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CocosSharp: Xamarin Forks Cocos2D-XNA

by Abel Avram on  Aug 13, 2014

Xamarin has forked Cocos2D-XNA, a 2D/3D game development framework, creating a cross-platform library that can be included in PCL projects.

New Android Features for Project ARA to Become Part of Mainline Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 11, 2014

Google is working with Linaro to develop a special edition of Android to support specific features required for the Project Ara customizable smartphone, said Linaro CEO George Grey. This collaboration is aimed to make improvements and additional functionality in the Android ARA version “part of mainline Android,” Grey said.

Google Showcases Android Best Practices by Open-sourcing Google I/O App

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 04, 2014 2

Google has recently made available the source code of the 2014 version of the Google I/O app. The primary goal of this is to provide a practical example of best practices for Android app design and development, including essential features to most Android apps, and a customizable template for apps with similar features.

Google Course: UX Design for Mobile Developers

by Abel Avram on  Aug 01, 2014 3

UX Design for Mobile Developers is a free/paid course created by Google to help developers become UX designers.

New in Motorola RhoMobile 5.0: Licensing Model, Cloud Services and KitKat Support

by Abel Avram on  Jul 31, 2014

Motorola RhoMobile 5.0 comes with a new licensing model, support for the latest iOS and Android versions, a set of new or improved cloud services – Build, Synchronization, Push Notification –, Zebra Printing support, and others.

F# Native App Development on iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 25, 2014

F# has supported both iOS and Android native programming through Xamarin since at least Xamarin 4.8 and can be efficiently used to create native apps on both platforms. Let's give a look at some experience reports.

RubyMotion Announces Android Support

by Mirko Stocker on  Jul 24, 2014

RubyMotion is expanding from iOS to Android with their upcoming 3.0 release. InfoQ talked to Laurent Sansonetti to learn how they built a new Ruby runtime that is statically compiled and integrates with Android.

Realm: Low-Footprint, Thread-Safe Database For iOS And Android

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 23, 2014

Realm is an open-source, Object-oriented database. It provides a simpler, more performant alternative to using CoreData on iOS and will soon be available on Android as well.

Google Released LiquidFun 1.1, Open-source 2D Physics Engine

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 18, 2014

Google announced 1.1 release of LiquidFun, an open-source 2D physics engine including fluid simulation. The engine opens new possibilities to both game developers and UI designers, says Google. LiquidFun now officially supports iOS in addition to Android, Linux, and OS X.

GapDebug, Mobile Debugging Tool for PhoneGap and Cordova, Enters Public Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 15, 2014

Genuitec has announced a public beta for GapDebug, a free debugger for hybrid mobile apps built on top of the Cordova/PhoneGap SDK. GapDebug integrates versions of the Safari Webkit Inspector and Chrome Dev Tools to offer an integrated debugging experience on OS X and Windows.

Google Play Games: Events And Quests, Saved Game

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 15, 2014

Google Play Games services got new features in Events and Quests, and a new Save Game API last month. The C++ and the iOS SDKs are now up-to-date with these features.

Android to Include Ahead-Of-Time Compiler

by Seth Cousins on  Jul 12, 2014 4

Google announced the next version of the Android operating system at Google I/O 2014. Code named “L release,” in the most significant change to the system architecture a new runtime simply called the Android RunTime (ART) with an AOT compiler replaces the Dalvik virtual machine and its JIT compiler.

DidFail: a Free Android Tool to Detect Information Leakage

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 08, 2014

CERT Secure Coding team have recently released a freely available tool capable of analysing the leakage of sensitive information from an Android app. CERT researchers claim their tool "is the most precise taint-flow static analysis tool for Android apps."

Google Releases Google Play Services 5.0

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 04, 2014

Recently released Google Play Services 5.0 includes a number of new features, such as Android wearable services APIs, Dynamic Security Provider and App Indexing, along with updates to existing APIs. The new release should already be rolling out worldwide to Android devices running Android 2.2 or better.

ART: The New Android Runtime

by Barry Burd on  Jul 04, 2014 3

At Google I/O 2014, presenters Brian Carlstrom, Anwar Ghuloum, and Ian Rogers (all from Google) discussed ART (the Android RunTime). ART replaces Dalvik as the default platform for the next Android release. (A preview of the next Android release, termed Android L, is available as a download for developers. Android L will go public sometime in the fall.)

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