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Bridging the Gap Between Gesture and Animation with Facebook's Pop Framework

by Sergio De Simone on  May 20, 2014

Facebook has recently open-sourced Pop, the animation engine behind its iOS Paper app. Pop aims at making it easier for developers to go beyond fire-and-forget animations, thus enabling interactive animations. In addition to static animations, Pop supports spring and decay dynamic animations, as well allowing the creation of custom animations.

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.

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.

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.

Apple Improves iOS Devices Deployment and Management for Enterprise and Education

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 26, 2014 1

Apple has recently announced some changes to its Device Enrollment and Volume Purchase Programs aiming at improving large-scale deployment of iOS devices to enterprise and education customers interested in deploying company-owned iOS devices or instituting a "bring your own device" (BYOD) policy.

Apple Offering Microsite about UI Design for iOS 7

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 14, 2014

Apple is offering registered iOS developers a new microsite collecting in a central location videos, documents, and whitepapers about User Interface design for iOS 7. The new site aims at providing developers with the necessary information "to build polished, engaging, and intuitive apps for iOS 7."

Apple Rolls Out CarPlay

by Ralph Winzinger on  Mar 03, 2014

At the Geneva International Motor Show, Apple announced to roll out CarPlay partnering with premium car manufactures. CarPlay fully integrates iOS devices with existing infotainment capabilities of cars. Currently, Apple restricts CarPlay to a few applications like Maps, Phone or Messages. At the moment, there is no public API announced to write CarPlay enabled applications.

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.

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.

iOS Auto Layout with Masonry

by Scott McKenzie on  Feb 07, 2014

Open Source project Masonry aims to make Auto Layout code more concise and readable. Masonry, “a light-weight layout framework which wraps Auto Layout with a nicer syntax”, enables a XIB- and Storyboard-free experience.

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