today’s app developers

Gone are the days when app developers could simply publish their app on an app store and expect a decent amount of downloads. In an increasingly crowded market, devs need to put in more work to ensure that their app gets recognition from fickle users. While there is no magic recipe for guaranteed app success, here are 4 skills that today’s app developer should have for a leg up over competition:

1) Cross-Platform Capabilities

As the mobile market grows, so...

By StartApp, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

Get your apps in shape with the Google Fit SDK

2014 is the year where we all take more care of our health. It's not necessarily out of choice, although it should be, but through reminders from the sensors built-in to our mobile devices and their subsequent operating systems alerting us that we should probably put down that donut and take the stairs instead of the lift.

Google announced their 'Fit SDK' at the company's I/O developer conference this year. Over the weekend, it entered preview stage and now provides many APIs for...

By Ryan Daws, 11 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

Google Glass puts eyes on the back of your head (and elsewhere)

I've been highly-critical of Google Glass, and I stand by that in its current form the average consumer is better off with a smartwatch. There are certain applications, however, where Google Glass can be indisputably useful.

Today the developers working on the Glass Development Kit have released a changelog detailing the addition of USB webcam support in the latest version. This new capability boosts the possibilities of the device; particularly for surgeons and drivers of the two-wheeled vehicles.

"XE19.1 - July...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Analysis: What makes Apple's "Handoff" possible?

Apple is maintaining its stance that devices must remain separate, but without universal apps across mobile and desktop, this leads to a less seamless and more jarring experience for the end-user. As a partial solution to this, the company introduced a set of features at WWDC earlier this year for the upcoming iOS 8 and Mac OS Yosemite releases called "Continuity" whereby work can be continued easily from one device to the next.

In its demo at WWDC, the experience was as fluid as it needs to be. "Handoff"...

By Ryan Daws, 21 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Testing.

Forget Google, it's Microsoft that's building Sky.NET!

If you watched the Google I/O keynote this year, then you will have witnessed the gentleman at the back shouting about how the web giant is building robots which will kill us all. With Elon Musk also adding his concerns to such a scenario, any potential for a Terminator-style "Skynet" artificial intelligence which could be dangerous to our very existence is under close-observation.

Today we've got a step closer to such a self-thinking AI, but it's not from Google, it's in-fact from Microsoft. So why...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Microsoft, Testing.

Optimising user experience with in-app analytics

The mobile landscape has reshaped the way people buy, sell, learn, reserve, and watch. Mobile has taken user experience to the next level and inspired consumers to become more engaged with brands. But why is it that mobile app developers are obsessed about app downloads or app revenue. While the number game is important, it is not the only thing one should be tracking. Developers need to be equally curious to learn what kind of audience uses your app and how, when, where your app is used.

In-app analytics is...

By Patrick Roger, 10 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Advertising, Analytics, Monetisation, Testing.

App testing in China’s mobile market

Like any business entering into a new market for the first time, it is of vital importance for mobile app testers to understand the temperament of that market. As Silicon India recently discussed, the China mobile market represents an intriguing landscape with a high ceiling, but it is not without its own set of challenges and nuances.

The People’s Republic of China has a population...

By Mike Brown, 08 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, iOS, Monetisation, Testing.

Feature-centric approach: The new rule for mobile app development

Usual approach of organizations that backfires

A general practice in app development is that organizations deploy a team for each platform. The resultant products are likely to get duplicated as the development process always progress in parallel. Instead of being use case and feature specific, the apps will be delivering the same features and only the platform will differ.

If an app is prepared in a single platform, and it fails, it is going to affect an organization a little bit. But if the same app is...

By Contus Technology at IT's Best, 07 July 2014, 4 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Platforms, Testing.

Visual Studio is preparing to be your complete cross-platform IDE with new Unity support

Microsoft's popular IDE, Visual Studio, is being set-up to be the one-stop-shop for cross-platform development with a new prowess for game development. The new abilities will arrive via Microsoft's purchase of UnityVS developers, SyntaxTree, for an undisclosed price.

On their blog, SyntaxTree wrote: "It's an exciting day at SyntaxTree. We are very proud to announce that, as of today, SyntaxTree - including the team that...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Facebook's user-manipulating A/B testing under investigation

Facebook's testing of emotion-manipulation using their unaware users has caught the attention of a UK regulator. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has launched an investigation into whether Facebook violated data collection laws during their study.

In one of the tests, Facebook removed positive posts from thousands of users and measured whether the amount of negative posts grew as an impact. Can you imagine if a person suffering from depression goes on Facebook to be filled with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Facebook, Testing.

We may get our first taste of Windows 9 this year

Windows 8 hasn't been Microsoft's biggest success. The OS is barely a blip on the chart with only a 6% install base, whilst older versions such as 7 and XP continue to grow despite the overall decline of the PC market. There are those who would argue the OS brought some forward-thinking features; but before the OEMs were ready for them.

Microsoft released the ‘Surface Pro’ which displayed the optimum form factor for the OS, but was considered too "clunky" to be used as a tablet for the...

By Ryan Daws, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Everything developers need to know about Android ‘L’

This week at Google IO, Google announced the latest version of their Android operating system. Dubbed Android ‘L’ (for now), it is one of the biggest overhauls to the Android ecosystem since Gingerbread. This year, Google also deviated from their usual release pattern. Android ‘L’ is actually available for developers to download right now! The goal is for developers to have time to get used to the new changes and optimize their apps before the consumer...

By StartApp, 30 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Platforms, Testing.

Testbirds’ “Bring Your Own Crowd” tests Enterprise apps securely and efficiently

DeveloperTech spoke to Munich-based TestBirds’ Managing Director, Philipp Benkler, about a new important tool in the fight for bug-free and hassle-free applications in large enterprises. The crowdtesting company dubs the concept “Bring Your Own Crowd” which will undoubtedly be shortened to BYOC and become another acronym for us all to remember!

When you have a small number of employees, there’s the option of doing your testing in-house to ensure apps are working...

By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Android, iOS, Platforms, Testing.