Mobile Development

Articles on smartphones and tablets, including trends, product development, consumer demands, and BYOD.

Why You Might Want to Hold Off Developing Apps for Windows 8

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Microsoft executives have spent the past year and a half promoting Windows 8’s app store, in the hope that third-party developers would create a thriving ecosystem of games and productivity software. What’s the result of all that time and energy? As InfoWorld relates in a new posting, some 150,000 apps currently reside in the Windows Store—not a very impressive number, when you consider the number of Windows devices currently on the market, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of… continue…

Google Glass on Sale: Who’s Buying?

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Google has made its Google Glass augmented-reality headsets available for sale April 15. There’s just one catch: It’s a one-day sale, starting at 9 A.M. EST. “Any adult in the U.S. can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax—and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers,” reads Google’s official posting on the matter. “The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar… continue…

Amazon’s Fire OS: Worth Your Development Time?

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If rumors (and The Wall Street Journal) prove correct, Amazon will release a smartphone near the end of 2014. Those rumors have percolated for quite some time; in early 2013, for example, Amazon hired a former manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience to work on “something secret,” which sparked a flurry of publications proclaiming that such a device was in the works. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Amazon already has a handful of branded devices on the… continue…

What Microsoft Dropping Windows Licensing Fees Means for You

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Microsoft plans on offering Windows licenses for free to manufacturing partners who install the operating system on devices with screens smaller than nine inches. This is a wholesale shredding of the company’s traditional playbook, which dictated that all Microsoft software come with a licensing fee of some sort, and it suggests the danger that Google Android and Apple’s iOS pose to Windows’ traditional dominance of the operating-system space. To wit: a few years ago, the PC sat at the center… continue…

Cortana, Google Now, Siri Will Change How You Build Apps

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This week, Microsoft finally unveiled Cortana, its long-rumored digital assistant that will roll out with Windows Phone 8.1. Like Apple’s Siri and Google Now, Cortana can interpret and act upon voice commands; it also keeps a “notebook” loaded with the user’s personal information, the better to serve up useful data about nearby restaurants, latest sports scores, and more. Other features include event-specific reminders (for example, you can ask your Windows Phone to prod you to bring up a particular topic… continue…

Snoopy Drone Shows Lax Smartphone Security

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A remote-controlled quadcopter named “Snoopy” prowled the streets of London in late March, collecting confidential data from the smartphones of passersby at the rate of about 150 victims per hour. Included in the haul were usernames and passwords to PayPal, Amazon, Yahoo and other sites that represent concentration points for the financial and identity-management data of millions of users. Click here to find mobile security jobs. Snoopy is the cutting edge of mobile-security technology, but not in the way most… continue…

Why App Developers Face Such Long Odds

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Why did the app developer move back home with his mom? Sure, that sounds like the setup for a joke—but for many developers, it’s also reality: despite the much-publicized stories of app-builders and startup founders making millions (or even billions) off the software they’ve built, the substantial majority earn only just enough to get by, according to a new column in the Harvard Business Review. Click here for app development jobs. “Encouraging kids to blow off schoolwork to write apps,… continue…

Take Note: Next Android Version Could Be More Enterprise-Friendly

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A new report suggests the next version of Google Android will come with security enhancements specifically designed to make the smartphone platform more attractive to businesses. Citing a pair of unnamed sources close to the project, The Information claims that the Android upgrade is a “major effort” focused especially on hardening the platform against potential attacks. In addition to improved encryption, the extra security could include support for biometric authentication and new APIs for remotely managing and wiping devices. Click… continue…

5 Mobile Apps for Mobile Developers

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Did you know that Google Play offers apps designed to help mobile developers become more effective and knowledgeable? Let’s look at a few I’ve found are handy to have on your Android to make your mobile dev life easier. XDA Developers Everybody knows about the wizards at XDA Developers. They’ve hacked just about every kind of Android device since the beginning of time. Their smartphone app gives users a direct line into the latest forum threads. Do you need help… continue…

Amazon Offers Developers Better Cross-Platform Tools

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Amazon wants integration with its services to be easy for developers and consumers alike, so it’s enticing developers to create better cross-platform experiences by opening GameCircle, Whispersync, Analytics and in-app purchasing to new platforms. So now developers can take advantage of Amazon services on mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop apps (Mac, Windows). iOS is limited to GameCircle, Whispersync and Analytics. The hoped-for result: Developers have a stable back-end platform while Amazon consumers get a frictionless buying process. Extending Amazon’s application… continue…