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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.

Mobile Usage Report Highlights Trends and Shifts in Mobile Device Use

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 05, 2014

Mobile analytics firm Flurry has issued a report analyzing time spent on mobile devices by the average US consumer between January and March of 2014. This is the second such report that Flurry issues, allowing for an interesting comparison year to year showing, among other things, that mobile devices are changing the way the web is consumed.

Mobile App Performance Report Benchmarks Crashes and Responsiveness on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 31, 2014

Crittercism, maker of a mobile app performance management solution, has analysed one month of performance data and compiled it into a Mobile Experience Benchmark report focusing on two aspects of a mobile performance: app uptime and app responsiveness. Results highlight app categories with the highest crash and error rates and provide the basis for a comparison among iOS and Android versions.

Android Wear: Details on the Developer Preview

by Abel Avram on  Mar 19, 2014

Google has announced Android Wear, the anticipated platform for wearable devices, making available the Developer Preview for those enthusiasts that want to get in touch with this new feature or get a head start in making the first applications tailored for such devices.

Creating Apps for Samsung Gear with Tizen SDK for Wearable

by Abel Avram on  Mar 18, 2014 1

After a first generation of wearable devices built with Android, Samsung decided to bring to market a second wave of devices based on Tizen, the open source mobile operating system developed along with Intel. Now, they have released an SDK for creating applications for such devices.

Nokia X Marks Another Android Fork

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2014

This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.

Xamarin Sifts through Enterprise SAP Data

by Abel Avram on  Feb 24, 2014

Xamarin and SAP Americas announced at MWC 2014 today a partnership aiming to provide .NET mobile developers the necessary tools to access and integrate enterprise SAP data into their applications.

Appurify and Xamarin Launch Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps on Variety of Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 21, 2014

Two recently launched services, Appurify Mobile Platform and Xamarin Test Cloud, promise to help developers and enterprises automate testing and performance optimization of their mobile apps by allowing them to run apps on real iOS and Android devices and supporting automated testing and continuous integration.

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