Google has started updating certain devices to the latest Android 7.0, dubbed Nougat. Usually, a new version of Android would start to be pushed to devices during the fall, in late September or even October. But this year they changed the pace, making available a preview in March and the GA in August.
Test Butler is an open-source testing tool for Android that aims to allow developers to reliably run UI tests, writes LinkedIn engineer Drew Hannay and creator of Test Butler, by allowing developers to programmatically control a number of testing environment settings.
Google has open sourced the at least some of the bits for a new operating system planned for hardware with fast processors and lots of RAM.
According to the latest Developer Nation Q3 2016 survey from VisionMobile, Android’s lead over iOS as primary platform and developer mindshare has been consolidated. Also, Windows developers prefer C# in the cloud while Linux ones stay with Java.
While Swift 3 is nearing its late 2016 release, Apple’s Developer Tools Department senior director Chris Lattner provided a retrospective on its development and set expectations for Swift 4 in a long message to the Swift-evolution mailing list.
At QCon New York 2016, Trail of Bits CEO and security expert Dan Guido explained how to keep iOS apps secure. This includes correctly using all iOS security provisions, without forgetting that your app might be running on a jailbroken phone.
A new tool belonging to the Windows Bridge for iOS, iOS App Analysis, aims to make it easier for iOS developers to port their apps to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Nick Gerard, program manager at Microsoft, writes.
Spotify wants to be really good at getting it wrong quickly and optimized for experimentation, said Marcus Frödin, director of engineering at Spotify. At Spark the Change London 2016 he presented a concept to learn from mistakes and breed success and gave examples of failures at Spotify and how they learned from them.
German start-up deepstreamHub has launched deepstream.io, an open source, scalable, real-time server platform. The platform is designed for applications that require a network of device-resident nodes that communicate with cloud applications or with one another. Individual nodes can subscribe to topics and receive data whenever other clients publish to those topics. Nodes can also...
Now available in beta, Facebook’s new SDK for Swift aims to make it easier for developers to integrate Facebook services into their iOS apps.
Apple has open-sourced its new lossless compression algorithm, LZFSE, introduced last year with iOS 9 and OS X 10.10. According to Apple, LZFE provides the same compression gain as ZLib level 5 while being 2x–3x faster and with higher energy efficiency.
Shark is a new open-source ORM framework for iOS that aims to be an easy-to-use replacement for Core Data by providing high-performance and thread-safety. InfoQ has spoken with Adrian Herridge, creator of Shark.
Apache Mynewt is an open source modular real-time operating system (RTOS) designed for operation on connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices that have limited memory and storage, and which need to run for long periods of time using minimal power. A press release by Arduino and the start-up Runtime describes Mynewt as "a composable OS for 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) that enables..."
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.