Apple recently announced app extensions for iOS 8, which allow developers to extend functionality and content beyond the boundaries of a single app. Learn what iOS 8 app extensions are and how they work.
Mozilla has released in the nightly builds an IDE for creating, editing, running and debugging web applications on Firefox OS devices and simulators, planning to extend it to all major browsers on mobile devices.
Google has published a number of guidelines and boilerplate code for cross-platform responsive website design.
Amazon has announced that it has started exploring integration of the Mobile Associates API (MAA) into iOS apps. Amazon encourages developers to present their use cases for them to participate in a private beta program that will guarantee early access to MAA for iOS. Interested developers will be selected by Amazon based on their use case and their willingness to provide feedback.
Cordova/PhoneGap 3.5.0 no longer support iOS 5, 3.6.0+ will not support WP 7, and future updates will come through npm.
Ravello Systems spreads its effort on leveraging the job of development and testing teams by integrating with Google Cloud Platform, adding to Amazon AWS/EC-2, Rackspace and HP Cloud, the cloud solutions already supported in Ravello
Up until now one could write with Xamarin cross-platform native mobile applications that shared 80% of the code on average with the rest of 20% representing UI code that had to be written separately for each platform. The latest release, Xamarin 3.0, introduces Xamarin.Forms, a MVVM library for writing a single UI code in C# being executed natively on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.
Dropbox developers have recently given some talks describing how they support both iOS and Android in their apps without having to recode everything on each platform. Let's review the reasons that led to their approach, the benefits it brings, and some key points learned through the process.
Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.
PhoneGap has released PhoneGap Developer App, a tool for testing apps during development, bypassing the whole SDK and the need for compiling or signing the code. LiveReload with GapReload can do the same thing.
The step-by-step app creation tools provided by backend services such as StackMob enable developers to create mobile apps that they would not otherwise be technically proficient enough to produce. With Stackmob gone, app developers may be searching for a replacement.Here's a look at some of the remaining options for those and other developers looking to find a mobile backend service provider.
Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.
The recently released IDC study, The Evolving State of HTML5 by Al Hilwa, Research Director for Application Development, attempts to evaluate the advances made so far, the current state and takes a look at the future of HTML5 as a unifying web platform.
.NET Native is an attempt from Microsoft to reduce the start up times and memory footprint of Windows Store applications.
On Sunday May 11, 2014 mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) vendor StackMob will cease operations. PayPal dictated its closure after eBay's online payment system acquired the company at the close of 2013.