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.
In April 2013 Appcelerator surveyed over 6000 mobile developers to find out about their priorities and goals. One of the key findings is that mobile app development shifts toward business-to-employee and tablet platforms.
The latest Android Jelly Bean 4.3 release does not introduce major changes to Google’s mobile operating system as Ice Cream did, but rather certain performance optimizations and many small improvements such as Restricted Profiles, Bluetooth LE, Wi-Fi Scan Mode, Open GL ES 3.0, new sensor types, and others.
A recently published VisionMobile study has measured the mobile landscape: the market, developer mindshare, preferred platforms, revenue, developer motivations and others.
Dropbox has released Datastore API which provides access to key-value stores with support for synchronization between devices using the user’s Dropbox account and including automatic conflict resolution.
In the beginning of MBaaS, there was StackMob. Since then the mobile ecosystem has become flooded with competitors in this new approach to app dynamics. InfoQ takes a closer look at the Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider StackMob and its privacy practices.
Xamarin has announced the availability of Xamarin Mobility Scanner, a free online service for scanning .NET libraries in order to evaluate the effort needed to port them to Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Store.
Xamarin has released a new set of guides based on Evolve curriculum which provides a comprehensive coverage of the various aspects of the various APIs with the help of relevant samples.
Shortly after Google announced their Mobile Backend Starter for Android applications, Microsoft has announced the extension of their Azure mobile services adding support for Custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, and a free SQL DB.
With the rapid growth of mobile apps, you need to take special care while distributing your app by following certain rules and best practices recommended by Google.
Google is offering back-end functionality for Android applications including data storage, cloud messaging, and authentication.
This article contains details on the recently open sourced Buck and xctool, the build tools used internally by Facebook for their native Android and iOS applications.