In a surprise move Parse/Facebook announced that they are shutting down Parse, the hugely popular Mobile App Service – Parse.com
Facebook had acquired it in 2013 to help small mobile developers build apps using Facebook tools and servers.
Its bad news for people who have come to rely on the developer platform for things like providing facebook login, push notifications, analytics and a server back end for applications.
On Jan. 28, 2017, Facebook will stop providing those services.
About 600,000 apps use Parse.
According to official announcement via blog post – http://blog.parse.com/announcements/moving-on/
Developers who don’t want to rewrite their applications to work with a new back-end service provider can follow a migration guide from Parse to make their applications work with an independent MongoDB instance and a new open-source Parse Server that’s running on Salesforce owned developer platform provider Heroku.
Swift programming language from Apple was made open source on December 3, 2015
The Swift language, supporting libraries, debugger, and package manager are now published under the Apache 2.0 license.
The project is hosted in Swift.org and the source code is hosted on GitHub, from where it is easy for anyone to get the code,
build it themselves, and even create pull requests to contribute code back to the project.
There will also be Swift tutorials and instructions on how to contribute to its development soon.
Apple had introduced a Swift programming language last year that’s meant to make coding an app for iOS or OS X easy to do.
It is now one of the fastest growing programming languages.
Swift makes it easy to write software that is incredibly fast and safe by design.
Swift can also be used for tvOS and watchOS apps.
Swift is faster than Objective-C, while also building in protections against common issues and errors.
Craig Federighi, the company’s head of software engineering, saying that: “Swift’s power and ease of use will inspire a new generation to get into coding, and with today’s announcement they’ll be able to take their ideas anywhere, from mobile devices to the cloud.”
Official site of the open source Swift community – Swift.org
Google released version 2.0 of its popular integrated development environment (IDE) for developers – Android Studio
In Android Studio 2.0, Google has introduced various new features like:
Developers can quickly see changes to code running on a device or an emulator. Developers can add a line of code, delete a line or modify it, and instantly see what impact that change has on the application when it is running on a device
New GPU Profiler tool
Ability to record entire sessions, display GL State and Commands details, and walk through the GL Framebuffer and Textures while the application is running OpenGL ES Code
Android Emulator features a new user interface
It has a new toolbar and an additional control UI so that common emulator actions can be taken without having to use command line options. The Emulator allows APKs to be dragged and dropped onto the window and the new toolbar enables volume control, screen rotation, screenshots, and other emulator actions
Virtual Device Manager
Developers can have multiple pre-defined device profiles for testing their applications in emulation mode. A multi-screen app development feature lets developers build apps for different Android devices, including smartphones, tablets, Android Wear and Android TV
The new version will immensely help Android developers improve their workflow and speed up application coding and deployment times.
GoodFirms.co is a leading research and review platform of software and mobile app development companies.
It helps buyers of professional services to opt for the best software development and marketing services.
It also assists software development companies to increase new user acquisition and brand awareness for customers.
According to company spokesperson – “We are well aware of the scenarios at both ends, wherein service seekers are struggling to find the best companies to meet a specific need and how leading software firms are making efforts to stand out from a clusters of inferior competitors.
Hence, GoodFirms is at the forefront to help service buyers from around the world by providing a categorized directory, client reviews and company evaluation content and resources and to help them choose the best software development, design and marketing firms that meets their specific requirements. “
GoodFirms.com recently reviewed – MobileMerit.com, a leading mobile app development company and gave it leading company review and badge
Google Search will now display Facebook public profiles on Android phones.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook will allow Google’s search engine to crawl through and index its mobile app.
Results from Google search will display some public content from Facebook app such as public profile information.
It also has access to content such as business listings called Pages, Groups and Events.
The results will appear as “deep links” that take users to the Facebook mobile app.
Google is trying to make sure its search engine remains useful on smartphones.
Google already indexes information from public Facebook profiles on the Web.
But it can’t always index information inside mobile apps, which is where people spend the bulk of their time on smartphones.
As on the Web, Google cannot show content that is shared privately, Facebook said in an emailed statement.
“When people search for public Facebook content on the mobile web, those who use Facebook for Android can now click through and go straight to the Facebook app,” the statement said.
Facebook has also recently updated its search service.
As more and more people shift to mobile phones and people spend more time with apps, Google will have to devise methods to crawl within apps.
The new Apple TV (4th Generation) was launched last week
The set-top box costs $149 for a 32 GB model or $199 for 64 GB.
Apple TV is a digital media player from Apple that sources data from various sources and streams it to a TV screen. The new version of Apple TV delivers superlative TV, video and Apps experience.
• It has a Siri Remote which offers voice based search and results are shown from various sources beyond iTunes.
• The Siri button on the remote allows several functions, including searching across providers for content, accessing additional metadata, and video/audio
• Access iTunes movies and TV, Music, Photos, Computers to stream your iTunes library. And add via the new TV App Store.
• Users can access the iTunes Store directly through Apple TV to rent movies and TV shows and stream audio and video podcasts.
• Launched App Store for Apple TV and iOS developers will now have the ability to create and publish their own apps for the platform
The new operating system tvOS with an associated app store allows download of third-party apps for video, audio and games. The App Store will allow any developer to make apps using the APIs available in tvOS specifically tailored towards the TV.
The new Apple TV is based on the philosophy of Tim Cook, who said “The future of TV is apps”
Android powers hundreds of millions of mobile devices across 190 countries around the world. It has the largest installed base and is growing rapidly, with more than a million new Android devices being activated every day. In this post, we will be presenting a few reasons why the Android Platform is excellent for both users and developers:
Large Installed Base
Android’s openness has made it the top choice of developers and users alike. This has driven strong growth in Android apps downloads, with over a billion games and apps being downloaded every month by users from the Google Play Store. Consequently, this leads to more apps and games being developed to cater to the growing needs of the users.
With its global partnerships, Android is also constantly striving to bring new capabilities to developers and users. For developers, the innovation of the platform allows you to build differentiated and powerful applications using the latest mobile technologies and tools. Android also gives users access to the latest innovations and technologies, including vibrant touch screens, multi-core processing, state-of-the-art sensors, high-performance graphics and more.
Strong Development Framework
Android gives developers everything they need to build the best app experiences. It offers a single application model that allows you to deploy your apps to millions of users across a wide range of devices. There are also a wide range of tools available for creating apps that take advantage of the hardware capabilities available on each device.
Open Marketplace for App Distribution
Android’s premier marketplace, Google Play allows sale and distribution of Android apps. In an open marketplace, developers are in complete control of how they distribute and sell their apps. They can price these apps according to their liking and change them at any given time. Also, developers can take advantage of demand-side platforms, which are supported by Android, to reach consumers more effectively.
Google has launched an App Entrepreneurship Course – Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree
There are so many apps now in marketplace that it has becoming difficult for an app developer to make money.
Also most of the apps have very poor quality and offers little value to mobile user.
Google has kept that in mind and in partnership with Udacity launched the Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree
It is a 4-7 Months course and enrollment closes October 26
To enroll – https://www.udacity.com/course/tech-entrepreneur-nanodegree–nd007
According to Google Blog – “As a developer, writing your app is important. But even more important is getting it into the hands of users. Ideally millions of users. To that end, you can now learn what it takes to design, validate, prototype, monetize, and market app ideas from the ground up and grow them into a scalable business with the new Tech Entrepreneur Nanodegree”
Associated with the program are Geoffrey Moore, author of “Crossing the Chasm”, Pete Koomen, co-founder of Optimizely; Aaron Harris and Kevin Hale, Partners at Y-Combinator; Nir Eyal, author of the book “Hooked: How to build habit forming products” and co-founder of Product Hunt; Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube, and many more.
All of the content of the nanodegree course is available online for free at udacity.com/google. The Tech Entrepreneur offering will consist of the following courses – Product Design, Prototyping, Monetization, App Marketing
Also at the end of course you can pitch your ideas in front of Venture Capitalists.
As more and more people use mobile to access information and search for products and services, it has become important the way web pages are published so that they work properly in mobile devices.
Google has launched a new new open source initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages, which aims to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web. Webpages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to work alongside smart ads, and load instantaneously across various devices like phone or tablet.
Many publishers and companies like BBC, Buzzfeed, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress.com, Chartbeat, Parse.ly, Adobe Analytics and LinkedIn etc have joined the initiateive.
Google has launched two new Nexus smartphones. The Nexus 5X made by LG and a larger Nexus 6P built by Huawei.
Google Nexus is a line of smart phones that run the Android operating system. Google manages the design, development, marketing, and support of these devices, but some development and all manufacturing is done by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
The most significant feature is that – Nexus 6P will be the first smartphone to have the latest version of Android, Marshmallow. Also below the rear camera of Nexus 6P is the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor, which Google claims can recognize fingerprints. It will not only unlock the handset, but also authenticate Android Pay payments and app downloads; it will also work with other apps.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow brings a range of features to the Nexus 5X. There are controls to better manage apps, giving control over permissions, as well as notifications. You can also have power management for apps, with a Doze function letting them sleep in the background to preserve power.
More details on Android Marshmallow
Nexus 5X Specs
• Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
• Display: 5.2 inches, FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD at 423 ppi, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
• Rear Camera: 12.3 MP¹, 1.55 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus, 4K (30 fps) video capture, Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
• Front Camera: 5 MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture
• Processors: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 processor, 1.8 GHz hexa-core 64-bit, Adreno 418 GPU
• Memory & Storage: RAM: 2 GB LPDDR3, Internal storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
• Dimensions³: 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
• Weight: 136 g
• Colour Options: Carbon, Quartz, Ice
Nexus 6P Specs
• Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
• Display: 5.7 inches; WQHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display at 518 ppi; 16:9 aspect ratio; Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4; Fingerprint and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
• Rear Camera: 12.3 MP¹; 1.55 µm pixels; f/2.0 aperture; IR Laser assisted autofocus; 4K (30 fps) video capture; Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash
• Front Camera: 8MP camera; 1.4 µm pixels; f/2.4 aperture; HD video capture (30 fps)
• Processors: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 v2.1, 2.0 GHz Octa-core 64-bit; Adreno 430 GPU
• Memory & Storage: RAM: 3 GB LPDDR4; Internal storage: 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB
• Dimensions: 159.3 X 77.8 X 7.3 mm
Google has now confirmed that both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will begin shipping in October. The Nexus 5X starts at $379 and the Nexus 6P starts at $499.