Xamarin has announced version 4 of their platform for building cross-platform native mobile apps for iOS and Android in C#. New in this version are the GA of Insights, a Recorder for the Test Cloud and several enhancements to the Platform: Xamarin.Forms 2.0, better support for iOS in VS, support for Android Material Design and more .NET code.
One of the most recent Facebook's apps, Moments, is using C++ to share its business logic across iOS and Android, Facebook's engineers Ashwin Bharambe, Zack Gomez, Will Ruben explain. Here we review Facebook engineers rationale for that choice and its outcomes.
In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.
RoboVM, aimed at bringing JVM-based languages to iOS development, has reached its first stable version, Trillian Mobile announced, bringing new features and new commercial licenses in addition to its OSS core.
Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.
Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.
amarin last week announced version 8.6 of its iOS SDK (Xamarin.iOS), the first non-beta release to include the company's Unified API for iOS and Mac. The Unified API replaces the 32-bit MonoTouch and MonoMac APIs, enabling code re-use across both platforms and adding 64-bit support.
HipByte released RubyMotion 3, which for the first time supports Android and Apple's WatchKit. A new pricing model attempts to better satisfy the developers needs.
Xamarin is encouraging developers to begin adding 64-bit support to their iOS apps. The request comes only two months before Apple’s February deadline for new app submissions to be built against the iOS 8 SDK with support for the 64-bit architecture.
Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.
research2guidance has published a study (PDF) comparing the top 40 cross-platform (CP) tools by asking 2,188 developers from 5 continents to name and rate their satisfaction with the tools they are using.
Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.
Motorola RhoMobile 5.0 comes with a new licensing model, support for the latest iOS and Android versions, a set of new or improved cloud services – Build, Synchronization, Push Notification –, Zebra Printing support, and others.