Topic: lollipop

Qualcomm sells AR business, Firefox to end NPAPI plug-in support, and Android Lollipop comes to Verizon’s LG G3—SD Times News Digest: Oct. 12, 2015

Qualcomm is selling its augmented reality business unit, Vuforia, to IoT platform and solution provider PTC. Under the agreement, PTC will be responsible for maintaining and investing in the Vuforia platform. According to Qualcomm, apps will be unchanged and developers will receive the same level of support. “The Vuforia team has made incredible progress establishing … continue reading

From the Editors: Android developers all revved up and nowhere to code

Android offers more active users, exciting features and platform opportunities today than ever before, but app developers have never been more lost. Within the existing smartphone and tablet market, the OS landscape is fragmented between every Android version from Gingerbread to Lollipop, which currently holds little more than 3% of the pie. Now Google is … continue reading

Android’s growth is a pain in the app for developers

Although it’s become the world’s most popular mobile operating system, Android is still an expanding frontier—and developers are always the first to explore it. Android grew to 81.5% of the global smartphone market share in 2014, according to the International Data Corporation, passing a billion phone shipments for the first time. In terms of actual … continue reading

Google’s empty Android Lollipop encryption promise, IBM Mobile Accessibility Checker, and Khronos Vulkan—SD Times news digest: March 3, 2015

Google’s pledge last September to require standard full-disk encryption on all Android Lollipop devices has turned out to simply be a “very strong recommendation.” According to a report from Ars Technica, while the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices do offer full-disk encryption, newer devices running Lollipop such as the second-generation Moto E and the … continue reading

Altova releases MobileTogether 1.4 with geo-location and Android Lollipop support

Altova has released version 1.4 of its MobileTogether cross-platform framework with new geolocation functionality, better iOS rendering, and support for string localization, XQuery 3.1 and Android 5.0 Lollipop. MobileTogether, launched this past December for design and deployment of custom mobile enterprise applications, has gone through several incremental releases in the past two months adding additional … continue reading

Apache Cordova for Android updated

The latest version of the open-source Apache Cordova mobile framework has been updated to version 3.7.1 for Android, with a number of new features, bug fixes and added support. Joe Bowser, a primary lead at Adobe Systems for Apache Cordova on Android, detailed the changes in version 3.7.1 in an announcement on the Cordova website. … continue reading

Google quietly rolls out Android 5.1 Lollipop, and the Linux Foundation announces ContainerCon—SD Times news digest: Feb. 4, 2015

Google has quietly rolled out the first major update to its latest mobile operating system by releasing Android 5.1 Lollipop on select Android One devices. First spotted on the Indonesian Android One page and later confirmed by Android Police, the update is said to offer improved performance, longer battery life and data conservation settings. Based … continue reading

iRobot’s venture capital firm, Microsoft’s Cosmos, and Google’s Android Compatibility Program for Lollipop—SD Times news digest: Jan. 26, 2015

iRobot is starting its own venture capital firm in order to invest in robotic companies, TechCrunch has reported. The company is in the midst of looking for a West Coast investor to head up its firm and is looking to make five to 10 investments a year, according to TechCrunch. “There’s a lot going on … continue reading

BlackBerry BBM for Android Wear, the Eye Tribe’s SDK for Android, and KitKat is cramping Lollipop’s uptake—SD Times news digest: Jan. 8, 2015

BlackBerry is jumping into the wearables space. The company just announced BBM support for a wide range of Android Wear wearable devices. “The integration of BBM to support wearable technology is just one way we’re expanding the capabilities of our portfolio and delivering exciting options for customers to easily access BlackBerry’s cross-platform technologies,” said Herman … continue reading

Mobile in 2014: Going beyond smartphones and tablets

In 2014, “mobile” evolved into a more widely unified and interconnected concept. The last several years have seen smartphones, tablets and mobile apps take control of how we consume and compute information, redefining how we communicate with each other. A train with that much momentum doesn’t stop when the market reaches its peak; it barrels … continue reading

Android KitKat continues to grow

The KitKat version of the Android operating system accounts for half of all Android versions in use, according to statistics released by application performance monitoring software maker Crittercism. The statistics offer insight into such metrics as crashes by device, OS versions, and carrier delays by country, and were gleaned in a survey of Crittercism’s customers. … continue reading

Google shows developers Android possibilities

When Android was young in 2008, every developer working on an application for the platform was taking a huge risk. But for some early adopters, that risk yielded massive rewards. Today, there are more than 1 billion active Android users worldwide, and building applications for this blockbuster platform is no longer such a great risk. … continue reading

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