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Gartner: Enterprise mobile development spending is too low to meet demand

Even though demand for mobile apps in the enterprise is increasing, enterprise mobile app development's average budget proportion has actually declined since last year.

Apple introduces Swift 3 developer preview

Apple has unveiled a developer preview of version 3.0 of its Swift programming language. The new version, which will become generally available later this year, features broader Swift community support, open development and capacity for faster build times.

Apple's iOS 10: Five key features developers will love


For Apple, iOS 10 represents "the biggest release ever of the world's most advanced mobile operating system." Here are five things that mobile developers need to know about the latest version.

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.

App-install ad revenue tracks toward $5.5B in 2016

Mobile app-install ads, that is, ad units that direct users to download a mobile app, may drive U.S. mobile ad revenue growth over the next few years.

Developer creates iPhone case that lets users run Android

Mobile developer Nick Lee appears to have cracked the code for bringing Android to the Apple iPhone, and devs around the industry are intrigued.

Windows Holographic and Google Daydream may be the future of app development


Both Microsoft and Google are making noise in the augmented reality/virtual reality market, and their recent moves may transform how mobile developers approach this sector.

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.

VisionMobile says few developers are creating software 'for the fun of it'

Most developers work as professionals, according to a recent analysis conducted by business management consultant VisionMobile, with only a few creating apps just for enjoyment.

Apple's new Search Ads, revamped subscription updates leave devs dubious

Apple has introduced new tools and capabilities designed to help developers "engage with new and existing customers on the App Store." Developers aren't so sure that the capabilities are a plus for them, however.

Want to give Alexa development a try? Echoism.io is here to help

Want to find out what the Amazon Alexa Voice Service is all about? Now, Amazon is empowering developers to give Alexa a try thanks to its Echoism.io Alexa skill testing tool.

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.

Party like a pop star: Glu Mobile launches Britney Spears mobile title

Glu Mobile is making it easier than ever for Britney Spears fans to make their pop star dreams come true, thanks to its new free-to-play mobile game. 

One-third of consumers will give up on a brand after one poor mobile experience, study shows

Most consumers would "take action" against a brand that failed to meet their expectations, according to a new study conducted by experienced management platform provider Sitecore and technology market research firm Vanson Bourne. 

Microsoft woos developers with Skype for Business App SDK Preview


Microsoft is enabling developers to integrate instant messaging, audio and video experiences into their custom iOS and Android applications. While its initial focus is to drive "remote advisor" solutions, the SDK could also be a draw to developing for the Office platform, and beyond.

 

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."

More than 75 percent of new app users fail to return the day after first use, study shows

User retention remains an ongoing challenge for many mobile application developers, which is reflected in a new study from mobile marketing automation platform provider Appboy. 

'Cool!' devs say as SoftBank adds Android support for Pepper robot

SoftBank Robotics now is allowing Android developers to create apps for its Pepper humanoid robot. The company has launched the Pepper SDK for Android Studio beta, a software development kit that allows developers to implement apps on the Android platform.

Android Wear 2.0, Daydream mobile VR highlight 'the next evolution of Google'

Google showcased its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch and Daydream mobile virtual reality technologies at Google I/O in Mountain View, California last week, and both tools could reshape the way developers collaborate with the technology giant. 

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.