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Developers

Microsoft celebrates Windows Phone 7 anniversary with impressive numbers

March 31st, 2011

Microsoft first took the wraps off its Windows Phone 7 platform at its MIX10 conference in March 2010. At that time, Microsoft began a long and important process of courting developers, distributing developer tools and giving interested parties an ecosystem that would allow them to thrive. Now, one year later, Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Director …

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

March 25th, 2011

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 …

Developers: Apple throttling Web app speeds on iPhone homescreen

March 15th, 2011

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 …

RIM makes its App World signup process easier

March 7th, 2011

RIM has started emailing developers to inform them that its BlackBerry App World sign-up process is now much more streamlined; a welcomed change, we’re sure. Before the program tweak, RIM required a notarized proof of identity — yes, you’d literally have to get a document notarized before RIM would accept you as a developer into BlackBerry App World. After …

Apple seeds iOS 4.3 Gold Master to developers

March 3rd, 2011

Just one day after its official unveiling, Apple has made iOS 4.3 Gold Master, build 8F190 (called it!) available to developers. The code adds support for mobile hotspot creation, third-party AirPlay access, along with a host of other improvements. The update is available to those with Apple Developer accounts and supports iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone …

New Android API eliminates Bluetooth pairing using NFC

February 19th, 2011

Google made its software development kit (SDK) available for version 2.3.3 of the Android OS earlier this month, and Stanford University’s MobiSocial News uncovered a nifty feature that hasn’t gotten much coverage. The new SDK features an API for “insecure Bluetooth socket connections” on both the client and server sides. Coupled with Gingerbread’s widely publicized …

Xbox Live, Office, enhanced maps coming to Nokia’s Windows Phones; Qt not

February 11th, 2011

At at joint press conference today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Nokia CEO Stephen Elop provided specific details about what the newly forged partnership between their two companies will look like. Fans of Nokia hardware and the Windows Phone software can get excited about the prospects of Xbox Live, Office, and enhanced maps (a combination …

Apple App Store hits 10 billion downloads

January 22nd, 2011

Just over a week has passed since Apple posted up their 10 billion App Store download counter, and that’s all the time it took to hit this ridiculous milestone. Yes, Apple has sold / delivered over 10 billion apps to customers in just a few years. With Apple’s developer following and customers growing rapidly, we’re …