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A Few Highlights from QConSF2013- Part 2 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Dec 31, 2013

It's one thing having an in-house training program. But there is a certain deeper insight that can be gained from attending a Q-Con conference in person. Which may be one reason why attendance at the globe-hopping event continues to grow.

Nevron Open Vision Enables Cross Platform Application Development with Windows, WPF and Silverlight

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Dec 31, 2013

The recently released Nevron Open Vision enable development of cross platform presentation layer applications with support for Windows Forms, Windows Presentation Framework (WPF) and Silverlight. It will be soon updated to support Mac OS, iOS, Android and WinRT.

Facebook’s Release Process Behind the Move from Web-based to Native App

by Manuel Pais on  Dec 28, 2013

Chaitanya Mishra, from Facebook, spoke at Velocity Conf London last month about the approach to scale Facebook’s Android app from a web view interface to a full-fledged native app. To achieve this transition each product team took ownership of their features on Android. A core integration team regression tests and focuses on global app optimization over individual features optimization.

Android 4.4 KitKat and the Secret Key Factory

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 24, 2013

With the introduction of Android 4.4, developers are being asked to change the way symmetric keys are generated from Unicode passphrases via the SecretKeyFactory.

Splitforce A/B Testing for Mobile Applications

by Ralph Winzinger on  Dec 20, 2013

As mobile applications are becoming a more central part of companies' IT strategies, testing and analyzing those applications becomes more important. Whereas functional testing of code is part of every project, analyzing behavior and conversion rates is still very new to the mobile sector. Splitforce offers tools and services for application developers to instrument apps for in-app analysis.

PhoneGap 3.3 Offers Improved BlackBerry Support and an Android Resource Loading API

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 16, 2013

PhoneGap 3.3 now offers the ability to recursively redirect Android resource loading requests. It also offers improvements for BlackBerry 10 and iOS debugging.

A/B Testing for Mobile Applications

by Ralph Winzinger on  Nov 29, 2013

Best.ly offers support for A/B-testing mobile applications without the need for code changes and resubmitting to an app store. Currently, there is only a native library for the iOS platform but libraries for the Android eco-system are already in development and will be available soon. Experiments can be administrated online, adjusted during runtime and monitored in realtime.

Apportable brings Objective-C to Android

by Ralph Winzinger on  Nov 18, 2013

Apportable offers iOS developers the possibility to publish their software for the Android ecosystem. Programmers can use the Apportable SDK and a set of command line tools to cross-compile their apps without having to apply major changes to the objective-c code base. Alternatively, Apportable also offers the conversion of applications as a service.

Android Gets Better with App Translation Service

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Nov 13, 2013

Google has officially released its translation service for Android app which enables developers to localize the apps in various languages based on the guidelines in the localization checklist document.

Developing iOS & Android Apps with C# in Visual Studio

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2013

Xamarin partnerships with Microsoft to let developers build iOS and Android applications in Visual Studio. Xamarin University teaches developers how to do that.

AnyPresence Soups-up Enterprise MBaaS Platform:Part 2 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Nov 04, 2013

There is so much to learn about the latest Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence's 5.0 platform geared for the enterprise that this second post was needed. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides further insight for InfoQ readers…

Google Play 4.0 Includes More Services

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2013

Play Services are no longer supported in pre-Gingerbread devices, the Mobile Ads SDK has been included in Play 4.0, and Wallet Instant Buy offers merchants a new integrated purchasing system.

What’s New for Developers in Android 4.4 KitKat

by Abel Avram on  Nov 01, 2013

Google has released Android 4.4 (KitKat) featuring: lower memory footprint, immersive mode, translucent styles, screen printing, several frameworks – printing, storage, transitions-, Chromium WebView.

AnyPresence Soups up Enterprise MBaaS Platform- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Oct 30, 2013

Mobile Backend as a Service provider AnyPresence continues to hone their chops. Launching the fifth update to their self-titled platform geared for the enterprise. Co-founder Rich Mendis provides some insights for InfoQ readers…

OpenKit Brings back Cross-Platform Social Leaderboards

by Ralph Winzinger on  Oct 28, 2013

When OpenFeint was shut down in late 2012, lots of iOS and Android game developers were left without social functionalities or connection to social networks in their software. Popular games like Fruit Ninja, Fieldrunners or Pocket God were affected. Now, co-founders of OpenFeint released OpenKit, a successor API for cross-platform social services.

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