Google has released Android Studio 1.4 with support for vector graphics, a theme editor, templates for the Design Support Library, and easier connection to a Firebase account.
Oracle propose a new OSS project within OpenJDK to focus on porting the JDK to popular mobile platforms such as iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile. Oracle plans on contributing build system, Hotspot and JDK source changes required to target mobile platforms with a version of Java SE.
As iOS 9 adoption crosses 50% and users experiment with content blocking, the polarised debate of whether content blockers are beneficial or harmful continues to rise. Meanwhile paid ad blockers have topped the app store charts. InfoQ looks at the rise of ad blockers and the effect that iOS 9 will have on publishers.
Parse for IoT, the line of SDKs that Parse announced at F8 2015, has been extended to include support for four additional microcontrollers.
Apple has introduced tvOS, a new OS for its Apple TV that will allow developers to create games and productivity apps in a way that will be familiar to iOS developers.
Bazel, the build system that Google open sourced six months ago, has reached the first beta milestone as planned, adding support for several languages and technologies.
Amazon has introduced a new mobile app monetization model dubbed Amazon Underground and linked with their own Amazon app store. The new model provides “actually free” apps to customers while developers are paid based on how long their apps are used.
LinkedIn has recently open sourced QARK, a static analysis tool meant to discover potential security vulnerabilities existing in Android applications written in Java.
Clojure development on the Android platform has been progressing remarkably in the last few years, allowing developers to use it in fully fledged apps such as SwiftKey’s Clarity Keyboard. Here we will review the current status of tools that support Clojure on the Android platform.
Digium, maker of WebRTC platform Respoke, has introduced open-source SDKs for iOS and Android that aim at making it easier to add real-time audio and video communication support to mobile apps. Furthermore, the SDK includes support for instant messaging and uses push notification in order to work even when running offline or in the background.
Google has unveiled that when it comes to Android, M stands for Marshmallow. They have also introduced Android 6.0 SDK which comes prepackaged with Android Studio or as a separate download that can be used with a different IDE.
Parse, Facebook-owned provider of a successful Mobile Backend as a service, has open-sourced its SDK for the iOS/OS X and Android platforms.
At QCon San Francisco, we offer two days of workshops (Nov 19-20). Workshops focus on developing the technical skills that leverage technologies you heard about from our expert practitioners during the conference sessions. Here is a glimpse at some of the experts you can learn from QCon SF ‘15 workshops.
Microsoft has released tools to enable Objective-C development on Windows which are intended to facilitate the porting of iOS apps to Windows. This move is not without some controversy, as some developers are upset at how their code was included in this project.
Intel has introduced a new feature for its Integrated Native Development Experience (INDE) called Multi-OS Engine that aims to make it easier for Java developers to port their Android apps to the iOS platform.