The Google Developers YouTube channel has posted a set of 16 videos on Android Performance Patterns outlining a number of performance issues developers stumble across when creating applications for Android, along with advice on dealing with them which we will present in summary.
The Chromium team announced back in August that Google is no longer working on implementing Pointer Events in Chrome in order to focus on Touch Events. Now they have given control to the Pointer Events polyfill library to jQuery which is hoping to “drive developer adoption of this unified event system” and eventually see “all browsers implement this standard natively.”
A new set of libraries and tools from Google's Fun Propulsion Labs, fplutil, promises to make it easier to develop C/C++ applications for Android.
HipByte released RubyMotion 3, which for the first time supports Android and Apple's WatchKit. A new pricing model attempts to better satisfy the developers needs.
Xamarin is encouraging developers to begin adding 64-bit support to their iOS apps. The request comes only two months before Apple’s February deadline for new app submissions to be built against the iOS 8 SDK with support for the 64-bit architecture.
MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) provider Parse recently announced two new additions to its platform, a crash reporting service and support for local data storage on iOS.
Microsoft has recently announced the acquisition of HockeyApp, maker of a service providing crash reporting and app distribution on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, and is planning its integration into Application Insights.
AppGyver has announced Supersonic, a new framework to build hybrid mobile apps on Android and iOS that promises to provide "real native performance," says AppGyver, thanks to a novel approach to designing hybrid apps. Supersonic is also integrated with Steroids, an impressive cross-platform IDE for hybrid apps.
Google has announced Go 1.4, coming six months after 1.3. Go 1.4 adds official support for Android native development, albeit still "under heavy development," improved garbage collection, and a minor language change.
Orta Therox, a core contributor to the CocoaPods project, last week announced that the project has now topped 1 million downloads. This announcement rounds off a year which has seen significant developments in the project and growth in its user base.
Google has graduated Android Studio to 1.0 and is recommending developers to leave Eclipse behind.
Eric Lafortune, Technical Director of Saikoa, maker of DexGuard, has discovered new tools in the SDK for Android 5.0 Revision 1 (API 21.1), namely two compilers called Jack and Jill. These tools are meant to streamline the compilation process for Android.
Parse has announced Push Experiments, a feature that allows to conduct A/B tests for campaigns based on the use of push notifications, which are often deployed to re-engage users in mobile apps. Push Experiments will allow to evaluate different messaging strategy and choose the one with the highest open rate, say Parse.
Following on from their announcement of Android Auto in June, Google has now published their first APIs for the platform. Available as part of the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) SDK the APIs will allow developers to add a tailored in-car experience to their existing Android applications.
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