Archive for the 'Android' Category

Android NDK Performance

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Android apps aren’t just implemented using Java. You can also compile and run c/c++ (NDK) code. This obviously runs faster but how much faster? With newer Dalvik implementations over time, how much faster is c/c++ now?
Learn OpenGL ES has a useful post that compares the speed of a digital signal processing (DSP) filter implemented in […]

Google Cloud Roadshow

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Yesterday afternoon I was at the Google Cloud Roadshow. It was mix of Google trying to sell their cloud services together with much deeper low level programming demos how to use the services, particularly on Android. If the Q&A at the end and my chatting with a few of the attendees are anything to go […]

Heartbleed and Mobile

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

I use a lot of online services and it’s interesting to see which ones haven’t been hit by the Heartbleed vulnerability. They tend to be the ones that have an extra layer of security. This includes those that encrypt data before sending via SSL and those where I have enabled two factor authentication.
From a personal […]

Android First

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

There’s an article "The fallacy of Android First" on TechCrunch. Emu developed on Android first, hit fragmentation problems and ended up on iOS. When developing an app, I think there are four main factors that affect Android fragmentation…

How an app is developed
The APIs required
The supported Android versions
The supported Android devices

These factors can also interact to compound […]

Single Use Devices

Friday, April 4th, 2014

I am increasingly seeing demand for apps that will be the only app running on a particular device. This is interesting because it takes Android to new markets and vertical uses. In my case my clients are re-purposing Android tablets for use in hospitality, high end camera phones for use in medical diagnosis and settop […]

Kandar Interactive Smartphone OS Stats

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Kandar has a great new interactive web page that shows multiple countries and how smartphone OS market share has changed over time in your selected country.
 
 
The data can also be viewed as a Word File.

RIoTboard Android 4.3 Board

Monday, March 31st, 2014

RIoTboard is a new board that supports Android 4.3 out of the box. It’s pitched as "revolutionizing the Internet of Things" but it’s really just a single board computer. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting platform for experimentation and perhaps commercialisation.
 
For more details visit the web site, the product spec, the data sheet, and the forum. Farnell, […]

Demand for Mobile OS Developers

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

I have been looking at the demand for Android and iOS developers in the US and UK. US oriented WantedAnalytics has some stats on the most in-demand mobile operating systems for February 2014…
 
Their hiring scale, in range 1 to 99, scores skills according to how hard they are to fill. All of the above operating […]