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Apple Now Allows Downloading Previous Versions of iOS Apps

by Ralph Winzinger on  Sep 19, 2013 3

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.

Developers Voice on Mobile Application Scenarios

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Sep 14, 2013

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.

Google Play Services to Beat Android Fragmentation

by Ralph Winzinger on  Sep 06, 2013 9

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.

Android Stats and Tricks from OpenSignal

by Martin Monroe on  Aug 24, 2013

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.

Sencha: Performance of Mobile Web Applications will Further Improve

by Ralph Winzinger on  Aug 23, 2013

Sencha, maker of the Sencha Touch Framework for HTML5 and JavaScript based mobile applications, commented on some so-called myths concerning performance of web-based applications on mobile platforms. To invalidate these statements, Sencha offers a variety of benchmark results collected of the past years.

Ti.Next-What’s It All About Appcelerator?- Part 2 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Aug 10, 2013

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.

iOS vs. Android Development

by Abel Avram on  Aug 02, 2013 5

Cameron Henneke, founder and developer of GQueues, an online task manager integrated with several Google services, has ported the HTML5 mobile version of his application to iOS and Android, keeping a record of the development effort involved on both platforms and comparing the outcome in a blog post. Following is a digest of Henneke’s findings and excerpts from an interview conducted by InfoQ.

Appcelerator Survey on Mobile Development

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jul 30, 2013

In April 2013 Appcelerator surveyed over 6000 mobile developers to find out about their priorities and goals. One of the key findings is that mobile app development shifts toward business-to-employee and tablet platforms.

Titanium- What’s it All About Appcelerator? Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Jul 25, 2013

Appcelerator, through its Appcelerator Cloud Services (ACS) and Titanium Cloud Services, is a major Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider. There are two main approaches to developing a mobile app on Appcelerator. One is the self-titled “Appcelerator Platform.” The other approach is Appcelerator’s version of the JavaScript-based open source multiplatform code optimizer, Titanium.

Survey: The State of Mobile Development in Q3 2013

by Abel Avram on  Jul 19, 2013 2

A recently published VisionMobile study has measured the mobile landscape: the market, developer mindshare, preferred platforms, revenue, developer motivations and others.

Debug iOS Applications with Reveal

by Ralph Winzinger on  Jul 12, 2013

Similar to Firebug for HTML pages, Reveal lets developers debug iOS user interfaces. It connects to running applications and offers the possibility to modify various UI parameters without rewriting code or rebuilding and redeploying the application.

Dropbox Now Can Hold Structured Data with Datastore API

by Abel Avram on  Jul 11, 2013

Dropbox has released Datastore API which provides access to key-value stores with support for synchronization between devices using the user’s Dropbox account and including automatic conflict resolution.

Joy of StackMob

by Martin Monroe on  Jun 26, 2013 2

In the beginning of MBaaS, there was StackMob. Since then the mobile ecosystem has become flooded with competitors in this new approach to app dynamics. InfoQ takes a closer look at the Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) provider StackMob and its privacy practices.

Evaluating Porting Efforts with Xamarin Mobility Scanner

by Abel Avram on  Jun 25, 2013

Xamarin has announced the availability of Xamarin Mobility Scanner, a free online service for scanning .NET libraries in order to evaluate the effort needed to port them to Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows Store.

Building iOS/C# User Interfaces: Importing, Imperative, Drawing, or Drag and Drop

by Jonathan Allen on  Jun 24, 2013

Xamarin.iOS now supports three development models for designing iOS user interfaces with C#: importing from XCode, drag-and-drop using Xamarin Studio, drawing in PaintCode, or purely imperative using raw C#.

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