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Android to Include Ahead-Of-Time Compiler

by Seth Cousins on  Jul 12, 2014 4

Google announced the next version of the Android operating system at Google I/O 2014. Code named “L release,” in the most significant change to the system architecture a new runtime simply called the Android RunTime (ART) with an AOT compiler replaces the Dalvik virtual machine and its JIT compiler.

App Extensions for iOS 8 in Depth

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 10, 2014

Apple recently announced app extensions for iOS 8, which allow developers to extend functionality and content beyond the boundaries of a single app. Learn what iOS 8 app extensions are and how they work.

DidFail: a Free Android Tool to Detect Information Leakage

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 08, 2014

CERT Secure Coding team have recently released a freely available tool capable of analysing the leakage of sensitive information from an Android app. CERT researchers claim their tool "is the most precise taint-flow static analysis tool for Android apps."

InfoQ Mobile Site Launched

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 07, 2014 2

InfoQ has launched a mobile-specific version of the site that is optimized for smartphones and offers a faster user interface, with a smaller download footprint, whilst making the most of the limited screen real-estate.

Google Releases Google Play Services 5.0

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 04, 2014

Recently released Google Play Services 5.0 includes a number of new features, such as Android wearable services APIs, Dynamic Security Provider and App Indexing, along with updates to existing APIs. The new release should already be rolling out worldwide to Android devices running Android 2.2 or better.

ART: The New Android Runtime

by Barry Burd on  Jul 04, 2014 3

At Google I/O 2014, presenters Brian Carlstrom, Anwar Ghuloum, and Ian Rogers (all from Google) discussed ART (the Android RunTime). ART replaces Dalvik as the default platform for the next Android release. (A preview of the next Android release, termed Android L, is available as a download for developers. Android L will go public sometime in the fall.)

Google Launches Gmail API Beta

by Sergio De Simone on  Jul 01, 2014

At the last Google I/O Google has introduced a new Gmail API aiming at "giving developers flexible, RESTful access to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History", and bringing developers multiple benefits over IMAP, says Google.

Drupal Integration with Native iOS and Android Apps

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 30, 2014

At latest Drupal Conference in Austin, TX, mobile and web development company Lemberg has introduced a native Drupal 8 software development kit. Lemberg's SDK aims at making it easier for developers to handle the communication between a native mobile app and a Drupal website. The SDK is currently available only for iOS and Android, while the Windows Phone version should be coming soon.

Dartium Comes To Android

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 30, 2014

Dart 1.5 released last week with a focus on mobile development. This includes a version of Dartium that works on Android along with editor improvements to support debugging of mobile web apps built using Dart.

The State of Go Language for Android Native Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 27, 2014

A couple of different proposals from Google engineers and independent developers are aiming at making it possible to write native Android apps in Go. This will not go so far as allowing Go apps to access the full Android NDK, but it could allow access to a subset of it.

Google Introduces Material Design at Google I/O

by Abel Avram on  Jun 26, 2014

Google is introducing Material Design, a visual language incorporating design principles for user interfaces spanning a multitude of devices from wearables to smartphones, tablets, desktops and TVs. Material Design attempts to provide fluid motion on tactile surfaces, but mouse and keyboard-based devices are also considered.

The Google I/O 2014 Keynote Address

by Barry Burd on  Jun 26, 2014

Google’s two-day 2014 developer conference began with the opening keynote address. (The “opening” keynote is, in fact, the only keynote in this year’s schedule.)

WebIDE: A Web IDE in Firefox

by Abel Avram on  Jun 24, 2014 1

Mozilla has released in the nightly builds an IDE for creating, editing, running and debugging web applications on Firefox OS devices and simulators, planning to extend it to all major browsers on mobile devices.

Google Web Fundamentals and Web Starter Kit

by Abel Avram on  Jun 20, 2014 1

Google has published a number of guidelines and boilerplate code for cross-platform responsive website design.

Beta Testing on iOS 8 with TestFlight

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 18, 2014 1

At WWDC 2014, Apple announced the integration of TestFlight within the iOS 8 development tool suite. This aims at giving developers more options to set up a beta testing program and make the whole process a lot easier, thus promising to fix a longstanding complaint from developers about the hardness of testing iOS apps before launch.

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