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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.

Apple Buys TestFlight, Android Support Discontinued

by Ralph Winzinger on  Feb 21, 2014 2

Apple confirmed that it acquired Burstly, the owner TestFlight. TestFlight is a beta-testing platform for mobile applications which offers easy-to-use services to help in the process of distributing and testing apps for iOS and Android. Whereas TestFlight will continue to support iOS applications, testing of Android apps will be discontinued by March 21st.

Pebble opens up the first appstore for wearable devices

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 13, 2014

Pebble, maker of the successful Pebble and Pebble Steel smartwatches, opened up its appstore earlier this month. Pebble appstore aims at offering both customers and developers a centralised app distribution channel, thus becoming "the first place where Pebble users look for Pebble apps."

Parse Announces Bolts, a Collection of Low-level Libraries for iOS and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 10, 2014

Parse, acquired by Facebook a few months ago, has recently open-sourced a collection of low-level libraries for Android and iOS collectively called Bolts. According to Parse announcement, Bolts is the outcome of the joint Parse/Facebook effort to consolidate small, low-level utility classes that both companies had already developed on their own.

Build Web, Hybrid or Native Web Apps with Telerik Platform

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 06, 2014

Telerik Platform provides a mechanism to build web, hybrid and native based iOS, Android and Windows Phone apps either using web based dashboard, desktop or Visual Studio.

Open Source Active Directory Libraries for iOS and Android

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 03, 2014

Microsoft is offering previews of libraries for accessing Azure Active Directory for iOS and Android. These libraries are being released on github under the Apache 2 license.

Android++ with Zero Hardware Restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC, Integrated GDB Debugging

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Jan 30, 2014

The recently released Android++ in closed beta enables you to build Android apps using Visual Studio with support for zero hardware restrictions, MSBuild, LLVM, GCC in addition to integrated GDB debugging.

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

by Abel Avram on  Jan 30, 2014 2

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.

Deploying Chrome Apps on Android&iOS with Cordova 3.3.0

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2014

Developer can now deploy Chrome apps on Android and iOS with Apache Cordova 3.3.0.

Encrypting Files on Android with Facebook Conceal

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2014 1

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.

Is Android Moving to a Closed Source Model?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 24, 2014 1

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 of the Apple Mac

by Alex Blewitt on  Jan 23, 2014

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.

Will 2014 Be the Year of Android-Enabled Cars?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2014

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 Play Services 4.1 Adds Drive Support

by Abel Avram on  Jan 10, 2014

Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.

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.

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