iOS/Android/WP7 Development


Realm Adds Serverless Functionality to Data-Centric Mobile Platform

Realm is continuing to build upon its database-centric mobile app development platform, adding a new logic layer to incorporate back-end, serverless functionality.

Kotlin Gets First-Class Support on Android

Android developers were already able to use Kotlin through a plug-in, but from now on it'll ship alongside Java and C++ with the official Android IDE.

Google Is Open Sourcing Firebase SDKs for App Back-End Services

Google is open sourcing the client libraries of its Firebase mobile/Web development platform, which supports apps with a host of back-end services such as the popular Crashlytics crash reporting tool.

Xamarin Live Player Eases iOS Development from Windows (But You'll Still Need a Mac)

Microsoft this week clarified how iOS development will work with the new Xamarin-based tooling announced at the recent Build developers conference: It's easier, but a Mac will still be needed at some point.

New Android O Preview 2 Is First 'Beta-Quality Candidate'

Google today unveiled Android O Developer Preview 2, which it described as "our first beta-quality candidate" for its upcoming flagship mobile OS revamp.

Another Research Firm Tackles Low-Code Tools

Gartner is the latest major research firm to turn its attention to the burgeoning low-code movement, spawned by enterprises' increasing appetite for mobile/Web apps in the face of a dearth of qualified professional developers.

Ionic Partners with AWS for Mobile Back-End Starter Project on GitHub

To help Ionic developers navigate the intricacies of cloud-hosted services to support such apps with back-end functionality -- such as storage, databases, security, user management and more -- Ionic teamed up with Amazon Web Services on a starter mobile app they hosted on GitHub.

Is 'Visual Studio for Mac' Really Visual Studio?

After Microsoft today announced the general availability of Visual Studio for Mac, many developers on forum sites questioned if it's really the same IDE that Windows users have known and loved for years, or a refactored, rebadged and rebranded version of Xamarin Studio -- and no less than Xamarin chief Miguel de Icaza himself weighed in with some answers.

Apple Adds Discovery, Referrer Data to App Analytics Tool

Apple has updated its App Analytics tool, adding data about how users discover an app and the other apps or Web sites that provide referrals.

Researchers: Open Android Ports Leave Millions Vulnerable

Researchers at the University of Michigan have published a paper in which they break new ground in investigating security implications of open Internet ports in Android applications, finding flawed apps that leave millions of users vulnerable to attack.

Deco Software Acquired, Leaving Its React Native IDE to Live On in Open Source

Developer tools company Deco Software Inc. is closing shop to join Airbnb, leaving its React Native IDE to live on in open source only.

Report: Enterprise Mobility Focus Shifts to ROI

As enterprise mobility initiatives mature, their focus is increasingly shifting to boosting the bottom line, concludes a new report from Mobile Application Management specialist Apperian.

App Economy Report: 'Big Data Will Lead the Way'

A mobile industry association report reveals some 500,000 unfilled computing jobs right now, and that in the future, "Big Data will lead the way" as mobile apps both receive information and send key data to the cloud in real-time.

Facebook Tackles Android UIs with New Open Source Tool

Facebook has taken key tenets of its popular React JavaScript library -- such as declarative programming using chained components with immutable inputs and unidirectional data flow -- and applied them to a framework for creating UIs for Android.

Facebook Modernizes Open Source Relay JavaScript Framework for Mobile

Facebook today announced a new version of Relay -- its open source JavaScript framework for building data-driven applications -- that improves performance on mobile devices.

Rollout Rolls Out Mobile App Features in a New Way

Rollout.io today announced a new way to roll out features to iOS mobile apps by targeting different groups of users to try out changes before widespread distribution.

Android Studio 2.4 Preview 6 Fixes Java 8 Support

Google is continuing to implement support for Java 8 in its Android mobile OS, last week issuing Android Studio 2.4 Preview 6, which fixes numerous bugs associated with the company's new way of working with the latest edition of its default programming language.

Microsoft Responds to Developer Requests in Visual Studio Mobile Center Updates

Since announcing the preview of its Visual Studio Mobile Center last November, Microsoft has been steadily improving it, most recently with support for Visual Studio Team Services and more.

Apple TestFlight Now Does A/B App Testing

Up until this week, there was no easy way to use it for A/B testing in which multiple builds are tweaked to compare different features and designs.

Red Hat Tool Estimates Enterprise Mobile App Complexity, Cost

Red Hat today published an online tool that helps organizations estimate the complexity involved and time required to build a mobile app depending upon answers to a questionnaire.

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