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.
New Relic, the app monitoring software has released an update with support for Node.js, improved rendering with histograms and percentiles in addition to an enhanced alert system. The San Francisco based startup also released a sketch of new features of the upcoming Android based mobile app.
After previewing it at JavaOne, Oracle has now officially released NetBeans 7.4. The new release allows developers to work with the JDK 8 previews, adds support for integrating HTML5 into Java EE applications, and provides tools for developing mobile applications with Apache Cordova.
Amazon has recently added audio support for elastic transcoder that provides an ability to convert media files from one format to another without any depending upon about servers, storage and scalability.
Jelastic, the cloud based Java and PHP hosting platform has recently launched a mobile app which enables you to connect to cloud management system remotely to monitor the environment in addition to the ability to view account information.
Telerik has released Visual Studio extension for Icenium which enables developers to build iOS and Android cloud based apps from within the IDE. It also includes simulators which can be accessed directly from within Visual Studio.
Brian Sam-Bodden, founder of Integrallis, gave a demonstration at the Barcelona Ruby Conference on how to leverage RubyMotion and open source 2D graphical libraries to quickly create 2D games for iOS in plain Ruby without any knowledge of Object-C.
Jeffrey Stedfast has released MimeKit v0.5 with support for .NET Framework 4.0 and Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.iOS assemblies. It also provides support for rfc2047 and rfc2231 encoders in addition to sign, encrypt, decrypt and verification of S/MIME message parts.
The recently released RAD Studio XE5 provides support for Android, iOS and Rest client including the ability to build prototype and native apps in standard C++ or Delphi without any need for multiple projects and schedules.
Since the release of iOS 7 brings a whole new interface design for iPhone applications, developers might be forced to rework the user-interface of their iPhone apps as well, to match Apple's new Human Interface Guidelines. Apps designed for iOS 7 would be inappropriate for users who can't upgrade to the current iOS version, but Apple now also allows downloading previous versions of apps.
The recently conducted survey among 1300 Windows desktop application developers by Embarcadero Technologies measured the taste of developers from across the world. The survey recorded the favourite platform and tools among the respondents.
Fragmentation is said to be one of central handicaps when developing applications for Android. Google seems to have found a way to ease the pain for developers, at least when it comes to fragmentation of installed Android versions.
One blog of note that is furthering the efforts of today’s mobile application developers can be found at the OpenSignal web site. Their recent Android Fragmentation Visualized report offers some unique perspectives on the challenges of writing Android apps.
In his recent post, ‘Thoughts on Ti.Next’ for the Appcelerator web site, CEO Jeff Haynie talked about the reasons that the popular MBaaS provider is busy revamping Titanium, their signature SDK.