Telerik has released RadImageEditor Q2 2013 with support for Windows Phone 7 based on the developer feedback in adddition to text editing functionality.
PhoneGap 2.5 has been released with support for application cache and InAppBrowser geolocation including several updates and bug fixes.
Microsoft has released Windows Phone SDK Update for 7.8 with two new emulator images for 256 MB and 512 MB Windows Phone devices.
In the //Build/, Mike Downey demonstrated the key technologies that are employed by developers to create advanced media rich applications using Windows 8.
To date Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is still a distant fourth in the battle for the hearts and minds of Mobile OS users. Google App Director, Clay Bavor stated that they ‘have no plans to build out Windows apps.’
Microsoft has created a new set of tools for incorporating instantaneous language translating capabilities into mobile apps.With the new Translator Hub developers gain a supple Application Programming Interface (API) for customizing Windows Phone and other operating systems to translate up to 39 languages in their unique apps. The service is on sale now to developers or it can be sampled for free.
An updated version of the Async Targeting Pack now provides asynchronous features to Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7.5. It also provides Portable Class Libraries targeting any of the supported platforms, including Silverlight 5 and .NET Framework 4.0.
Syncfusion's Orubase is a framework for the development of mobile applications for Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms. You can create apps using ASP.NET MVC and by making use of the Orubase framework.
Founded in 2012 Israeli start-up Codename One is producing a new Java SDK that allows Java developers to write native applications that support a number of mobile device platforms including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone from a single code-base.
InfoQ's research initiative continues with a 4th question: "What are the Most Important and Mature Cross Platform Mobile Tools?". This is a new service we hope will provide you with up-to-date & bias-free community-based insight into trends & behaviors that affect enterprise software development. Unlike traditional vendor/analyst-based research, our research is based on answers provided by YOU.
A new survey from VisionMobile shows how developers perceive mobile platforms and what are the costs to develop mobile apps and associated revenues.
The DependencyProperty and DependencyObject which form the building blocks for most XAML features come with a performance cost. An MSDN article “Optimizing C# for XAML Platforms” discusses this in detail along with ways to minimize its impact.
An ongoing problem with specialized platforms is the lack of support for unit testing. Developers are forced to compromise the quality of their tests or their build process in order to get anything working. Recently MonoTouch has made progress in this area, but Windows Phone and Mono for Android still lag behind.
Leaked information suggests that Microsoft is working on unifying the Windows ecosystem, while Windows Phone 8 will be based on WinRT rather than Windows CE.
PhoneGap now supports all native functionality on Windows Phone 7 being on par with iOS and Android.