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Mobile Survey Q1 2015: Platform Status, Swift Adoption and Revenue

by Abel Avram on  Mar 05, 2015

The recently published survey, State of the Developer Nation Q1 2015, conducted by VisionMobile analyzes the key mobile developer trends including the status of mobile platforms, Swift and revenue.

Google Play Services 7 Rollout has Begun

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2015

Google has announced the release of Google Play Services 7.0, which brings new APIs inside of Google Places, Google Play Games, Google Fit, and improvements to existing features.

Google Releases gRPC, a HTTP/2 RPC Framework for Microservices

by Abel Avram on  Feb 27, 2015 2

Google has opened sourced gRPC, a RPC framework used internally to connect cloud microservices. gRPC comes with support for 10 languages, making it attractive for creating back-end cloud services for mobile applications.

How to Make Sure an App Works with Android for Work

by Abel Avram on  Feb 26, 2015

Google has announced Android for Work, a program making it possible for users to take their Android devices and use in an enterprise environment.

Pointer Events Reaches W3C Final Stage, “Recommendation”

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2015

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the Pointer Events standard as a recommendation for wide adoption, but its future is in doubt as Apple and Google are refusing to implement it.

Silver Brings Apple's Swift Language to .NET and Android

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 24, 2015

RemObjects Silver is a “free implementation of Apple’s Swift programming language” aimed at making it possible to natively compile Swift code on the .NET, Java, and Android platforms in addition to Cocoa and Cocoa Touch. InfoQ has spoken with marc hoffman (sic), chief architect at RemObjects.

Facebook Stetho: Debugging Any Android App with Chrome DevTools

by Abel Avram on  Feb 23, 2015

Facebook has open sourced Stetho, an Android debugging bridge enabling developers to debug their apps using Chrome DevTools.

New UXKit Framework Spotted in OS X 10.10.3 Provides UIKit-like API

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 19, 2015

There has recently been a lot of talking about a new UXKit framework that was spotted in OS X 10.10.3 beta. What is interesting about it is that its API is very close to iOS UIKit’s, leading several developers to hope that it can bring the two platforms closer to one another.

Both IE and Chrome Are to Support asm.js

by Abel Avram on  Feb 19, 2015

The modern.IE Platform Status indicates that now asm.js is in Development. According to Microsoft, the Chakra engine in Windows 10 will support asm.js, and Microsoft has been collaborating with Mozilla to implement it faster. Chrome is going to support it via TurboFan, a new optimizing compiler for V8.

Apple Announces TestFlight Groups, Larger Binary Submission Limit

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 18, 2015

Apple announced TestFlight Groups, a new feature aimed at making it easier to manage groups of beta users in TestFlight. On the same day, Apple also announced that the App Store is now accepting larger binaries.

Android Developers Now Can Test WebView before It Is Released

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2015

Google has made Android WebView available as a standalone application for developers willing to test it.

Reapp - Hybrid Mobile App Development Using React

by Matt McComb on  Feb 16, 2015

Over the past two weeks much hype has surrounded Facebook’s announcement of React Native, an extension to React.js that enables native mobile app development using JavaScript. Amidst the hype Reapp has launched , offering React enthusiasts an alternative approach to developing mobile apps.

Microsoft Open Sources TouchDevelop Containing 160K LoC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2015 1

Microsoft has open source their research project TouchDevelop, which contains about 160K lines of code mostly written in TypeScript.

iOS 8 Day by Day: Free Book on iOS 8 Programming

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 11, 2015

iOS 8 Day by Day is a free book made of 39 short chapters highlighting the key features of iOS 8. Each chapter comes with an Xcode project demonstrating how to use the corresponding feature, either through a standalone app or a playground. The book is aimed at developers who already know the basics of iOS programming in Objective-C and Swift. InfoQ has interviewed book’s author Sam Davies.

Apple Prepares Swift 1.2 For Release

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 10, 2015

Apple has made available Swift 1.2 with a developer release of Xcode 6.3. A number of improvements have been made to both the compilation speed and also performance of the compiled code. Read on to find out what else is new, and what steps need to be taken for migrating from earlier versions of Swift.

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