IDC expects Android to grow at ‘twice the pace of iOS’

IDC predicts that Android is set for significant growth in 2024, outpacing Apple's iOS by a considerable margin. Amid shifting market dynamics, Android is expected to expand at "twice the pace" of iOS.

The iPhone has always performed strongly in the US but its growth internationally has contributed to Android's squeezed marketshare in recent years, despite Android maintaining a majority on a global scale. Nonetheless, IDC's latest projections indicate a robust rebound for Android,...

GitHub updates Innovation Graph with latest developer trends

GitHub's Innovation Graph has been updated with data from Q4 2023, offering a comprehensive view of global developer activity over the past four years.

The latest findings highlight the increasing popularity of AI among developers, leading to a rise in project documentation. This trend is attributed to the widespread use of chat-based generative AI tools like GitHub Copilot Chat and ChatGPT.

"While we recognise that it's not a panacea, perhaps generative AI technologies...

AI in game development grows despite concerns

A growing number of game development studios are embracing AI to streamline their processes, according to a new industry report from Unity.

The report finds that 62 percent of studios now utilise AI tools at some stage of development. The top use cases include improving character animations, code writing assistance, art and level generation, narrative design, and automated playtesting:

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68 percent leverage AI specifically to accelerate prototyping. World...

Mobile game ‘mortality rate’ hits 83% within three years

A new whitepaper titled "Good Games Don't Die" reveals that 83 percent of launched mobile games fail within three years.

The study, conducted by revenue growth engine SuperScale, polled 500 developers across the US and UK to uncover issues plaguing the $96.2 billion mobile gaming industry.

The report unveils a catch-22 where 78 percent of developers prefer building new games despite a critical 43 percent failure rate during development alone.

This trend...

AI coding assistants: A double-edged sword for DevOps in 2024

A growing reliance on AI-powered coding assistants is reshaping how DevOps teams operate, for better or worse.

According to Forrester's 2024 cybersecurity, risk, and privacy predictions, AI coding assistants are becoming integral to boosting productivity. However, a cautionary note accompanies this technological shift, as Forrester warns of potential pitfalls that could lead to cybersecurity breaches.

Forrester predicts that the combination of inconsistent compliance and...

Wallarm highlights disturbing trends in API security threats

Wallarm has released its Q3 2023 API ThreatStats report which sheds light on the escalating threats targeting APIs and revealing vulnerabilities that have impacted industry giants such as Netflix, VMware, and SAP.

The report's revamped ‘Top 10 API Security Threats’ compilation outlines 239 vulnerabilities discovered during the quarter, with injections taking the lead.

Injections involve inserting malicious data or code into APIs, leading to unauthorised access and...

Stack Overflow: 79% of developers considering new horizons

A survey conducted by Stack Overflow has revealed that 79 percent of developers are either actively seeking new job opportunities or are open to the idea. The findings mark a significant increase from previous years, indicating a growing trend among developers to explore new career paths and challenges.

The survey, which garnered responses from over 1,000 developers worldwide, also shed light on other intriguing patterns within the industry.

One striking revelation was...

State of Java: Resilience amid licensing changes and security concerns

Azul has unveiled its first annual State of Java Survey & Report, which offers a deep exploration of the Java landscape.

The study – based on responses from over 2,000 Java users worldwide – aims to provide unparalleled insights into Java's current standing, particularly its influence on enterprises of various sizes.

Java's ubiquity and vital role

The report underscores Java's pervasive presence, with a staggering 98 percent of businesses surveyed utilising...

Stack Overflow reveals UK’s top 10 best-paid developer roles

Stack Overflow has unveiled the UK's top 10 best-paid developer positions, shedding light on the lucrative avenues within the industry.

Leading the pack are developers in senior executive roles, enjoying an average salary of £128,200 ($155,173). Notably, these professionals experienced a significant 30 percent increase in their salaries between 2022 and 2023, reflecting the industry's robust growth. 

Following closely are engineering managers, earning an average of...

Sauce Labs exposes some developers’ risky habits

A survey by Sauce Labs of 500 US-based developers has put the spotlight on some concerning practices.

One alarming discovery was the tendency of developers to push code to production without adequate testing. 67 percent of respondents admitted to this practice, jeopardising software quality, user experience, and system stability.

Additionally, 68 percent confessed to merging their own pull requests without review—raising concerns about potential security...