iOS/Android/WP7 Development


Dropbox Abandons Cross-Platform C++ for Mobile, Goes Native

Is the Holy Grail of cross-platform code-sharing for iOS and Android mobile apps attainable? Dropbox doesn't think so -- at least not with C++.

Researchers Offer Tool to Vet Possible Insecure Mobile Backends

New research indicates that even though mobile developers may follow security best practices in their projects, their apps may be contacting cloud-based backend platforms that can introduce vulnerabilities without their knowledge.

Application Development Research Predicts Low-Code Tooling Takeover

Low-code development tools, having grown and matured during a time of increased enterprise app demand and a programming skills shortage, will be used for most application development by 2024, research firm Gartner Inc. predicts.

SCADE Update Furthers Mobile Cross-Platform Swift Programming

SCADE, described as a next-generation mobile application development platform that allows Apple's open source Swift programming language to be used for Android apps in addition to iOS, now supports Swift 5 thanks to an update.

AWS Mobile Back-End Framework Adds Machine Learning Functionality

The Amazon cloud is continuing its mission "to put machine learning in the hands of every developer" with new functionality for AWS Amplify, a back-end development framework for mobile and Web apps.

Android Studio 'Project Marble' Improvement Program Ending Soon

In an Ask Me Anything event on the programming section of the Reddit site, Android engineers who held online court to answer all questions indicated that Project Marble, an Android Studio improvement program, will be ending soon.

Google Taps Arm's Memory Tagging to Fight Android Bugs

With memory-safety bugs continuing to haunt developers of all types -- especially those using C++ -- Google will borrow from Arm's memory tagging scheme to harden its Android mobile platform development.

Malware Index Advises Android Developers of Suspicious Apps on Google Play

Secure-D has unveiled a free mobile malware center that lets developers and others see suspicious Android apps.

Mendix Low-Code Release Targets 'Citizen' and 'Pro' Developers

Reflecting an industry trend, low-code specialist Mendix announced a new release designed both for the traditional target audience -- "ordinary business users" or "citizen developers" -- and professional developers.

Open Source NativeScript 6.0 Released for JavaScript-Based iOS, Android Development

Development tooling specialist Progress released NativeScript 6.0, a major update to its open source framework for creating native iOS and Android apps with JavaScript with 100 percent code reuse.

Low-Code Specialists Dominate 'Multiexperience Development Platform' Ranking

With the infiltration of new technologies in the mobile app development space, Gartner Inc. has renamed its former mobile-centric series of research reports to "multiexperience," and the first such offering shows familiar low-code vendors leading the pack.

Flutter 1.7 Supports AndroidX as Dev Team Struggles with Bug Reports Amid Popularity Hike

Flutter, Google's open source, cross-platform mobile UI framework, has been updated to version 1.7, sporting support for AndroidX, enhanced Android App Bundles functionality and more.

Facebook Open Sources Hermes JavaScript Engine for Better React Native Performance

After reaching a React Native performance impasse while building internal apps, Facebook engineers identified the JavaScript engine as a primary bottleneck, so they created and open sourced their own engine.

Android Q Beta 5 Solidifies Final System Behaviors, Release Candidate Is Next

With Android Q developer APIs already finalized, a new Beta 5 release is nailing down system behaviors in advance of final release coming this quarter.

Start-Up Emerges from Stealth with AI Bots for Mobile App Testing Grunt Work

A company called Mesmer has emerged from stealth mode with Intel-backed funding and a plan to relieve mobile app developers from the drudgery of customer experience software testing, putting AI-powered bots to the task.

Firm Unveils Upload-and-Protect Cloud Security Tool for Mobile Developers

Persistent mobile app development security issues -- in an age of unrelenting demand for more enterprise mobile apps -- can now be addressed with a cloud-based, upload-and-protect service.

Microsoft Engineers Detail Polyglot Approach to Android Development

Microsoft engineers are detailing their approach to Android development in a series of blog posts, with the first installment pointing to a decidedly independent, polyglot approach from different teams spread across the world.

Open Source Kotlin Continues to Climb

Kotlin is continuing its "meteoric" rise in the software development world, with recent research providing new insights into its increasing popularity.

Research Firm Ranks Low-Code Platforms for Business Developers

Forrester Research published a new report on low-code platforms for business developers, ranking 12 vendors on enterprise application development and delivery (AD&D) criteria.

New Xcode 11 Beta 2 Helps Coders Try Out SwiftUI

By many accounts, Apple's new SwiftUI development framework was the hit of the company's big developer conference earlier this month, and the new Xcode 11 Beta 2 can help coders put it through its paces with new functionality.

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