Mobile Development

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

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

Google Android Lollipop
When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

Is Apple’s Swift Worth Your Development Time?

Apple Swift
At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple surprised many developers when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and OS X. For the past several months, more developers have been using Swift side-by-side with Objective-C, Cocoa, and Cocoa Touch to build apps, giving them a chance to see what Apple believes will serve as its future framework for all software produced by third-party developers. The big question on the minds of many in the industry, however,… continue…

Why App Developers Need to Understand HIPAA

Apple Health App
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is complicated, and comes with hefty penalties for violations. As developers build more and more apps that leverage users’ personal and health data, they need to understand how this law works. HIPAA protects personal health data during transactions between entities such as insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. It was amended last year to require those covered entities to also vouch for the privacy and security practices of their business associates: companies that… continue…

Do Mobile App Developers Need a Lawyer?

Apple Watch
Activity trackers, “smartwatches,” wearable electronics, and smartphones all come with more than the ability to record your daily steps taken or calories burned; the devices’ ability to record the nuances of daily activity—thanks in large part to a growing collection of third-party apps—has subjected them to quite a bit of privacy-related scrutiny. In a recent study, the Federal Trade Commission found 12 mobile health and fitness apps sending users’ personal information to 76 different third parties. Another study of the… continue…

Building Apps in Swift: Using Storyboards

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In our previous article on building apps with Apple’s Swift, we demonstrated how to use view controllers and views in code to craft a simple app. Before we begin with this next lesson, using storyboards to build an app in Swift, it’s worth revisiting that first piece. (The code that accompanies the piece is stored on SourceForge as “First Example.zip.”) Remember that view controllers in Swift manage two roles: they controls views on a page or part of a page,… continue…

iOS 8 Release Day: What You Need to Know

Apple iOS 8
It’s September, which means it’s time for Apple to release the latest version of its mobile operating system. If everything goes according to plan, everybody who owns an iPhone, iPod or iPad (or at least certain generations of those devices) will have the ability to download iOS 8 for free once it becomes available Sept. 17. In reality, the crush of people attempting to download the software will almost certainly lead to delays, device crashes, angry Tweets and Facebook postings,… continue…

Apple Watch: Worth Your Development Hours?

Apple Sport Watch
Although Apple revealed quite a bit about its new timepiece at yesterday’s keynote event, it didn’t offer much detail about the device’s developer SDK. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. But as the Apple Watch heads for release sometime in 2015, the role of developers in the device’s ecosystem will only increase in importance. Developers who take the plunge into smart watches will face some key challenges: Screen Size: The Apple Watch, along with rivals such as the new Moto… continue…

Business-App Developers: Pay Attention to Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift
Those who know about Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, assume that the company (along with third-party developers) will devote the bulk of its time and attention to gaming. After all, the firm boasts legendary game developer John Carmack as its CTO, and every video it produces seems to focus on the device’s ability to deliver an immersive gaming experience. With Oculus’s reputation on the rise (thanks in large part to its acquisition by Facebook), other companies… continue…

Check Out the Dice Job Search App 2.0

Dice Job Search App
Dice has released an updated version of the Dice Job Search App, loaded with nifty new features. The app, available for iOS devices, allows users to browse, share, and apply for thousands of open tech-pro jobs. New features include the ability to create a Dice account from within the app, add a resume to an account from your mobile device, and preview resumes and cover letters while on the go. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume.… continue…

Amazon’s Fire Phone Might Be a Flop

Amazon Fire Phone
In June, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Fire Phone, the online retailer’s first smartphone. Unlike Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, which compete at the low end of the touch-screen market, the Fire Phone is a premium device, built and priced to challenge Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy line. It runs Fire OS 3.5.0, an operating system built atop Google Android, and features apps such as Firefly, which detects objects in the environment and tells you whether they’re for sale… continue…