developers

  • Android apps can now react to your environment

    Android apps can now react to your environment

    What if the apps on your phone knew where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even what the weather was like outside, and then combined this information to react intelligently to your current situation? Would that be creepy or amazing? We will soon find out, it seems. At this week’s Google I/O conference, the company introduced new tools for app developers that… Read More

  • Android developers get new beta testing, analytics and pre-launch tools in Google Play

    Android developers get new beta testing, analytics and pre-launch tools in Google Play

    Google is launching a major update to its Play developer services today that should make life a little bit easier for Android developers. With 65 billion app installs in 2015, Google obviously knows a little bit about what its developers want; with this update, the company is focusing on giving developers more tools to test their apps before a new (or first) release. While Google Play… Read More

  • Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Majority of apps lost over 10% of downloads due to last week’s App Store glitches

    Last week’s App Store issues caused headaches for users who, for several hours during the morning on May 5th, were unable to surface apps using keyword searches. This affected top apps like Uber, Spotify, Google, YouTube, Tumblr and many others, as well as apps from smaller developers. Now we know what sort of impact that outage had on the affected applications. According new analysis… Read More

  • Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

    Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands… Read More

  • Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google Play is now labelling which apps contain ads

    Google has just made a change to its mobile application storefront, Google Play, which will help customers make better decisions about the apps they want to download: it’s now displaying if an app contains advertisements. This label will now appear alongside the existing designation which indicates if an app offers in-app purchases, the company has confirmed to TechCrunch. The change… Read More

  • Xamarin launches major update to its cross-platform development tools

    Xamarin launches major update to its cross-platform development tools

    Xamarin, the cross-platform development platform Microsoft recently acquired, is holding its annual developer conference today. No developer conference would be complete without a large number of announcements and Xamarin — almost as if to show that the Microsoft acquisition hasn’t stalled its momentum — is launching updates to almost all of the core features of its… Read More

  • Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

    Google showcases the best Android apps for its first-ever Google Play Awards

    Apple has historically doled out annual awards to those third-party app developers that it believes have created the best apps and games over the past 12 months. Now, Google is launching its own take on app awards with the debut of what it’s calling the “Google Play Awards.” But while familiar in concept, Google’s version will tweak the formula somewhat from… Read More

  • Mesosphere open sources its data center OS

    Mesosphere open sources its data center OS

    Mesosphere‘s Data Center Operating System (DC/OS) aims to allow developers and admins to treat a data center as a single computer that runs applications in software containers. It’s based on a number of open-source projects, including the Apache Mesos cluster manager and projects like the Chronos scheduler and the Marathon container orchestration platform. Now, Mesosphere is… Read More

  • Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google’s Chrome Web Store will boot apps and extensions violating new user data guidelines

    Google is cleaning up its Chrome Web Store – the marketplace where you can browse for extensions and apps for its Chrome web browser. The company says it’s making changes to browser’s User Data Policy, which will now require developers to be more transparent about how they handle customer data, and which will require user consent when data is collected, among other… Read More