LG’s Gray Norton talks the future of Smart TVs

Despite being the biggest display in most people’s homes - and where the majority spend their evenings in front of – the TV has been largely unchanged for a number of years. Many would argue it is the platform ripest for some innovation.

The idea of a “Smart TV” is nothing new, most manufacturers have a few sets with added software features above just displaying broadcast TV. Most of these additions come in the form of support for OTT applications such as Netflix, Hulu, and...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms.

Developers “sneak peek” at Google Glass SDK excites

The initial steps towards Glass development have been slow due to its limited access through the Glass Mirror API – albeit still impressive considering. With the dedicated SDK; aptly known as the GDK (Glass Development Kit) developers will have a whole new set of tools to play with.

Shown at a Hackathon in Google’s San Francisco offices; Timothy Jordan, senior development advocate, unveiled the new SDK to whet the appetites of those following the wearable device.

Previously,...

By Ryan Daws, 20 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Devices, Testing.

Zack Samocha on Coverity Scan, Cloud Computation, and new standards

DeveloperTech (DT) spoke to Zach Samocha (ZS) of the Coverity Scan project about how the tool helps to automatically detect and fix C/C++ or Java defects; helping to improve both security and overall reliability. We also discuss Cloud computation, and supporting new standards.

DT: First of all, can you introduce the Coverity Scan project and how it helps developers?

ZS: What Coverity brings to the game is we really understand the code. We have what we call the “Code Intelligence Platform” which...

By Ryan Daws, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Axway discusses the importance and future of the API economy

This week, DeveloperTech (DT) spoke to Mark O’Neil (MO) from Axway about the importance of the API economy and the rise of its economy to the point it is invaluable to both developers and businesses alike.

An API (Application Programming Interface) helps software components interact with each other; including direct access to hardware and databases – significantly easing development.

DT: Let’s jump in with the first big question; how important has the API economy become?

MO: It...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Google Glass is in sight – Hackathon and SDK announced

Whilst we’ve seen cool apps from Google themselves, and great concepts from third-party developers; we’re yet to see an SDK release to bring these fantastic ideas to the wider-public’s retinas (that’s not patented by Apple yet, right?)

The wait is nearly over; Google has announced a two-day Hackathon in San Francisco for developers who want to test the “Glassware Development Kit”.

Scheduled to happen on November 19th – 20th, this marks a momentous occasion for...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Android, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Unity’s announcement brings cost-free Xbox One development

Are you part of the ID@Xbox program? If so, good news! You’ll have access to renowned middleware Unity at no cost – yep, completely free.

In today’s PR, released on Xbox.com, it clarifies the motivation for the announcement: “One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is that we have access to pretty amazing resources. For independent developers though, tools like Unity on console can cost quite a...

By Ryan Daws, 05 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms, Testing.

What’s new (and tasty) in Android 4.4 KitKat?

Google, ever since their ‘KitKat’ collaboration with Nestlé, has been teasing what was coming in this latest Android update since September – now we know – and the dust has settled around the major features showing some unannounced additions.

First let’s run through some of the more well-known goodies; such as the ability to run on “entry” devices with as low as 512MB of RAM.

There's also full-screen album art and controls for Chromecast, the ability to hide system and...

By Ryan Daws, 04 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms, Testing.

“Program, or be programmed” – Why we need to teach code

As a big supporter of the new curriculum, which is finally introducing programming skills into compulsory education from September 2014, DeveloperTech is all for any scheme which gives kids that same advantage from today; preventing them ending up on the “scrap heap”.

Milverton Wallace (MW), a man who’s been around development for a while, is launching one of these new schemes at “The North Library” in Holloway, London called “Wizzie Wizzie Coding Club”.

DeveloperTech (DT) caught...

By Ryan Daws, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Industry, Languages.

“There’s never been a better time to do a tech startup“ - Sean Kane, F6S co-founder

DeveloperTech spoke to the co-founder of tech start-up social network, F6S, about how they help these important new companies get on their feet and stand-out amongst competition from larger, more-established businesses.

The most enticing aspect of the network – and one which undoubtedly drives its mighty growth – is its price tag; or lack of. Free to join; F6S not only offers promotion to Startups – but Hackathons, Events, Conferences, Accelerators, Jobs, and Angel...

By Ryan Daws, 25 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Marketing, Platforms, Social media.

Apple co-founder Woz gives his take at #AppsWorld

Speaking at AppsWorld in London, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on the shifting mobile industry; wearable tech, connected devices, voice assistants, the Cloud, and the iOS competition from rivals such as Android and Windows Phone.

On talking about who’s “doing the most” for mobile; Woz is still on the iOS-side of the fence for reasons of reliability. Whilst this may not necessarily be a surprising stance from an Apple founder – Steve is a man unafraid to criticise the...

By Ryan Daws, 23 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, App Stores, Devices, Industry, iOS.

Social, Freemium, and Smart TVs in Gaming #AppsWorld

As part of AppsWorld 2013, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a panel consisting of representatives from four mobile gaming companies; Endemol Games, Wooga, Plumbee, and matmi.

The topic was social gaming – an almost expected feature in the modern game.

Whilst none of the panellists could quite decide whether the “freemium” model was good for the industry or not – a subject which carried through most of the discussion – all could agree on how important social integration is; but...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Facebook, Gaming, iOS.

Trip Hawkins speaks about disruptive gaming and education #AppsWorld

Gaming legend and founder of industry powerhouse Electronic Arts, Trip Hawkins, used his keynote at Apps World 2013 to speak about the current industry shifts within the field – alongside some powerful thoughts about how we can improve and revolutionise education.

Kicking off his speech he reiterated the power of social media; a big theme across everything Trip spoke about going forward. A memorable quote came from “in the future, everybody is a gamer.”

Already kids are growing up with...

By Ryan Daws, 22 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry.

Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan on the UK app economy and the Windows 8 ecosystem

DeveloperTech (DT) took the opportunity to speak to Microsoft’s Anand Krishnan (AK), General Manager of the Developer and Platform Group, about new research commissioned by the Redmond-based firm; plus a discussion around the Windows 8 ecosystem (including Xbox One) and the first major update.

The research, released today, looks at how Multichannel platforms, Pace-of-Change, and Skills Gap are Impacting UK Application and Software Development Sector.

One of the main highlights is how 86% of developers...

By Ryan Daws, 21 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Gaming, Industry, Microsoft.

Google Glass looks upon new features (and more privacy concerns)

Thanks to Android Police, an APK teardown of “GlassVoice” reveals a whole host of new features – yet some, if brought to reality, won’t help with the privacy concerns many have about the device.

Let’s get the worrying stuff out the way; after all, I’m a bad-news-before-good kinda guy.

Google hasn’t (yet) included eye-control for Glass, saying “OK Glass, take picture” is less worrisome than someone blinking a couple of times.

Yet, the ‘Gaze’...

By Ryan Daws, 17 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Development Tools, Devices, Platforms, Testing.

Testbirds CEO Phillip Benkler on Android crowd-testing #AppsWorld

DeveloperTech (DT) caught-up with Phillip Benkler (PB), founder and CEO of crowd-testing service company, Testbirds, ahead of his speaking appearance at Apps World Europe.

Based in Munich, Testbirds specialises in crowd-testing apps for mobile devices (Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry OS) as well as web applications (online-stores, websites). Needless to say, if you need testing insight, these are your guys!

DT: What are you planning to speak about at Apps World?

PB:...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, Languages, Testing.

Celltick on turning your Android "START" screen into a platform

Celltick, a leader in home screen marketing, launched a new Android application today which hopes to move beyond the lock-screen efforts of others and turn it into a platform.

Competitors such as “Go Locker”, “Magic Locker”, and even Facebook’s “Home” all take a very different approach; offering shortcuts to your apps. Whilst the new app today by Celltick, START, also allows for this – they try to display information at a...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Platforms.

Google brings the ‘Experience’ back home (and to your wrist)

One of Google’s biggest assets in Android is also one of their most infuriating challenges - its openness. It’s that which allows manufacturers to skin their devices how they like; making it all the more appealing (and more functional out-the-box.)

Yet all of this also takes power away from El Goog to control the experience - especially in terms of aesthetics. When the average consumer looks at an Android OS; they are generally put-off by its skeletal-look. Unaware it can be customised.

With Android 4.4, or...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Industry, Platforms.

Google Play gets “in the game” with new developer features

Google has added a range of new developer tools which will help this year’s launch of the “Play Games” platform reach new heights; with growth expected for both consumers and gaming fanatics.

The upgrades were detailed in a post on the Android Developers Blog on October 8th by Greg Hartrell – with one of the most beneficial updates being the new alerts highlighting coding issues.

In the post, Hartrell wrote: “"Forget to hit the publish button? Do you know if your game is getting...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Gaming, Platforms.

Schools pick Windows 8 tablets over iPads and Androids

It may seem a strange concept for many – especially due to how much Apple brag about their devices usage in teaching – but the reality is, schools are picking Windows 8 tablets over both iPads and Androids.

The reason being isn’t the tablet’s content; where iPad indisputably excels (especially in regards to digital textbooks) - but rather in how easy it is to fit the tablets into current Windows infrastructure.

It’s an area where no-one can match Microsoft; schools, universities,...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, iOS, Microsoft.

Apps Act 2013: What you need to know

Beginning of this year, the California Attorney General issued a report entitled “Privacy on the Go” which provided much-needed recommendations as to how the mobile ecosystem should function, move forward, but do so with privacy in mind.

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) issued its own report the next month in February; with a similar; but expanded title: “Mobile Privacy Disclosures; Building Trust Through Transparency.”

Clearly the floodgates...

By Ryan Daws, 09 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Industry, iOS, Security.