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Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

Windows Tango getting C++ support, 120 languages

In a leaked set of key points from a developer event in India this week, codesters were given a bit of information on the upcoming hero version of Windows Phone, that being code-name Tango. This version of Windows Phone will first of all be supporting C++ code use by developers, this giving them a much more low-level bit of control for their apps in the pipeline. Then there's language support: here moving the current support for 35 languages in Windows Phone Mango up to 120 languages for Tango - that's a boost!

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Motorola takes on Google Nexus with RAZR Developer Edition

Motorola takes on Google Nexus with RAZR Developer Edition

Motorola is taking on Google's Galaxy Nexus at its own game, courting Android coders with a Developer Edition variant of its own RAZR smartphone. The RAZR XT910 Developer Edition is functionally identical to the existing GSM RAZR, but will come supplied with an unlocked bootloader so as to make installing unofficial firmware builds possible. However, in return, Motorola will withhold the warranty, so if users brick their phone they're on their own.

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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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Mix nixed for 2012, event merger oncoming

Mix nixed for 2012, event merger oncoming

The folks at Microsoft have announced today that they'll be doing away with the yearly MIX developer conference starting this year in favor of moving it up and into a new developer conference later in the year which they will be announcing soon. What we're perhaps looking at here is a hope that the Windows Phone community will have grown to an equitable level by then given the popularity of the Nokia devices released early this year, but as Microsoft says, the Web Community being no longer separate from the developer community as it has been in the past makes for a better conference in a single form in the future. This means that there will, barring disasters before then, be a conference at the end of 2012 instead of any earlier.

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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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Android Design site targets iOS-style app consistency in ICS

Android Design site targets iOS-style app consistency in ICS

Google has launched the Android Design site, a page of guidelines, design principles, UI best-practice and style shortcuts for developers working with Ice Cream Sandwich. Made up both of guiding principles for apps and interfaces, such as "delight me in surprising ways" and "let me make it mine", as well as the actual building blocks of an Android UI, including tabs, seek bars, switches and spinners, the site marks Google's most obvious attempt to-date to get all Android coders on the same style-sheet.

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Qualcomm Vuforia touted by Grover the Monster

Qualcomm Vuforia touted by Grover the Monster

The folks at Qualcomm have shown off their newest platform connection with Vuforia and Sesame Street Workshop. What they're doing here is connecting with this set of tools to help advance the world of children's education with the Sesame Street Workshop. To do this, they brought no less a character than Grover himself on stage to show off a toy called the Sesame Street Playset, a basic set of toys with one gigantic innovation: it works with a table to do augmented reality through its camera.

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AT&T ARO Application Resource Optimizer tool detailed

AT&T ARO Application Resource Optimizer tool detailed

The folks at AT&T have detailed a set of tools that'll allow apps to run faster, use less power, and consumer bandwidth more efficiently, as they say. There are two components to this system: a data logger and an offline resource analyzer. You take a device, collect data, and transfer the data to a PC which shows the data dissected to the level you wish. This took is currently available to developers through AT&T's developer site, it already working with Pandora and Zynga, Tom Conrad and Jeff Zakrzewski of those groups speaking on the tool.

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AT&T details Developer Program starts with API Platform

AT&T details Developer Program starts with API Platform

This week AT&T re-introduced themselves as a large proponent in the developer world for the mobile world, saying the apps that the developers create are the fundamental bits of the mobile experience. This developer program started all the way back in 1996, 16 years ago that is, much MUCH before the first "smart" phone. They began with their brand new API platform this week, this providing APIs, Tools, and Support to developers across the board, the development console powered by Apigee and the whole system based on HTML 5.

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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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