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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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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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Last-minute App Store rush ahead of holiday lockdown

Last-minute App Store rush ahead of holiday lockdown

The yearly race for inclusion in the iOS App Store before Apple's holiday lock-down is on, with iPhone and iPad developers desperate to get their titles in front of Christmas recipients of new gadgets. The eight-day downtime kicks of on Thursday 22 this year, the NYTimes reports, with not only new submissions for App Store inclusion being put on ice until staff return, but the download charts as well. Getting your app on one of those charts - and among the first to be considered by new iPhone, iPod touch and iPad owners - can mean big money returns.

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Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson outs ICS alpha for XPERIA arc S, Ray and Neo V

Sony Ericsson has released an Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 alpha ROM for XPERIA arc S, neo V and XPERIA ray owners, though there are some significant limitations to functionality that make it unsuitable for everyday use. The ROM - which is intended for those with unlocked XPERIA handsets complete with an unlocked bootloader - comes without Google's core apps, like Gmail and Google Maps, shuts off the cellular radio, WiFi and Bluetooth, deactivates ANT+ and doesn't yet support the FM radio.

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Windows Store for Windows 8 detailed

Windows Store for Windows 8 detailed

It's not just the Windows 8 Developer Preview coming in February 2012; Microsoft will also launch the Windows Store, its download center for Windows 8-based PCs, notebooks and tablets. The Windows 8 app store will include in-app purchasing and trials, along with support for subscriptions, while Microsoft's revenue split with developers is set up to particularly reward those with top tier software. Those looking to get in through the door early can take part in Microsoft's new First Apps Contest.

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Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone overtakes RIM in developer interest

Windows Phone 7 has apparently overtaken RIM's BlackBerry OS to be the third most interesting platform for app developers, according to new research, with Microsoft's partnership with Nokia a key driving factor. Apple's iOS remains in the top spot for developer attention, Appcelerator's Q4 2011 report suggests, with 91-percent of those coders questioned reporting that they were "very interested" in creating iPhone apps; in contrast, 38-percent said the same about Windows Phone 7, with 28-percent saying they were keen to code for the Nokia Lumia 800 in particular.

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iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

iTunes Match library reset signals imminent launch

Apple's long promised iTunes Match feature may finally be nearing launch after the company missed its end of October deadline. Developers received notice today that Apple will be resetting and erasing their iCloud libraries on November 12 at 10AM PST so that the company can prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, although it did not specify when the service would publicly debut.

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Nokia confirms free Lumia Windows Phone for loyal devs

Nokia confirms free Lumia Windows Phone for loyal devs

Nokia has confirmed that developers in its Launchpad project will be automatically receiving one of the 25,000 free Windows Phone 7 handsets the company has promised to coders in recent weeks, following up on the original free phone offer back in February. Launchpad members - who also got a free E7 - join Nokia Developer Champions in receiving either a Lumia 800 or Lumia 710, as well as a rebate on Microsoft's App Hub membership fee.

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