Interview: Sinch's new SMS API challenges Twilio

VoIP giant Rebtel spun-off a company called 'Sinch' back in May along with $12 million in funding from Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. The company has gained significant momentum, with sign-ups increasing 25% month-by-month and over four billion minutes of calls connected using its simple communications platform.

Sinch has been on the cutting-edge with powerful innovations such as WebRTC, but has been missing support for that legacy...

By Ryan Daws, 17 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, iOS, Mobile, Platforms.

Microsoft helps IoT devices to AllJoyn together

When we announced that AllJoyn support had been found hidden in Windows 10 build 9860, a lot of readers were excited about its potential. AllJoyn is an industry standard for the Internet of Things – created by the AllSeen Alliance – who is formed by industry giants including Microsoft, LG, HTC, Sony, Electrolux, Panasonic, Sharp, D-Link, and over 80...

By Ryan Daws, 15 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, IoT, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google releases Android 'Lollipop' code samples

Android 5.0, or 'Lollipop' if you prefer, is Google's biggest update yet. The latest version of the world's most-popular mobile OS ships with a whole host of new features and a radical redesign from Matías Duarte which Google wants to be adopted across the web, mobile, and desktop.  

Yesterday, the Mountain View-based giant released 20 new code samples which aim to show developers how the new additions can be implemented in their own apps... 

The samples can be...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Gaming, Testing.

Designer vs Developer: Friction is ruining your UX

A study sponsored by enterprise mobility company Kony has highlighted the biggest pain points in the app development process. It reveals the friction between designers and developers often leads to a less-than-optimal UX, and has been found to be why 50% of respondents report their projects were failed to be approved.

Designers say that working with developers is a pain as it seems their guidance is often ignored

The survey takes into account more than 340 respondents across leading global...

By Ryan Daws, 11 December 2014, 3 comments. Categories: Design, Enterprise, Industry, Testing.

Opinion: What the iPad and iPhone 6 Plus needs

The iPhone 6 Plus has a lot of unrealised potential, and it's down to an uninspired interface that it's not meeting it. Sure, apps can show an extra pane of information, but they can't be opened side-by-side or "floated" like the Galaxy Note 4. Sure, you can copy and paste from apps, but you can't grab specific parts of the screen and pull information from it like the Note 4. These are all features not everyone needs, but it shows that Samsung's device is at least taking advantage of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, iOS, Platforms.

Obama, the first president programmer

Barack Obama set himself in the history books as soon as he was appointed, but now the iconic US president has brought about a day many programmers questioned they would ever see and become the first president to write a computer program...

As part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, Obama wrote a simple program which drew a square on-screen. Sure, that square is not creating the next Minecraft, but it's a start which proves anyone can begin to...

By Ryan Daws, 09 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Careers, Industry.

Opinion: The State of Windows Phone

Jackdaw Research released a damning report yesterday about Windows Phone and why it is "failing to catch on" with consumers and in the enterprise. It is a scathing study which makes it seem like the platform is doomed to failure, which I don't believe is necessarily the case...

Microsoft is taking a feedback-first approach and allowing users to test and shape Windows 10 before it hits the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Ecosystem, Microsoft, Platforms.

Google helps offline developers with new kit

Around 60% of the world is unable to access the internet and make use of its vast resources. Of the 40% that do, not all will benefit from the relative speed and reliability with which you are likely reading this article. As many things in our lives, it's something we can often take for granted and forget about those less fortunate.

The content amounts to over 30GB worth which is easy to see why this could be an issue in internet-starved countries.

The whole concept of the web is to connect machines...

By Ryan Daws, 04 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Bluetooth 4.2 wants to be "the foundation for the IoT"

As I write this article, there is one technology which is providing a constant link between my smartphone and my smartwatch. Bluetooth's Special Interest Group (SIG) has advanced the standard and its capabilities far-beyond what anyone could have imagined at its conception, but it's not finished yet...

As we move into the age where we're criticised for not connecting a device to the internet, the amount of devices connected to one another will grow exponentially. At the same time, we're just as...

By Ryan Daws, 03 December 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, IoT, Security.

Apple shoves its own Push notification rule

In Apple's App Store rules, it quite clearly states "Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind". If you've spent any time on iOS (or any major smartphone platform for that matter) you know that rule is broken all-too-often to the frustration of many customers.

Apple needs to enforce the rule somehow and at least set a good standard for developers to follow everywhere.

It's an effective tactic, however, with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, iOS, Marketing, Monetisation.

Google's new "Jack and Jill" Android compilers

With a brand-new Android release, it's only natural we'll see some updates to the development tools as well. As found by Saikoa, the latest Android SDK contains two new build tools called 'Jack' and 'Jill' after the nursery rhyme characters. The twosome aim to replace the less-catchy existing 'javac' and 'dex' compilers...

Google's decision for creating two new compilers could be due to the ongoing dispute with Oracle over the use of...

By Ryan Daws, 01 December 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Windows Phone 8.1 cracks 50% marketshare

The good news is that the latest and greatest version of Microsoft's mobile OS has reached 50% of the Windows Phone market, according to AdDuplex. The bad news is that Windows Phone still accounts for less than 10% of the entire smartphone market in most countries...

Android still dominates in terms of overall marketshare, but where Google's OS fails is in getting their latest OS onto even the latest flagship handsets from the myriad of OEMs who...

By Ryan Daws, 28 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Microsoft, Platforms.

Unity 4.6 brings long-fabled UI creator

Around a year and a half ago, popular game development tool Unity promised to change how user interfaces are created. With the release of 4.6, developers can now ease the painful task of creating UI with a powerful built-in solution which removes the need to use workarounds to achieve what you need.

Unity’s animation system provides support for aspects like bouncing buttons and things which fly into view.

Unity is a WYSIWYG-style creation engine which – up to most solutions – is simple in...

By Ryan Daws, 27 November 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

Opinion: “True” cloud gaming will be in 2016

A report from Strategy Analytics, a Boston-based market researcher, says that the audience for cloud-gaming services such as 'PlayStation Now' from Sony and 'Grid' from Nvidia could grow from nearly 30 million users by the end of 2014, to nearly 150 million by the end of 2015. The cloud will have a huge impact on gaming - as we’ve begun to see in some of 2014’s biggest titles - but it’s what’s coming beyond 2015 which will show its true power...

Ensuring large textures are able to be...

By Ryan Daws, 24 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Development Tools, Gaming.

Play Store launches in China (without the Play Store)

Today, Google has announced the ability for Chinese developers to launch both their free and paid apps to more than 130 other countries who have access to the Play Store. The only caveat is that, although merchant support has launched, citizens are still unable to access it themselves.

If you develop Android apps in China, and want to start distributing your apps to a global audience through Google Play, visit

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Ecosystem, Industry, Location, Monetisation.

Phablet users spend the most time in-app

Over the past decade, mobile devices have been getting smaller in every dimension (no #Bendgate jokes here...) Unfortunately, we also want to get more done on the move at the same time. As capabilities have increased, due to faster mobile networks and hardware innovations, the potential to do more is there - but it often requires a bigger screen.

The extra real estate allows for more immersive content, and more detailed information.

Even Apple, who was once adamant against larger screens, has seen the light...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

Microsoft expands their horizon with Visual Studio and .NET

Visual Studio is one of the most powerful IDEs available, and the 2013 edition alone has seen over seven million downloads in just the last year. It’s a beloved tool in a Windows developer’s arsenal, and now Microsoft is opening it up to support the targeting of any platform with the “Visual Studio Community 2013” edition.

To assist developers with this goal, the .NET core stack is also being made open-source so that it can be run on Linux and...

By Ryan Daws, 13 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Languages, Microsoft, Platforms, Testing.

Parse introduces A/B testing for Push notifications

Parse, the Facebook-owned mobile app platform, has added a new feature to their roster today called 'Push Experiments' which allows developers to test different versions of their push campaigns and use analytics to monitor users' engagement with them.

You could send one message today - and the other tomorrow - to see which performs better, but the problem with this approach is...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Ecosystem, iOS, Testing.

Google's six magic lines of search code

Google has historically been referred to as "the search giant" which is becoming more and more irrelevant as the firm expands into huge standalone products such as Android. Now the web giant wants to bring their search expertise, and the world's most popular OS, closer together.

On the Android Developer Blog, Google has announced the ability to allow Android's on-device search to open and scour your application for data with just six-lines of code in your AndroidManifest.xml file...

The lines you will need to...

By Ryan Daws, 31 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Ecosystem, Languages, Platforms.