Google has open sourced Espresso, an Android automated testing framework that enables one to run tests on x86 machines in the cloud in a multi-threaded environment, solving the concurrency issues associated with UI testing.
After previewing it at JavaOne, Oracle has now officially released NetBeans 7.4. The new release allows developers to work with the JDK 8 previews, adds support for integrating HTML5 into Java EE applications, and provides tools for developing mobile applications with Apache Cordova.
Samsung has decided to slow development on the Tizen platform; an open-source Linux-based mobile operating system born out of an alliance with Intel. According to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, this is very likely tied as much to the immense popularity of Android – which holds nearly 80% of the global smartphone market.
Telerik has released Visual Studio extension for Icenium which enables developers to build iOS and Android cloud based apps from within the IDE. It also includes simulators which can be accessed directly from within Visual Studio.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
The recently released RAD Studio XE5 provides support for Android, iOS and Rest client including the ability to build prototype and native apps in standard C++ or Delphi without any need for multiple projects and schedules.
Trevor Eckhart became a household name when his video demonstrating Carrier IQ software in action and the questions that it engendered went viral. Culminating in the Department of Homeland Security’s recent recommendation to government employees to ensure that their mobile devices are Carrier IQ-free. InfoQ caught up with Mr. Eckhart for an update on this perceived threat to mobile privacy.
Especially branded as malicious in the unclassified document is an application known as Carrier IQ. The DHS specifically advises the various branches of the government to install a mobile app dedicated to removing the perceived security threat posed by any instance of Carrier IQ existing on their device.
The recently conducted survey among 1300 Windows desktop application developers by Embarcadero Technologies measured the taste of developers from across the world. The survey recorded the favourite platform and tools among the respondents.
Fragmentation is said to be one of central handicaps when developing applications for Android. Google seems to have found a way to ease the pain for developers, at least when it comes to fragmentation of installed Android versions.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
In his recent post, ‘Thoughts on Ti.Next’ for the Appcelerator web site, CEO Jeff Haynie talked about the reasons that the popular MBaaS provider is busy revamping Titanium, their signature SDK.
Microsoft in collaboration with Google has recently released an app for Android based phone for users with a valid Office 365 subscription.
Cameron Henneke, founder and developer of GQueues, an online task manager integrated with several Google services, has ported the HTML5 mobile version of his application to iOS and Android, keeping a record of the development effort involved on both platforms and comparing the outcome in a blog post. Following is a digest of Henneke’s findings and excerpts from an interview conducted by InfoQ.