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Google Play Services 7.5 Adds New Capabilities, APIs, and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 02, 2015

At its latest Google I/O Developer Conference, Google announced the rollout of Google Play Services 7.5, which delivers new capabilities such as Smart Lock for Passwords and Instance ID; new APIs for Google Cloud Messaging and Google Cast; and supports accessing Google Maps API on Android Wear devices.

Google Introduces Smart Lock for Passwords

by Abel Avram on  Jun 02, 2015

Google has announced at I/O 2015 the Google Identity Platform, a collection of tools and APIs for managing identities and dealing with authentication and authorization across Android, iOS and web applications.

GCM 3.0 Sends Messages to Android, iOS and Chrome

by Abel Avram on  Jun 01, 2015

With GCM 3.0, Google has attempted to simplify the registration process and to make their cloud notification system work similarly on Android, iOS and Chrome. There is a new topic group and a messaging diagnostic tool.

Android Studio 1.3 Does C/C++ and More Material Design

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2015

Google has announced Android Studio at I/O 2015, some of the most interesting features being: integration with JetBrains CLion, Android Design Support library, services integrations, more annotations and better emulator performance.

Breaking Changes in Android M

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2015

Android M Preview comes with several breaking changes, related to Permissions, Dozing, WiFi, ART, and several others.

Tabris.js: Native Mobile Apps in JavaScript Without Web Views

by Sergio De Simone on  May 26, 2015 2

Tabris.js is an open source mobile framework aimed to build native iOS and Android apps entirely in JavaScript. Among the main benefits of Tabris.js are performance, a fast development cycle, and support for thrid-party plugins including Cordova’s, according to EclipseSource. InfoQ has spoken with EclipseSource’s Holger Staudacher.

Build iOS/Android Libraries in Common Lisp with LispWorks

by Sergio De Simone on  May 17, 2015

LispWorks 7.0 adds new runtime systems for both the Android and iOS platform to allow the creation of UI-less libraries that can be used in native mobile apps.

Xamarin.Studio 5.9 Now Supports C# 6

by Sergio De Simone on  May 15, 2015

The recently released Xamarin.Studio 5.9 adds support for C# 6, improvements to Sketches, new debugger’s visualizers, and more.

Ionic Releases 1.0, Next Version to Support AngularJS 2.0

by Abel Avram on  May 15, 2015

Ionic has released the production ready version 1.0, and has started work on the next version that will be built on AngularJS 2.0. Also, soon a number of mobile services –Push, Deploy, Analytics, Package - will be made public.

IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation 7.0 now Supports Cloudant, REST, oAuth

by Sergio De Simone on  May 13, 2015

Version 7 of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation introduces many new features and enhancements to “enable enterprises to accelerate the delivery of their mobile strategy” by making development more efficient, supporting continuous delivery, and improving user experience, says IBM.

Microsoft Project Oxford Aims to Bring Intelligence to Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  May 12, 2015

Under the name of Project Oxford, Microsoft has made available a set of RESTful APIs that aim to make it possible for developers to build apps that feature face recognition, speech processing, and other machine learning algorithms. Part of the Azure portfolio, the new APIs are currently in beta and free to use up to 5,000 call per month.

Microsoft Goes Universal with Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial and Westminster

by Abel Avram on  May 04, 2015

In an attempt to bring Android, iOS, classic Windows and web applications on a single platform and make them available through the Windows Store, Microsoft has launched four projects, also knows as Universal Windows Platform Bridges, namely: Astoria, Islandwood, Centennial, and Westminster.

Cross Platform Applications for Office 365

by Jonathan Allen on  Apr 29, 2015

A major focus of Build 2015 is Office 365 as a platform. The desktop version of Office has been treated as a development platform since the early days of macros written in a variant of BASIC. Microsoft intends to recreate and expand upon that by turning Office 365 into a cross platform development platform available on any form factor or operating system.

Google Is Going to Make Pointer Events the Main Event Type in Chrome after All

by Abel Avram on  Apr 01, 2015

Google is going to make Pointer Events the main event type in Chrome, joining ranks with Microsoft, Firefox and leaving out Apple.

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.

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