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Google Strategies for Automated Android UI Testing

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2015

Convinced that “whatever can be unit tested should be unit tested”, Mona El Mahdy, a Software Engineer in Test at Google, has written a blog post proposing several approaches to perform unit tests on the user interface of Android applications. Mahdy recommends Robolectric and the Android Studio Gradle plug-in for general unit testing, and Espresso or UI Automator for creating and running UI tests.

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 Further Advances Visual UI Programming on iOS

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 30, 2015

Sensible Cocoa STV 4.0 is a framework that allows you to create native data-driven apps for iOS by defining your data model and then visually binding it to your UI in Xcode. Sensible Cocoa claims that “developers save on average about 70% of their development time when they start using STV in their applications.” InfoQ has talked to Sensible Cocoa founder Tarek Sakr about their product.

Facebook Open Sources React Native, Year and Network Class, Fresco and Nuclide

by Abel Avram on  Mar 27, 2015

Following yesterday’s announcement of releasing ComponentKit, a framework for creating native UIs declaratively on iOS, Facebook has released a number of other projects as open source during their annual F8 developer conference: React Native, Year Class, Network Connection Class, Fresco, and Nuclide.

FB ComponentKit: Declaratively Creating Native UIs on iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2015

Facebook has open sourced ComponentKit, a declarative library for creating native views on iOS.

RoboVM 1.0 Touts JVM-based Languages for iOS Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 20, 2015 4

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.

Google Brings Places API Natively to Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2015

So far, Places API has been available as a web service, but now it has been integrated in the recently released Android Play Services 7.0, and a beta program has been started to bring it natively to iOS. On Android, this new API can be used on all OS versions starting with Gingerbread. There are not many details yet on how it will work on iOS.

Android Apps Are Now Reviewed by Tools and Humans

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2015

Google has quietly introduced an app reviewing process that monitors new apps or updates for policy violations. This process uses automatic tools and sometimes human reviewers that add a few hours of delay in the publishing process.

Android Lollipop for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

The preview of Visual Studio 2015 has been updated to include an emulator for Android Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0. Along with the new SDK, Visual Studio also gained “OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input, and advanced camera simulation”.

Apple Open-sources Mobile Framework to Support Medical Research

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 11, 2015

At its Spring Forward keynote, Apple announced a new iOS ResearchKit framework aimed at enabling the use of mobile devices as a network of sensors for medical research. The framework will be open-sourced to developers next month.

Google Proposes StrongMode and SoundScript, Boosting V8 Performance

by David Iffland on  Mar 11, 2015

Google's Chrome team has proposed two extensions to JavaScript in a move to boost the performance of their V8 JavaScript Engine. StrongMode will limit the JavaScript language to only allow parts with guaranteed performance. SoundScript will add user-facing types to JavaScript, not at compile-time, but at run-time in the browser.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Mobile Survey Q1 2015: Platform Status, Swift Adoption and Revenue

by Abel Avram on  Mar 05, 2015

The recently published survey, State of the Developer Nation Q1 2015, conducted by VisionMobile analyzes the key mobile developer trends including the status of mobile platforms, Swift and revenue.

Google Play Services 7 Rollout has Begun

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2015

Google has announced the release of Google Play Services 7.0, which brings new APIs inside of Google Places, Google Play Games, Google Fit, and improvements to existing features.

Google Releases gRPC, a HTTP/2 RPC Framework for Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2015 2

Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.

How to Make Sure an App Works with Android for Work

by Abel Avram on  Feb 26, 2015

Google has announced Android for Work, a program making it possible for users to take their Android devices and use in an enterprise environment.

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