Back in January I asked IntelliJ IDEA: the best IDE for programming Android? Google says yes. At the IO conference today, the company announced the official Android Studio – and it a version of IntelliJ IDEA.
Android Studio is currently in preview.
…continue reading Official Google Android Studio is based on JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA
Xamarin, a company which provides tools for cross-platform development in C#, has announced its acquisition of LessPainful and the creation of cloud-based testing for mobile apps based on LessPainful’s technology and the Calabash scripting language it created.
The Test Cloud will perform automated user-interface tests on real devices, hosted by Xamarin, will provide detailed reports
…continue reading Xamarin acquires LessPainful, announces Test Cloud for mobile apps
Microsoft has left slip a few figures in posts from PR VP Frank Shaw and platform evangelist Steve Guggenheimer.
Observers have tended to focus on Windows “Blue” and what is happening with Microsoft’s core client operating system, but what caught my eye was a few figures on progress in other areas.
Windows Azure compute usage
…continue reading Microsoft’s growth areas: Azure, Server with Hyper-V, Office 365, Windows Phone
I attended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where (among many other things) numerous security vendors were presenting their latest mobile products. I took the opportunity to quiz them. Why do smartphone users need to worry about security software, which many users were glad to leave behind with their PC? I observed that whereas I have
…continue reading What is mobile security? And do we need it?
How good is Windows Phone 8 security? Actually, pretty good. The key features are described here [pdf]:
Trusted Boot prevents booting to an alternative operating system, using the UEFI secure boot standard. Only signed operating system components and apps can run. App sandboxing:
No communication channels exist between apps on the phone other
…continue reading Windows Phone 8 enterprise security versus Blackberry 10 Balance and Samsung Knox
Mobile World Congress, now under way in Barcelona, is a big event. Exact numbers are not available, but I have heard talk of 70,000 trade attendees; it is not something you can safely ignore if you have a presence in the mobile industry.
Nevertheless Apple chooses to ignore it, preferring its own exclusive events.
…continue reading Power shifts at Mobile World Congress: Samsung rises, Apple absent, Google hidden, Microsoft missing
At Mobile World Congress there are endless identikit Android smartphones. Does that justify Nokia’s decision two years ago to adopt Windows Phone? We will never know; but there is some merit in a distinctive offering, even though it comes with the pain of being a minority choice.
The press would prefer to see jaw-dropping
…continue reading Nokia at Mobile World Congress: aiming for a bigger market
Here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona HP has announced a 7” Android tablet which will be available in April.
I took a quick look at the Mobile Focus event today. The back of the device is more interesting, showing logos for HP and for Beats Audio.
From the front you would be pushed
…continue reading HP goes Android: what does that say about Windows 8?
The Windows Runtime, the new touch-friendly platform in Windows 8. It solves many problems. Not only is it tablet-friendly, but apps are sandboxed for security, and easy to deploy. No setup hassles, just one-click (or tap) install or uninstall. It also supports three types of development covering most tastes: native C++, .NET Framework, or HTML
…continue reading Windows Runtime flaws spoil new Windows Store (Metro) apps