A “Port to Android” pull request that has been recently merged into the official Swift repository master branch makes it possible to create simple programs for Android. The pull request added an Android target for Swift stdlib and allows developers to use a Linux environment to cross-compile for Android on the ARMv7 processor.
JetBrains has released IntelliJ IDEA 2016.1, the latest version of their most popular IDE. The new version seems to have the polyglot developer in mind, with multiple enhancements over a variety of languages and technologies; however, the most noticeable changes are aimed at Java, particularly at helping developers take full advantage of Java 8.
Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.
Kony Visualizer 7.0, Kony’s code-less mobile app design and development tool, introduces support for wearable and IoT apps and adds a Starter version that is free to download and use.
Android N introduces a hybrid runtime using compilation + interpretation + JIT to obtain the best compromise between installation time, memory footprint, battery consumption and performance.
In order to fulfill its vision of connecting the Earth, Facebook has designed its Facebook Lite app for Android to make it optimized for use in emerging markets, Facebook engineer Gautam Roy explained.
Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.
LambdaNative is an open-source Scheme-based cross-platform development framework that supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, OS X, Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, NetBSD and OpenWrt. InfoQ has spoken with Chris Petersen, Ph.D., leader of the development team behind behind LambdaNative.
After hitting the canary channel a few months ago, Android Studio enters now beta, writes Android product manager Jamal Eason. Android Studio 2.0 beta improves the recently introduced Instant Run feature, app indexing and sports a brand new emulator.
The beta of version 2 of the Ionic Framework has been released. Its architecture advances to Angular 2, brings a new navigation stack, and fully supports material design.
After announcing the first stable release of JRebel for Android, InfoQ reached out to Jevgeni Kabanov, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, and Sten Suitsev, Product Manager of JRebel for Android, to find out more about what lead to the creation of this product and what might be coming next in their pipeline.
Mobile cross-platform SDK V-Play Apps has recently introduced support for Android Material Design, improved the creation of map-based apps, and added new styling features.
J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.
Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.