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WebIDE: A Web IDE in Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Jun 24, 2014 1

Mozilla has released in the nightly builds an IDE for creating, editing, running and debugging web applications on Firefox OS devices and simulators, planning to extend it to all major browsers on mobile devices.

Google Web Fundamentals and Web Starter Kit

by Abel Avram on  Jun 20, 2014 1

Google has published a number of guidelines and boilerplate code for cross-platform responsive website design.

Google Announces Development Kit for a Tablet with Advanced Vision Capabilities

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 12, 2014

Google has announced the availability of Project Tango Development Kit, which should allow developers to make applications that track full 3-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment. Tango development kit, created in collaboration with NVDIA, includes the new Tegra K1 mobile processor and aims at providing a platform designed for computer vision and 3D sensing.

Splitforce Updates Toolsuite for Mobile A/B Testing

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jun 10, 2014

Behavioral testing of mobile applications is becoming more and more important for a huge number of companies. Splitforce launched a tool suite to optimize mobile applications by A/B-testing in 2013. Now, Splitforce launched an updated version of its tool suite with functionalities like user-targeting, tests based on behavioral data or auto-optimization.

Groovy Now Runs on Android

by Abel Avram on  Jun 07, 2014 6

During the recent GR8Conf Europe 2014, Cédric Champeau, Senior Software Engineer working on Groovy for SpringSource/Pivotal, has performed a live merging of the pull request that brings support for Groovy on Android.

Xamarin.Forms Enables Truly Native Cross-platform UIs

by Abel Avram on  May 29, 2014 8

Up until now one could write with Xamarin cross-platform native mobile applications that shared 80% of the code on average with the rest of 20% representing UI code that had to be written separately for each platform. The latest release, Xamarin 3.0, introduces Xamarin.Forms, a MVVM library for writing a single UI code in C# being executed natively on iOS, Android or Windows Phone.

C++ Cross-Platform iOS and Android Development: The Dropbox Lesson

by Sergio De Simone on  May 28, 2014 1

Dropbox developers have recently given some talks describing how they support both iOS and Android in their apps without having to recode everything on each platform. Let's review the reasons that led to their approach, the benefits it brings, and some key points learned through the process.

Interview with Philipp Crocoll on Java/C# Integration for Android

by Jonathan Allen on  May 27, 2014

In this interview we talk to open source developer Philipp Crocoll about Keepass2Android. Besides its features as a password store, this project is a good case study for combining Java and C# in a single Android application.

Visual Studio Now Supports Hybrid Cross-platform Mobile Development via Cordova

by Abel Avram on  May 13, 2014

Microsoft has added native support for hybrid cross-platform mobile applications in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2.

Facebook Launches App Links To Make Deep Linking Between Apps Easier

by Sergio De Simone on  May 08, 2014

At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced App Links, an open, cross-platform solution for app-to-app linking aiming at making it easier for developers to link to other applications from their own apps. Besides Facebook, many companies have announced their support for App Links, including Parse, Dropbox, and Spotify. Android, iOS, and Windows Phone are currently supported.

Google Releases First Development Kit for Project ARA, its New Modular Smartphone Platform

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 28, 2014

Google has released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara, an initiative that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The MDK defines the Ara platform for module developers and provides reference implementations for various design features. Main goals of the ARA platform are being low cost and creating a rich module ecosystem.

To Have and Have Not StackMob- Part 2 of 2: The Road Ahead for Mobile Backend Services

by Martin Monroe on  Apr 21, 2014 2

The step-by-step app creation tools provided by backend services such as StackMob enable developers to create mobile apps that they would not otherwise be technically proficient enough to produce. With Stackmob gone, app developers may be searching for a replacement.Here's a look at some of the remaining options for those and other developers looking to find a mobile backend service provider.

Matias Duarte, Android’s Chief Designer: Make Apps for Screens, Not for Mobile

by Abel Avram on  Apr 16, 2014

Matias Duarte, Head of Design at Android, has recently held an interview on software design during Accel Design Conference 2014 underlining the need for a shift in software design approach from separate apps made for different devices to one app for multiple screens.

Android 4.1.1 Vulnerable to Reverse Heartbleed

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 15, 2014

Google announced last week that Android 4.1.1 is susceptible to the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug. While Android 4.1.1 is, according to Google, the only Android version vulnerable to Heartbleed, it remains in use in millions of smartphones and tablets. Android 4.1.1 devices have been shown to leak significant amount of data in a "reverse Heartbleed" attack.

Secure Coding for the Android Platform

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 11, 2014

CERT Secure Coding team, part of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, have recently released secure coding guidelines specific to Java's application in the Android platform. InfoQ interviews Lori Flynn, one of the researchers who authored them.

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