In-app billing hits Android next week, developer testing starts now

By on March 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM.

In-app billing hits Android next week, developer testing starts now

Google announced on Friday that it will launch in-app billing for the Android Market next week. In-app billing will allow users to purchase more content directly within an-app — sort of like when you drop your entire allowance to buy more berries in Smurf’s Village on the iPhone. Google also said that developers can now begin testing in-app billing by uploading apps to the Developer Console, and developers can also create catalogs of in-app purchases, set prices, and then test the actual transaction process. Hit the jump to read more directly from Google’s Android Developers blog. More →

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RIM opens up BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps

By on March 24, 2011 at 5:07 PM.

RIM opens up BlackBerry PlayBook to support Android apps

The news we reported exclusively many months ago has just been officially confirmed by RIM — the company will indeed support Google Android apps on its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and on new QNX-based BlackBerry smartphones moving forward. RIM is also offering a suite of tools for Android developers that will allow them to easily port their existing apps to the PlayBook for distribution through BlackBerry App World. RIM’s full press release is after the jump. More →

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Developers: Apple throttling Web app speeds on iPhone homescreen

By on March 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM.

Developers: Apple throttling Web app speeds on iPhone homescreen

According to reports from developers speaking to The Register, iOS web applications — when launched from the home screen of an iPhone or iPad — run 2 to 2.5 times slower than if launched directly from the Safari web browser. Right now it’s unclear if Apple is directly, or indirectly, causing this to happen. It’s possible that the speed cut is a result of a bug, but the developers have pointed out that it makes web apps less desirable than those that can be downloaded or purchased through the iTunes App Store. If Apple is doing this on purpose, it could be viewed as an attempt to force developers to publish content to the company’s mobile application store — where Apple takes a 30% cut of sales revenues. “Apple is basically using subtle defects to make web apps appear to be low quality—even when they claim HTML5 is a fully supported platform,” argued one developer. Another developer said that Apple is using an older JavaScript engine, which is causing some of the issues. Web sites that are saved to the homescreen as web apps cannot take advantage of HTML5′s application caching capabilities, which allows for offline viewing. Developers have filed bug reports with Apple, but have yet to receive any feedback. More →

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Apple dishes dirt on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion); developer preview available

By on February 24, 2011 at 9:10 AM.

Apple dishes dirt on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion); developer preview available

On the heels of today’s MacBook Pro unveiling, Apple announced that it would be making a preview of Mac OS X 10.7 — codenamed Lion — available to developers. The company writes that Lion “takes some of the best ideas from iPad and brings them back to the Mac.” Apple details several, previously disclosed, features — such as Mission Control, Launchpad, and multitouch gestures — along with a handful of new, unannounced feature additions:

  • A new version of Mail, with an elegant, widescreen layout inspired by the iPad; Conversations, which automatically groups related messages into one easy to read timeline; more powerful search; and support for Microsoft Exchange 2010;
  • AirDrop, a remarkably simple way to copy files wirelessly from one Mac to another with no setup;
  • Versions, which automatically saves successive versions of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, edit and even revert to previous versions;
  • Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
  • Auto Save, which automatically saves your documents as you work;
  • The all new FileVault, that provides high performance full disk encryption for local and external drives, and the ability to wipe data from your Mac instantaneously; and
  • Mac OS X Lion Server, which makes setting up a server easier than ever and adds support for managing Mac OS X Lion, iPhone®, iPad and iPod touch® devices.

The new operating system has been given a “summer of 2011″ due date. A link to Apple’s new Mac OS X Lion page and the full press release are waiting for you after the break.
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Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 3 to developers

By on February 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 beta 3 to developers

Right on schedule, Apple has released iOS 4.3 beta 3, build number 8F5166b, to developers through its online developer’s portal. The code is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’re in the throes of downloading the new bits as we speak. You do the same and be sure to let us know what you find.

Thanks, CDeeRON!

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Apple releasing iOS 4.3 beta 3 today; build 8F5166b?

By on February 1, 2011 at 7:59 AM.

Apple releasing iOS 4.3 beta 3 today; build 8F5166b?

One of our Apple sources has just let us know that the company’s iOS 4.3 rampage isn’t slowing down. We have been told there will be yet another beta build posted for developers, wearing the build number 8F5166b, at some point today. This would be the third build of iOS 4.3 in just three weeks… perhaps signaling how quick the company is moving to get point-upgrade finalized.

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Google publishes Android 2.3 SDK for developers, details improvements

By on December 6, 2010 at 11:07 AM.

Google publishes Android 2.3 SDK for developers, details improvements

When it rains it pours in Android-land! Earlier this morning, Google published an Android 2.3 video for developers. While the video focuses mainly on development, the developer website includes new APIs available in the new code, including: SIP-based VoIP support, NFC (Near Field Communication) support, support for gyroscope, rotation vector, linear acceleration, gravity, and barometer, and multiple camera support. Other improvements include UI refinements, faster keyboard input, better power management, and an improved task manager. Hit the jump to see the video and for a link to the official developer post! More →

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Apple seeds iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master candidate to developers

By on November 18, 2010 at 3:20 PM.

Apple seeds iOS 4.2.1 Gold Master candidate to developers

Probably not the iOS 4.2 announcement you were hoping for, but it is an announcement nonetheless. Moments ago, Apple seeded another gold master candidate of iOS 4.2 — 4.2.1 — to developers via its iOS Dev Center. Presumably, the new code fixes several bugs that have been reported in the first 4.2 GM candidate; including a fairly nasty Wi-Fi bug affecting iPads. If you’re a member of Apple’s developer network, you know what to do. Everyone else… the waiting continues.

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Nexus One getting Android 2.3 OTA this week?

By on November 8, 2010 at 8:09 AM.

Nexus One getting Android 2.3 OTA this week?

Alright, we don’t want to get everyone all riled up on a Monday morning, but this next bit of speculative news is pretty exciting. Recently, a gentlemen by the name of Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez let go a pretty exciting tweet. The 160 character quip, which was written in Español, roughly translates as:

Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) for the next few days :-D

A quick look at Mr. Vasquez’s LinkedIn profile reveals the following position:

Leadership team and usability at Open Handset Aliance (sic) | Google Andoid (sic)

Assuming that “Aliance” means Alliance, and “Andoid” means Android, this is pretty big news. The Open Handset Alliance is “a group of 78 technology and mobile companies who have come together to accelerate innovation in mobile and offer consumers a richer, less expensive, and better mobile experience,” explains the group’s homepage. “Together we have developed Android, the first complete, open, and free mobile platform.”

Will we see Android 2.3 drop in the “next few days”? Man, we hope so. More →

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Business Insider: Apple holding ‘secret’ iOS developer conference next week

By on October 27, 2010 at 10:59 PM.

Business Insider: Apple holding ‘secret’ iOS developer conference next week

What’s better than a developer conference? A secret developer conference of course. Business Insider is reporting that Apple, Inc. will be hosting a “secret iOS developer summit next week.” The event, which is being billed as an invite only, could be an effort by the Cupertino handset maker to polish iOS 4.2 applications that will be ready when Apple makes the next iteration of its mobile OS official. Business Insider cites “an industry source” in the report. It’s all speculative at this point, but we’re sure more information about the double-secret meeting will leak out next week… if it does happen to go down.

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BlackBerry Playbook simulator now available for Mac and Windows

By on October 25, 2010 at 9:17 AM.

BlackBerry Playbook simulator now available for Mac and Windows

If you’re anxious to see just what the new, QNX-based operating system on the BlackBerry Playbook is going to look like, listen up. The company has just released the Playbook OS simulator — along with the Adobe Air SDK — for both Mac OS X and Windows on its developer site. The simulator does not reveal any juicy secrets hiding in the PlayBook’s OS, and, for the most part, is pretty basic. Still, if you’re jazzed about the PB, and want to do a little spelunking around RIM’s new OS, hit the read link and have yourself a download. Enjoy! More →

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Samsung discontinuing support of Symbian December 31

By on October 1, 2010 at 2:20 PM.

Samsung discontinuing support of Symbian December 31

Last week, we heard about Sony Ericsson bailing on Symbian and this week it looks like Samsung is following suit.  In a message to developers, Samsung noted that it would stop supporting Symbian developers on December 31, 2010. “We recommend posting any new discussion board queries no later than the 10th of December 2010 to ensure your issue can be addressed prior to the Forum’s closure,” wrote Samsung. “Please take this opportunity to download any required documentation before all content is removed.” It doesn’t get more clear cut than that. Samsung is suggesting developers utilize symbian.org as an alternative. More →

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Apple iOS 4.2 beta 2 now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

By on September 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM.

Apple iOS 4.2 beta 2 now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Right on schedule: Apple has gone and posted builds of iOS 4.2 beta 2 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad developers. We’re getting it up and running on our devices, but in the meantime, chime in with any findings, ok?

Thanks, Troy and everyone else! More →

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