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LG's gambit to open G5 expansion slot doesn't guarantee developers will show up

LG Electronics is now providing developers with a software development kit and hardware development kit to help them design and deploy apps for its G5 modular smartphone. Sounds great for devs, but it may not be meaningful in the long run.

Facebook F8 conference's key developer tools may reshape social media app landscape

What should developers expect from Facebook over the next decade? Here are three key takeaways from the F8 conference, a gathering that highlighted the social media site's 10-year history and announced new technologies that may reshape the development landscape.

Microsoft commits to open-source Xamarin with its Visual Studio announcement

Microsoft launched a free community version of Xamarin Studio for OS X at its Build 2016 event in San Francisco last month. And Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers now can access Xamarin's enterprise capabilities at no additional cost. Sounds great, but what do these announcements really mean for developers?

What does cloud mean for app developers?

Experience plays an important role in an app developer's decision to develop cloud apps, according to recent data from market analysis firm VisionMobile. And with cloud becoming a substantial growth opportunity for the industry, it's more important than ever to learn how to build cloud apps now.

Are app developers ready for the latest Apple devices?

Apple last week unveiled two devices that may transform the way many iOS app developers design iPad and iPhone offerings. But the changes raise questions about how these developers can deliver user-friendly apps on smaller screens.

Cisco's $150M investment in Spark ecosystem, APIs could boost its popularity with developers

Cisco released Spark in December, a service that enables users to set up video rooms and connect their phones to the cloud. The manufacturer also gave developers free rein, providing them with open application programming interfaces (APIs) they can use to create apps designed to extend Spark's value and help it catch fire in the app industry.

Are developers ready to deal with new, rapidly evolving security threats?

Designing a secure app often challenges developers, due in part to the rapidly evolving threat landscape that puts both mobile developers and users at risk. How can developers secure their apps consistently?

Microsoft's Xamarin purchase: 3 key takeaways for app developers

Microsoft has added a mobile app development platform provider to its portfolio. The technology giant has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows C# and F# developers to build mobile apps on iOS, Android and Windows devices.What does Microsoft's acquisition of Xamarin mean for app developers?

MWC 2016: Three big stories app developers may have missed

Which newsmakers made noise at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona? Here's a closer look at three MWC stories that will directly affect app developers this year.

Connecting with users makes app marketing as much art as science, AppsFlyer, Localytics stats show

When are mobile device users downloading apps most frequently? And what draws these users to certain apps over others? A new study from mobile app tracking platform provider AppsFlyer provided insights into these questions