When developers walked into Google I/O last year they were probably expecting updates to Android and some additional tools, but the introduction of its Material Design guidelines was something of a surprise. This year, however, may be the moment when Material Design starts to make a material difference to the way Android apps are created.
No matter what Google announces at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco this week, it will be hard to top its Games In Motion source code for Android Wear, based on social media comments from app developers.
FierceDeveloper recently connected with Steve Hegenderfer by phone to discuss the Innovation Series and other efforts his group is making to empower developers who want to be a part of the IoT action.
Social and communication apps were the No. 1 app category based on sessions per active user in the first quarter of this year, according to App Annie. The mobile analytics firm released its Insights Into App Engagement report based on data from its usage intelligence platform.
iOS developers rarely get firm deadlines from Apple, but some are scratching their heads over speculation about when devices supporting its HomeKit protocol will be widely available.
When you're the third choice--and a distant third choice at that--the only option you have is to be the best third choice imaginable. That, in essence, is what Microsoft proved with the latest plank in its "universal app" strategy.
A handful of comments on social media aren't enough to deliver the final verdict, but developers on Twitter are offering a very public look into the early days of Apple Analytics beta.
They're larger than a smartphone and smaller than a tablet, and according to Flurry, 20 percent of all active devices are now phablets. The analytics division of Yahoo recently released a report that looked at the growth of the category over the last several years based on data from its proprietary platform.
Of course, I expected the recent launch of the Apple Watch to be a big day for developers. I knew many of them would try to make good use of the product's availability as an opportunity to introduce new apps and games. Rather than a major step forward into the future of technology, however, the whole thing took me back more than a decade into technology's past.
Facebook has worked hard to not only create a place where people want to share personal information, but an area that's attractive to app developers. Based on Twitter commentary, however, those developers are less than impressed with changes to its API.