App Development

Microsoft revamps Windows Phone Dev Center

Microsoft revamps Windows Phone Dev Center

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows Phone as appealing as possible, adding new features and functionality that will make an appearance in Windows Phone 8 come October. Apps are what really drives a mobile ecosystem at the end of the day, so Microsoft’s new Windows Phone Dev Center should help developers keep on top of app development and management going forward. The company has given the Dev Center an all new layout, along with new options and support for PayPal payments.

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Windows Phone 8 SDK leaks out

Windows Phone 8 SDK leaks out

Windows Phone 8 isn’t due to launch until the Fall, but it looks like the full SDK has leaked out of China. The 1.35GB download was served up on Chinese forums WPXAP, and includes a whole host of files that will enable developers to get up to speed with the latest version of Windows Phone. Users are still scrambling to download the SDK, although the file is also reportedly available on Microsoft’s own servers, provided you have the necessary login details to get at it.

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Facebook ‘Want’ button discovered in latest SDK

Facebook ‘Want’ button discovered in latest SDK

A Facebook developer by the name of Tom Waddington stumbled across something completely new within the latest version of the Facebook SDK, hinting that the social networking giant may be working on a new “Want” button similar to the ever so popular “Like” button. Waddington managed to insert it into his website, which similarly resembles the Like button. Anyone signed in to Facebook can press it to “want this.” What results from there is a red error message.

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Google releases Drive SDK 2.0

Google releases Drive SDK 2.0

Google looks to be getting serious in its quest for online storage, announcing some new features at the Day 2 I/O keynote that will take on competitors like Dropbox and Evernote. One of those is in the introduction of Google Drive SDK 2.0, which will allow app developers for Android and iOS to implement Drive functionality straight into their mobile apps.

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Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon SDK for Android

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon SDK for Android

We’ve seen SoC exclusive app stores and games in the past thanks to NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone, but now Qualcomm is hoping to to leverage its own hardware with a new SDK. The Snapdragon SDK for Android allows developers to tap into various features available on the hardware platform that were previously unavailable thanks to new APIs. The first release is only available for the Snapdragon S4 8960 processor, but Qualcomm say more will be added over time.

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Qualcomm AllJoyn proximity-based peer-to-peer technology hands-on

Qualcomm AllJoyn proximity-based peer-to-peer technology hands-on

This month we got the opportunity to speak with Qualcomm on a technology of theirs by the name of AllJoyn, made to allow proximity-based device-to-device communication possible without the use of an intermediary server. We've got hands-on looks with smartphone games, tablet games, music and document applications, and some tablet-to-television action as well all lined up for you here. Discover what makes Qualcomm's all-inclusive framework surrounding this powerful technology so great!

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Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

Microsoft Visual Studio brings Gamification to app development

So you're the sort of person who works best if you know there's a reward at the end of the battle - or better yet, you do best when you know you're competing against someone else for the biggest amount of stars, goals, or flags - you're in luck if you're a developer working to create Microsoft-based applications! What's going on here is that Microsoft is bringing forth a plug-in for their app-development software Visual Studio. This plug-in, aptly titled Visual Studio Achievements, has you the developer unlock badges and compete with your fellow coders on a leader board.

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Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

Developers: an Android 2011 Retrospective

When we look back at this year, we'll think of it as the year of the birth of the dual-core mobile super chip, the double CPU processor becoming the status quo for a smartphone or tablet running Android, this the single most important thing to those who use the devices as tiny computers while the term "4G" dominates the memories of the masses, but it's developers that mattered most. There's no thinking about Android this year without recognizing that it's still running alongside Apple's iOS, the iPhone, and the iPad 2 as its primary competitors, and as its own user interface changes drastically, its competitors instead tweak functionality inside their already set-in-stone aesthetic. Then there's the battles between manufacturers, carriers, and Android versions too, but none of this existed outside the underground of hackers, developers, and tweakers galore!

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App Developers believe iOS will beat out Android this holiday season

App Developers believe iOS will  beat out Android this holiday season

iOS hit big this past October by surpassing 18 billion total downloads. But the Android Market has 10 billion total app downloads so far, and is growing at a rate of 1 billion a month. Who will turn out to be the victor in the smartphone category? At the Le Web Conference, Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, made a sweeping declaration that “Android is ahead of the iPhone now.”

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ARM launches toolkit for Android – Promises better performance than Java code

ARM launches toolkit for Android – Promises better performance than Java code

Today, ARM announced their new Android development toolkit, Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Community Edition (CE). The free software will let Android developers create applications that can run up to four times faster than Java code on Android. What makes it unique compared to the SDK and NDK development tools is that DS-5 CE will help developers to be more energy efficient in terms of performance.

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