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Facebook unveils SDK for Swift beta

The company this month announced the Facebook SDK for Swift beta, which enables developers to integrate their iOS mobile apps with services on the social network.

Rumors continue to indicate Apple Watch 2's September arrival

Rumors persist that a new version of the Apple smartwatch, the Apple Watch 2, could be released in September. 

 

Nintendo ramps up smart device development team

Count Nintendo among the companies on the lookout for mobile developers with smart device experience. 

 

A Google-manufactured Android phone could give Android development more appeal

If Google creates its own Android phone, it could avoid fragmentation and become more appealing for developers to consider creating Android apps.

Microsoft's acquisition of Wand Labs could spell a new era for conversational intelligence

The acquisition could allow Microsoft to progress with its "Conversation as a Platform" goals and break new ground in conversational and machine intelligence. However, it also means Wand will shut down its service and PlugIn API.

 

Should developers get ready to tango with PHAB2 Pro?

Lenovo has unveiled its PHAB2 Pro, the world's first Tango-enabled smartphone designed to deliver augmented reality experiences. While it could be a game-changer for the device market, the opportunity for app developers isn't entirely clear.

Apple's WWDC 2016 an iOS watershed for developers

Apple wants to empower developers to deliver a "world-changing" experience through its platforms, a mission the company promoted in its keynote address at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Is Microsoft officially waving the white flag on Windows Phone development?

Microsoft recently announced plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware business, a move that could affect Windows Phone developers worldwide. Although nothing is official, Microsoft appears ready to move past Windows Phone development, and the move may prove to be a good one for a number of reasons.

Google's revamped Firebase promises ongoing improved support

Remember Firebase, aka the backend-as-a-service (BaaS) provider that Google acquired in October 2014? Now, Firebase is expanding to become a "unified app platform for Android, iOS and mobile web development."

Reduce Google Play app security risks or watch your brand die

Are your Google Play apps secure? If not, they could put your end users as well as your brand reputation and revenues at risk. And while Google has launched a program to improve security of apps while they're still in development, it can't substitute for good security practices by devs themselves.