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Google Brings Places API Natively to Android and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Mar 20, 2015

So far, Places API has been available as a web service, but now it has been integrated in the recently released Android Play Services 7.0, and a beta program has been started to bring it natively to iOS. On Android, this new API can be used on all OS versions starting with Gingerbread. There are not many details yet on how it will work on iOS.

Android Apps Are Now Reviewed by Tools and Humans

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2015

Google has quietly introduced an app reviewing process that monitors new apps or updates for policy violations. This process uses automatic tools and sometimes human reviewers that add a few hours of delay in the publishing process.

Android Lollipop for Visual Studio

by Jonathan Allen on  Mar 13, 2015 1

The preview of Visual Studio 2015 has been updated to include an emulator for Android Lollipop, also known as Android 5.0. Along with the new SDK, Visual Studio also gained “OpenGL ES support, multi-touch input, and advanced camera simulation”.

Creating Mobile Native Apps in JavaScript with NativeScript

by Abel Avram on  Mar 06, 2015 1

Telerik has opened for public access NativeScript, a framework for creating native cross-platform applications for Android, iOS and Windows Universal.

Mobile Survey Q1 2015: Platform Status, Swift Adoption and Revenue

by Abel Avram on  Mar 05, 2015

The recently published survey, State of the Developer Nation Q1 2015, conducted by VisionMobile analyzes the key mobile developer trends including the status of mobile platforms, Swift and revenue.

Google Play Services 7 Rollout has Begun

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2015

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 Releases gRPC, a HTTP/2 RPC Framework for Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2015 2

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.

How to Make Sure an App Works with Android for Work

by Abel Avram on  Feb 26, 2015

Google has announced Android for Work, a program making it possible for users to take their Android devices and use in an enterprise environment.

Silver Brings Apple's Swift Language to .NET and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2015

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 Stetho: Debugging Any Android App with Chrome DevTools

by Abel Avram on  Feb 23, 2015

Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.

Android Developers Now Can Test WebView before It Is Released

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2015

Google has made Android WebView available as a standalone application for developers willing to test it.

Reapp - Hybrid Mobile App Development Using React

by Matt McComb on  Feb 16, 2015

Over the past two weeks much hype has surrounded Facebook’s announcement of React Native, an extension to React.js that enables native mobile app development using JavaScript. Amidst the hype Reapp has launched , offering React enthusiasts an alternative approach to developing mobile apps.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

JUniversal: A Microsoft Tool for Porting Android Apps to Windows Phone and iOS

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2015

Microsoft has open sourced JUniversal, a tool for writing cross-platform mobile applications in Java.

Facebook Enables Native App Development in JavaScript with React Native

by Matt McComb on  Feb 03, 2015

Announced at last week’s React Conf, React Native is a version of the popular React JavaScript library targeted solely at mobile developers. On the surface React Native looks very similar to React, with JavaScript declarations of reactive user interfaces; but behind the scenes React Native interfaces are backed by platform specific native controls rather than DOM elements.

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