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Android Studio 2.0 Introduces Hot Code Swapping

by Abel Avram on  Nov 24, 2015

Android Studio 2.0 has hit the canary channel, and the focus of the improvements in this release is to make the development as streamlined as possible, including hot code swapping, faster builds, faster emulator, GPU Profiler and Debugger, and running multiple types of tests in the same time.

Nexmo Verify SDK Touts Easy Phone Number-based Authentication

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 17, 2015

Nexmo has announced the availability of its Verify SDK for iOS, Android, and JavaScript, which makes it possible to securely register and authenticate users based on their mobile phone numbers, Nexmo says.

Xamarin 4: Insights Is GA Now, Test Recorder and Forms 2

by Abel Avram on  Nov 17, 2015

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.

Microsoft CodePush Aims to Enable Instant Updates for Cordova and React Native Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2015

Cordova and React Native developers will be able to deploy mobile apps updates directly to their iOS and Android devices thanks to CodePush, Microsoft say. CodePush includes a cloud service and an SDK to make it possible to update JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and image resources so apps can retrieve their latest versions. Compiled code, though, cannot be updated on the fly.

Dropbox API v2 Launched for Swift, Python, .NET, and Java

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 10, 2015

Dropbox has announced its API v2, which supports four SDKs: Swift, Python, .NET, and Java, is generally available to developers. According to Dropbox, Dropbox API v2 is “simpler, more consistent, and more comprehensive”. Currently, API v2 does not support JavaScript and Objective-C.

V-Play Enables Qt-based Cross-platform Native Mobile App Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 04, 2015 2

V-Play is a desktop and mobile cross-platform development solution based on Qt. V-Play aims to make it easier for developers to create apps by using JavaScript and QML, Qt 5's declarative language. V-Play supports iOS, Android, WindowsPhone, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms. InfoQ has spoken to Christian Feldbacher, CEO & Co-Founder of V-Play.

RoboVM Is No Longer Open Source

by Abel Avram on  Oct 29, 2015

Following RoboVM’s acquisition by Xamarin, the company has raised the price of their offering and has closed the source code.

Atomic: A UI Designer for Android, iOS and the Web

by Abel Avram on  Oct 28, 2015 2

Atomic is a user interface designer that runs in the browser. Without writing any code, application designers can use it to show how the interface of an application should look like and behave when certain commands are executed.

Twitter Announces Fastlane as Part of Fabric for Mobile Continuous Deployment

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 26, 2015

At Flight 2015, its developer conference, Twitter announced that fastlane, has been included into Fabric, Twitter’s mobile development platform. As part of this announcement, Twitter is also making Fastlane, originally developed by Felix Krause for iOS, available for Android.

Cambridge Study Analyzes State of Android Security

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 22, 2015

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have carried through an extensive research to assess security across Android devices, Android versions, and years. Their findings show 87% of Android devices to be vulnerable on average over the last four years. InfoQ has spoken with Daniel Thomas, lead author of the study.

AWS Mobile Hub Aims to Make it Easier to Use AWS in Android and iOS Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 15, 2015

Among recent Amazon Web Services’ announcements at re:Invent, AWS Mobile Hub aims at making it easier for mobile app developers to use AWS services to build their apps’ backends.

Android Marshmallow Rollout Started

by Sergio De Simone on  Oct 06, 2015

Google has announced they have started to roll out Android 6.0, codenamed Marshmallow, to Nexus devices. It is not yet entirely clear, though, when Marshmallow will become available on other devices.

Android Studio 1.4 Adds Support for Vector Graphics

by Abel Avram on  Oct 01, 2015

Google has released Android Studio 1.4 with support for vector graphics, a theme editor, templates for the Design Support Library, and easier connection to a Firebase account.

Oracle Propose New Mobile OpenJDK Project

by Ben Evans on  Sep 30, 2015 5

Oracle propose a new OSS project within OpenJDK to focus on porting the JDK to popular mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Oracle plans on contributing build system, Hotspot and JDK source changes required to target mobile platforms with a version of Java SE.

Bazel Enters Beta, Supports Groovy, Rust and Scala

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2015

Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.

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