App Development

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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Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Facebook Open Graph ushers in new serendipitous era for apps [Video]

Open Graph is a whole new class of apps, this is the main message that Zuckerberg wants to push forth this week at f8 2011. Open Graph apps allow you to add activity to your news stream without having to press "OK" ever again. No more prompts, ever. With this functionality, "discovering new things through your friends", one of the main goals of the future of apps on Facebook, being accomplished simply. With Open Graph apps you will get a single "permissions" page that'll have you allowing all publishing all at once - Frictionless Experiences and Real-time Serendipity are the big power-points here, and sharing on the fly in real time is the vehicle.

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Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

Developers: Android Fragmentation is a “Huge” Problem

The results of a survey of 250 working developers suggest that though more developers are actively creating apps for Android, they also have serious concerns about the platform. The survey was conducted by Baird's William Powers, and released Monday. Among the concerns are device fragmentation, store fragmentation, app visibility, and the ability to get paid. Our own Ben Bajarin has had similar concerns, especially about the security of apps on Android. Continue after the break for more details.

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Windows Phone 7 App Marketplace Growing

Windows Phone 7 App Marketplace Growing

Microsoft says that its Windows Phone App marketplace is growing, and that it is adding 100 new apps a day. Microsoft's selection of apps, at 9,000, is still tiny compared to Apple's or Android's. Apple, for example, has over 350,000 apps, and there are more than 100,000 apps in the Android marketplace. But according to the Windows Phone Developer blog, there are 32,000 registered developers working on apps right now.

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App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

App Submissions Begin for BlackBerry PlayBook Through BlackBerry App World

Remember waaay back a month ago when RIM announced a sup-$500 BlackBerry tablet by the name of PlayBook? Well now you can get your developer belt tightened and start submitting apps for it to BlackBerry App World through their vendor portal. Hooray! Terms and conditions below, including the fact that you'll be submitting .BAR files instead of .COD files. Get pumped up and start pumping out!

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How Microsoft Got 1,000 Plus Apps Developed for the Launch of Windows Phone 7

How Microsoft Got 1,000 Plus Apps Developed for the Launch of Windows Phone 7

According to a source "familiar with Microsoft's developer outreach" speaking with GigaOM says that as the company got ready to attack the whole Windows Phone 7 situation, the split off into two teams: a depth team made to reach approximately 50 of the top app makers in the world, and a breadth team made to access the rest of the developer community and offer them support. What did that depth team do? Dish out the cash! Sources speaking with Ryan Kim note that in many cases, Microsoft offered either revenue guarantees or developers to work with companies to develop their particular WP7 app. Amongst those built or payed by Microsoft are: IMDb, Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, and Amazion, plus more.

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