Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.
Developer can now deploy Chrome apps on Android and iOS with Apache Cordova 3.3.0.
Facebook has open sourced Conceal, a set of Java APIs for file encryption and authentication on Android. Conceal uses a subset of OpenSSL’s algorithms and predefined options in order to keep the library smaller, currently being 85KB.
In an interesting analysis appeared on Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo argues that Google is progressively shifting Android towards a closed source model. Google's strategy would aim at making Android suitable to be freely customised and used "for little hobbies", while hampering the choices of "anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing".
Thirty years ago, Apple unveiled the Mac in a seminal advert entitled 1984. InfoQ looks at the history of the Mac and shows the connection between that point and the system you're reading this post on.
Google has officially entered the in-car computer arena by announcing the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) together with Nvidia and several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai. The Alliance's mission, according to its official announcement, is bringing the Android platform to cars by the end of 2014.
Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 now offers the ability to recursively redirect Android resource loading requests. It also offers improvements for BlackBerry 10 and iOS debugging.
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 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.