Google has announced the release of Google Play Services 7.0, which brings new APIs inside of Google Places, Google Play Games, Google Fit, and improvements to existing features.
Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.
Google has announced Android for Work, a program making it possible for users to take their Android devices and use in an enterprise environment.
RemObjects Silver is a “free implementation of Apple’s Swift programming language” aimed at making it possible to natively compile Swift code on the .NET, Java, and Android platforms in addition to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. InfoQ has spoken with marc hoffman (sic), chief architect at RemObjects.
Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.
Google has made Android WebView available as a standalone application for developers willing to test it.
Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.
Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.
Guillaume Laforge has released Groovy 2.4, bringing full Android support. LaForge says the new Android support "allows developers to write Android applications fully using Groovy, with much less boilerplate code than raw Java."
Unity last week announced the launch of Unity Analytics, a service which assists game developers in gaining an understanding into the behaviour of their players. The service is currently in an open beta with support for the iOS and Android platforms only.
The Google Developers YouTube channel has posted a set of 16 videos on Android Performance Patterns outlining a number of performance issues developers stumble across when creating applications for Android, along with advice on dealing with them which we will present in summary.
A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.
HipByte released RubyMotion 3, which for the first time supports Android and Apple's WatchKit. A new pricing model attempts to better satisfy the developers needs.
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