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Jack & Jill: New Android Compilers for More Performance

by Abel Avram on  Dec 04, 2014

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 Announces Support for Push Notification A/B Testing

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 02, 2014

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.

Google Releases Android Auto APIs

by Matt McComb on  Dec 02, 2014

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.

Application Architecture is Shifting towards Connected Apps

by Abel Avram on  Nov 28, 2014

Anne Thomas has summarized in a webinar the shift from large applications to small focused apps relying on services, while Matias Duarte has spoken in an interview about connecting these apps.

Apple Releases SDK for Apple Watch

by Matt McComb on  Nov 27, 2014

Apple last week announced the release of WatchKit, the SDK for its upcoming Apple Watch device. The SDK will allow developers to begin adding watch support to their iOS apps ahead of the device's release in early 2015.

Google's Recipe to Code Sharing across Android, iOS, and the Web

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 26, 2014 3

Garrick Toubassi, Google Inbox engineering director, has recently explained how his team could get to "sharing roughly two-thirds of their client code" across three platforms: iOS, Android, and the web. The key is a clear separation of concerns between UI code and UI-independent logic, and a couple of tools that Google developed through the years.

AppDynamics Introduces Mobile Real User Management

by Ralph Winzinger on  Nov 21, 2014

AppDynamics recently released Mobile Real User Management, a sophisticated solution for end-to-end monitoring of mobile apps. AppDynamics offers application performance monitoring (APM) which lets users not only analyze their applications but complete end-to-end transactions. Therefore monitoring with AppDynamics supports database systems, application container, web-applications and mobile apps.

JetBrains Releases AppCode 3.1 Preview with Improved Swift Support

by Matt McComb on  Nov 19, 2014

JetBrains has released AppCode 3.1 under its EAP, offering developers a preview of the IDE's improved Swift support. This release builds upon the basic support for the Swift language introduced in June's 3.0.1 release, which included basic editing support and syntax highlighting for Swift. With the release of 3.1 developers can avail of most of the IDE's advanced capabilities when using Swift.

How Etsy Does Continuous Integration for Mobile Apps

by João Miranda on  Nov 19, 2014 1

Nassim Kammah, engineer at Etsy, explained to Velocity Conference attendants how Etsy does continuous integration for mobile apps. Etsy uses a mix of automated and manual processes, still adhering to the same principles that it applies on web development and reusing many of the same tools. Nassim also talked about how Etsy handles the unique set of challenges presented by mobile apps development.

Android Joins Visual Studio

by Jeff Martin on  Nov 18, 2014 1

Visual Studio 2015 Preview includes a newly designed emulator for Android, enabling developers to build and test their apps on Google's mobile platform. It is the latest action from Microsoft that seems to indicate that a change is underway to position Visual Studio as a tool for all developers, not just Windows-centric ones.

Kinvey Adds Lifecycle Management to Mobile Development

by Janakiram MSV on  Nov 17, 2014

Kinvey, an enterprise Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) company brought Digital Lifecycle Management (DLM) to mobile application development process.

Android and iOS Go HTML5 Friendly With Their Latest Releases

by João Paulo Marques on  Nov 17, 2014

The two popular mobile operating systems, Android and iOS, may be about to give a boost to the HTML5 development with their latest releases. While Google is removing WebView from Android's core, making it an updatable component, Apple replaced the traditional UIWebView with WKWebView, which has advantages in the performance, stability and functionality of hybrid applications.

Facebook & Instagram Lessons on Android Development for Emerging Markets

by Abel Avram on  Nov 13, 2014

Facebook and Instagram shared from their experience improving their apps to perform better on various Android devices and over different network connection speeds during the session Scaling Android Apps for Emerging Markets recorded at @Scale 2014.

64 Bit Support for iOS Mandatory From February 2015: Benefits and Hindrances

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 11, 2014

Apple announced that, as of February 1 2015, all App Store submissions will be required to include 64-bit support and to be built with the iOS 8 SDK. The new requirement will only apply to new submissions, that is new apps and updates to existing apps. A look at benefits and hindrances in this process.

DroidConSE: Tackling Complexity in Android Apps with RxJava at SoundCloud

by Matt McComb on  Nov 11, 2014

In his recent talk at DroidconSE, Matthias Kaeppler (Software Engineer at SoundCloud), proposed the use of RxJava - an implementation of Reactive Extensions for the Java programming language - in Android apps to elegantly handle asynchronous behaviour. After his talk InfoQ spoke to Matthias to discover how other Android developers can benefit from adopting RxJava.

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