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How Facebook Designed its Android App for Emerging Markets

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 15, 2016

In order to fulfill its vision of connecting the Earth, Facebook has designed its Facebook Lite app for Android to make it optimized for use in emerging markets, Facebook engineer Gautam Roy explained.

Android N Includes Multi-window, Java 8, Enhanced Notifications

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2016

Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.

LambdaNative: Scheme for Mobile, Desktop, and Embedded Cross-Platform Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 04, 2016 1

LambdaNative is an open-source Scheme-based cross-platform development framework that supports a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, OS X, Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, NetBSD and OpenWrt. InfoQ has spoken with Chris Petersen, Ph.D., leader of the development team behind behind LambdaNative.

Almost Stable Android Studio 2.0 Beta Improves Instant Run, Emulator, Indexing

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 16, 2016

After hitting the canary channel a few months ago, Android Studio enters now beta, writes Android product manager Jamal Eason. Android Studio 2.0 beta improves the recently introduced Instant Run feature, app indexing and sports a brand new emulator.

Ionic Framework 2 Beta is Out

by David Iffland on  Feb 16, 2016

The beta of version 2 of the Ionic Framework has been released. Its architecture advances to Angular 2, brings a new navigation stack, and fully supports material design.

Jevgeni Kabanov and Sten Suitsev, from ZeroTurnaround, Talk about JRebel for Android

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Feb 11, 2016

After announcing the first stable release of JRebel for Android, InfoQ reached out to Jevgeni Kabanov, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, and Sten Suitsev, Product Manager of JRebel for Android, to find out more about what lead to the creation of this product and what might be coming next in their pipeline.

Mobile Cross-platform SDK V-Play Adds Material Design, Map-based Apps and More

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 06, 2016 1

Mobile cross-platform SDK V-Play Apps has recently introduced support for Android Material Design, improved the creation of map-based apps, and added new styling features.

Google’s J2ObjC 1.0 Translates Java into Objective-C

by Abel Avram on  Feb 05, 2016

J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.

Parse will Shut Down their Service

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 29, 2016 4

Kevin Lacker, Parse Co-founder, announced that the Facebook-owned DBaaS platform will wind down its operation to be fully retired at the end of January 2017. This announcement gave rise to many complaints from developers, yet Facebook is trying to make the transition easy and several alternatives are available.

ZeroTurnaround Announces JRebel for Android 1.0

by Abraham Marín Pérez on  Jan 13, 2016

ZeroTurnaround has announced the first stable release of JRebel for Android, the Android version of their popular plugin to modify running applications without having to redeploy or restart. JRebel for Android is available for Android Studio, and supports all phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or later. ZeroTurnaround offers a 21-day free trial, with prices beginning at $49/year.

What Impact Will OpenJDK Have on Android Development?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 08, 2016 9

We distill here some of the reactions around the web regarding Google’s adoption of OpenJDK for future Android versions.

Android will Use the OpenJDK

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2015 2

Hacker News has reported on an Android source code commit that suggests that Google’s mobile operating system is switching the implementation of their Java libraries from the original Harmony-based one to OpenJDK. The move has been confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

With Flutter, Google Aims Dart to Mobile App Cross-Development

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 21, 2015 7

Flutter is a new open-source framework built by Google that aims to enable cross-platform development using a single Dart codebase on iOS and Android. It aims to provide high performance and 60fps, jitter-free experiences on both platforms.

Most Common Issues Caused by Mobile Fragmentation

by Sergio De Simone on  Dec 12, 2015

Device fragmentation can be a serious hindrance to providing great mobile user experiences. A review of the most common issues faced by developers.

Android Studio 2.0 Introduces Hot Code Swapping

by Abel Avram on  Nov 24, 2015 1

Android Studio 2.0 has hit the canary channel, and the focus of the improvements in this release is to make the development as streamlined as possible, including hot code swapping, faster builds, faster emulator, GPU Profiler and Debugger, and running multiple types of tests in the same time.

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