Among the announcements Apple made at WWDC 2016, its new file system, called APFS, raised a lot of developer interest. APFS brings strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, and more to macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
Apple’s new Messages framework for iOS, introduced at WWDC 2016, aims to make it possible to create app extensions that interact with Apple’s Messages app. A look at the framework API.
As mobile applications increase in popularity and as more transactions are carried out via mobile devices, security is a topic of growing concern. In his talk "Modern iOS Application Security" at QCon New York 2016, Dan Guido takes a closer look at iOS security. While Apple already provides the means to create highly secured applications, there are still threads that may render them useless.
At WWDC 2016, Apple announced Xcode 8, the latest version of its IDE for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Now available in beta, Xcode 8 brings Swift 3, improved address and thread sanitizer, a new editor extension architecture, and more.
Gluon is making Java 9 development available to iOS and Android developers in the form of their Gluon VM project, a full Java 9 native port.
VMware has released Liota (the "Little IoT Agent") to the developer community. The Liota framework facilitates development of applications that securely orchestrate gateway communication between IoT devices and cloud applications that analyze the input data stream and control the remote devices.
Fastlane, Twitter’s solution to continuous integration and deployment for mobile apps, introduced Device Grid, a new feature aimed to make it possible to live preview changes directly from pull requests in GitHub. Additionally, Fastlane now supports two-factor authentication for iTunes Connect, and improved support for Android APK files.
Realm, the open-source, object-oriented database has launched version 1.0 for iOS and Android. Realm's technical team told InfoQ that among the noted changes in the mobile database's latest release are an improved query language with support for partial string matches, relationship traversal, multi-field sorting, and distinct matches.
IndieGogo startup Jibo has announced an SDK for developing applications, a.k.a. skills, for its “social robot” for the home, which will target entertainment, education, and IoT integration.
OSRAM Sylvania recently announced that it is now offering the developer community an open REST API for Lightify that developers can integrate into their own iOS and Android apps and web sites. Lightify is an Internet of Things (IoT) combination of hardware, the cloud, and your mobile device. Using OSRAM's free iOS and Android apps, you can control the light settings of your Lightify LED lights...
Google is close to bring Play to Chrome OS, making Android applications and media available to Chromebook users.
Google has introduced a new version of Firebase at I/O 2016, the platform offering a comprehensive solution for creating a back-end infrastructure for mobile (iOS and Android) and the web.
Google has announced Android Instant Apps during Google I/O keynote, enabling applications to run without having to install them first.
Apple’s Chris Lattner, original creator of the Swift language, has recently announced on the Swift Evolution mailing list that ABI stability, one of the goals originally planned for Swift 3, will be postponed.
Amazon announced the AWS IoT Button, a "Limited Release Programmable Dash Button" -- which immediately sold out on the first day of its availability: "The AWS IoT Button is a programmable button based on the Amazon Dash Button hardware. This device is easy to configure and designed for developers to get started with AWS IoT and many other Amazon Web Services without writing device-specific code."