iOS/Android/WP7 Development


Facebook Revamps Open Source Tool for Faster Android Builds

Facebook has completely revamped a four-year-old open source tool it developed for code builds, resulting in faster compile times for Android projects.

Salesforce Unveils Enterprise Low-Code Tool for Customized, Branded Mobile Apps

Salesforce unveiled a new low-code tool to help enterprise users of its CRM-centric products more easily create customized, branded, mobile business apps.

It's Official: Kotlin Is a Hit with Android Devs

During the first KotlinConf underway in San Francisco, Google provided an update on the programming language's use for Android development, indicating that it's a big hit so far.

Firebase Mobile Back-End Integrates Crashlytics

Among a host of other improvements, Google's popular Firebase back-end solution for mobile app development is getting closer ties to Crashlytics, the equally popular crash-reporting tool it acquired early this year.

Perl Is Most 'Disliked' Programming Language on Stack Overflow

Putting a new twist on the programming language popularity game, Stack Overflow data scientists decided to explore the opposite, concluding that Perl is the most "disliked" language, followed by Delphi and VBA.

Microsoft Adds React Native Code Signing to Visual Studio Mobile Center

Company supports React Native even though it might be seen as a competitor to its Xamarin technology and built-in Apache Cordova projects in Visual Studio.

Analyst: Enterprise Low-Code Dev Platforms 'Here to Stay'

The low-code movement has arrived in a big way to meet the insatiable demand for enterprise apps in the face of an industry-wide skills shortage.

Just Released: Android Studio 3.0, Android 8.1 Developer Preview

Google announced the availability of the latest version of its flagship IDE, Android Studio 3.0, while also launching a developer preview of Android 8.1 (Oreo).

Java News Round-Up: Jelastic Supports New Java, oneM2M-Based APIs, Android Studio RC 2

Jelastic cloud platform now provides live support for the just-released Java EE 8 and Java SE 9 implementations; Orange and Deutsche Telekom announce results of their cloud API collaboration; and Google moves its Android IDE to release candidate 2 status.

Google Offers $1,000 Bug Bounties for Android Store Apps

To improve the security of Android apps offered in the Google Play store, the search giant has launched a bug bounty program to award $1,000 to hackers who discover bugs in select, popular apps and work with developers to fix them.

Swift Usage Declines as Devs Go Multiplatform for Mobile, Says Report

Programming with Swift is on the decline as mobile developers increasingly shift to multiplatform tools using C# (Xamarin) and JavaScript (Apache Cordova and Ionic), says the new report from the TIOBE Index, which measures language popularity.

Realm Upgrades Database-Centric Mobile Dev Platform

Realm has updated its mobile app development platform, adding a studio tool that gives developers new insights into stored device data and interactions with that data, among other new features.

Google Updates New Streaming Apps SDK

Google has updated the SDK for its Android streaming apps project -- called Instant Apps -- that it introduced this year, providing a way to bypass the traditional installation process.

Flaw Found in WPA2 Wireless Networking Security Protocol

WPA2, the gold-standard protocol for protecting Wi-Fi networks, has been found to have a serious security vulnerability.

Release Pressure Forces 40% of Devs to Skip App Testing, Study Says

While some say developers have a choice job because of high salaries, another study is out pointing to a pressure-cooker environment in which the rush to release causes coders to shortcut basic security practices -- to the point of not even testing apps.

Google Launches Cloud NoSQL Database for Mobile, Web Apps

Google announced a new cloud-based NoSQL database called Cloud Firestore for its Firebase development platform, which supports mobile and Web app programming.

Microsoft Edge on iOS/Android Bridges Mobile-Desktop Browser Divide

Microsoft today unveiled two apps that bring its Edge browser to iOS and Android while bridging the divide between mobile and desktop browsers, letting users seamlessly switch between the two while continuing on the same project.

Careers Site: iOS Coding Pays More than Android

Not only do Apple's mobile devices cost more, but developing for them also pays more -- to the tune of $7,000 annually -- according to careers site Dice.

Walmart Labs Open Sources React Native Integration Tool

Walmart Labs is continuing to open source homegrown tools it develops as part of its embrace of React Native, now offering Electrode Native to integrate the technology into existing mobile apps on a piecemeal basis, using containers.

Facebook Relents to Developer Pressure, Relicenses React

The open source licensing issue that threatened to derail the popular React JavaScript library has been resolved, with Facebook agreeing to relicense the project without a controversial patent grant.

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