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Microsoft announced today that its Xamarin University will start a free, five-part mobile development series on June 1. The best news? Charles Petzold will appear as a special guest.

“Join a new topic every Thursday,” Microsoft’s Mark Smith explains. “Topics range from learning how to get the most out of Visual Studio 2017’s latest features to building cloud-connected games to adding intelligence with Azure Machine Learning. You will get the training, samples, and advice you need to ship amazing apps using Visual Studio and C#. Every session is totally free, open to everyone, and Xamarin University experts will be on hand to answer all your questions live.”

The series breaks down like so:

Introduction to Xamarin.Forms for Visual Studio 2017. On June 1 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, Xamarin University instructor Jesse Dietrichson will teach you how you can take your .NET skills mobile with Visual Studio 2017 and Xamarin.Forms.

Building games for iOS, macOS, and tvOS with Visual Studio and Azure. On June 8 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, Xamarin University instructor René Ruppert will teach you how to create multiplayer games for the latest Apple devices, from iPhone to tvOS. Topics include SpriteKit basics, integrating with cloud back-end services, and best practices for sharing C# game logic, UI, and infrastructure code across platforms.

SkiaSharp Graphics for Xamarin.Forms. On June 15 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, special guest and author Charles Petzold will teach you how to use SkiaSharp, which is powered by Google’s Skia graphics library, to extend your Xamarin.Forms apps with compelling 2D graphics.

Customizing Xamarin.Forms UI. On June 22 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, Join Xamarin University training manager Rob Gibbens will teach you how to embed native Android and iOS controls into your Xamarin.Forms apps, while still sharing the majority of your code.

Introduction to Azure Machine Learning. On June 29 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT, Xamarin University instructor Jason DeBoever will teach you how to start integrating intelligence and predictive analytics into your apps. This session includes a look at Machine Learning fundamentals, Azure Machine Learning Studio, and how easily you can build your first “smart” mobile app.

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A new special section of Child Development shows how particularly diverse the use of mobile technology is among children and adolescents, and points to great complexity in the effects of that usage.

This special section of Child Development, edited by Dr. Zheng Yan and Dr. Lennart Hardell, adds important information to the research in this area. It includes articles from national and international scholars on the complicated impact mobile technology has on infants, toddlers, children, teens and parents.

“There are nearly three billion children and adolescents in the world,” said Yan. “Most of them were, are, or will be various types of mobile technology users, interacting with and being influenced by mobile technology in numerous ways.”

The articles in this special section, “Contemporary Mobile Technology and Child and Adolescent Development,” consider the effects on a wide range of outcomes including:

  • Risks of using mobile phones while driving, walking, and bicycling (Stavrinos)
  • Risks of radiation in mobile phone use for brain development (Hardell; Sage)
  • Effects of mobile technology on cognitive control and attention in contexts such as parenting and early brain development and (McDaniel; Li; McClure)
  • Risks of sexting /increased risky behavior through peer pressure and social media interaction (Rice; Sherman)
  • Effects of mobile technology use on sleep, mood, and mental health (Vernon; George/Odgers)
  • Potential for monitoring children’s locations/children’s attitudes towards security and monitoring through GPS tracking (Gelman)
  • Increased connectivity across spaces and cultures (Shapka; Coyne)

Findings across the articles in the special section point to a range of outcomes including areas where mobile technology may pose potential dangers, and areas where development may be supported. An important example is the work summarized by Dr. Lennart Hardell concerning radiation and brain development. In terms of potential benefits to development, mobile technology offers new, unique ways for young children to maintain contact with family members not physically present.

“Today’s mobile technologies have become a very unique and powerful influence on child and adolescent development,” said Yan. “Its use is very personal for children and adolescents, occurs almost anywhere and anytime, and integrates telephone, television, video games, personal computers, the Internet, and many new technologies into a portable device. The evidence indicates complex impacts on young mobile technology users.”

SRCD was established in 1933 by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. The Society’s goals are to advance interdisciplinary research in child development and to encourage applications of research findings. Its membership of more than 5,700 scientists is representative of the various disciplines and professions that contribute to knowledge of child development. In addition to Child Development, SRCD also publishes Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Child Development Perspectives, and the SRCD Social Policy Report.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.

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The Wall Street Journal claims that The Legend of Zelda will follow in the footsteps of Animal Crossing, Super Mario and Fire Emblem as the next big name Nintendo franchise heading to your mobile device. Although not much information was proffered, TWS said the Zelda mobile game would follow the Animal Crossing app that is reportedly being released in the latter half of 2017 after several delays. The Legend of Zelda on mobile will be developed with DeNA.

Nintendo originally promised it would launch 5 mobile games by March 2017, however only three came to fruition before that date: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, and Fire Emblem Heroes. Shigeru Miyamoto said that while the plan was to release 5 games all along, “market conditions and the development process for each title” has removed one unknown game – in all likelihood this Zelda title – from the release window.

Mysteriously, the report also mentioned that Pokemon Co. was planning a new Pokemon ‘card-game app’, with no further detail.

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We often talk about Android Studio here at XDA because it’s a powerful IDE made with Android application development in mind. Google is the company behind Android Studio and they’re constantly adding new features that make developing Android applications easier with it. The company also just announced support for Kotlin in Android Studio, and you can download the first canary build of Android Studio 3.0 that now includes this.

Android Studio isn’t the only way that you can develop Android applications though. There are a lot of Android application developers who opt for C++ for various reasons, using tools like the Native Development Kit. If your application or game is computationally intensive, or even has a lot of physics simulations, then there is a performance benefit to using C++ due to the amount of performance that you can squeeze out of it. Others may opt for C++ because so many other platforms support it, or to use specific libraries.

There’s even a number of C and C++ libraries that can help to make your application or game easier to develop. So because there are many reasons to use C++, Microsoft is doing what they can to ease you into the process of using Visual Studio for your mobile application development needs. The company recently had their Visual C++ team publish a blog post of a guide that walks you through how to get started with your Android or iOS development.

This guide starts from the beginning and shows you how to install it, and get the right components setup. It then continues from there by suggesting project templates to get you started, shows how to leverage OpenGLES, and then building the application so you can run it. They remind you that Visual Studio can build your application or game for all mobile platforms, that it has tools to debug your code, and even suggests using Xamarin if you want to build native Android applications.

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Getting comfortable with the low-code development platform :-

Mobile application development: Those three words strike fear in the heart of, well, just about anyone, because mobile is difficult. The pace is fast; the unknowns, like user experience, are many; and the technology advances so rapidly it can be hard to keep up.

That’s where a low-code development platform comes in. These solutions — offered by big name brands and niche players, in and out of the cloud — make it easy to pull the building blocks of mobile together without any coding background required. Business analysts, office administrators, small business owners or really anyone with an idea and a low-code development platform can create apps by doing nothing more than drag and drop objects. These so-called citizen developers are solving problems quickly and delivering fully functional apps to both internal users and external customers. And most of the time, they’re able to do so without the help of traditional IT departments.

But this capability isn’t about replacing software developers. They’re in short supply around the world, and hiring them requires a combination of salary and perks that can be difficult or impossible for many companies to manage. The growing number of low-code development platforms allows organizations to extend their mobile (and web) app development efforts without hiring new developers. But these tools will work for developers, too. Many of these tools let developers “get under the hood,” and some tools are sufficiently robust, so a developer can streamline delivery of a simple request.

This handbook examines how the low-code development platform is becoming more prevalent in organizations looking to expand their mobile development options. And citizen developers aren’t going anywhere.

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MobileMonday is here again with your top mobile headlines. Kicking things off is the struggle faced by DevOps developers, followed by AI’s alluring outlook for job hunters. Also, mobile deployment is growing due to doctor demand, while Facebook’s F8 conference pushes the boundaries of mobile development.

Siloed operations holding back DevOps development

DevOps remains an intrinsically useful yet somewhat mysterious technology, according to a recent survey. Case in point, of the executives taking part in the study, 59 percent didn’t have a firm grasp on what DevOps was or what it could do for their organization. Though 41 percent of organizations were leveraging DevOps to some degree, only 17 percent had data that was openly accessible to cross-functional teams. With mobile development ready to take DevOps to the next level, enterprise data needs to catch up.

AI development salary investments exceed $650 million

Looking for a new job? AI might be worth a look, if new research from Paysa has anything to say about it. Pumping some $650 million into AI employees, companies have opened up more than 10,000 positions in the US alone. Amazon and Google are setting the tone with an impressive $357 million in combined money spent on luring prospective AI candidates.

Hospitals embrace mobile strategy thanks to demand from doctors

They say the easiest way to gain traction in a given market is through product demand. At least in the case of mobile technology in healthcare, this wisdom holds true. Doctor demand has led almost two-thirds of hospital organizations to implement mobile device strategies. Despite concerns over Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations, these organizations have seen steady growth in mobile policy adoption, from 34 percent in 2012 to 39 percent today.

Facebook’s developer conference focuses on AR and AI

Facebook’s F8 conference has always been a wealth of innovation for mobile development, and this year’s edition did not disappoint. Headlining the list of announcements was an increased investment in VR and AI. On the VR front, Facebook Spaces lets users interact in a completely digital world. Championing the cause of AI to its 1.2 billion monthly Messenger users, Facebook will be adding innovative bots and features, thanks to the efforts of its 100,000 developers.

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Developing mobile applications is not yet a pain-free process for IT shops. Red Hat Summit session speakers and attendees sound off on some of the challenges.

BOSTON — App development is changing along with the mobile landscape. And for organizations that want to develop their own apps, challenges remain.

Speakers and attendees at last week’s Red Hat Summit addressed some of those challenges. Here is what they had to say about designing apps with the user experience in mind, getting ROI from mobility and more.

“App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile.”
Steve O’Keefe, product line director, Red Hat

Today, mobility and the app development process go hand in hand. A modern application now means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets, O’Keefe said.

IT shops delving into mobile application development have options — from shifting legacy desktop apps to the cloud or building native in-house apps. But no matter the method, developers have to keep the mobile user experience in mind.

“There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets,” O’Keefe said.

“Mobile apps can take off or totally flop.”
Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat

For organizations that are trying to modernize apps for employees or customers, there are costs to consider — from mobile app development to deployment and lifecycle management.

These costs can be difficult to measure and are often retrospective, but “get more accurate over time,” Holmes said in a session on the ROI of enterprise mobility.

Chief components of mobile ROI include increased productivity and time to market. Companies looking to save money on the mobile application development process would do better launching a set of the five or six business apps the workforce needs versus one big, “killer app,” Holmes said. Otherwise, it can be expensive to build in-house and not worth the time and effort.

“There is no easy answer,” Holmes said.

“Mobile has created a demand for streamlining.”
Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer

The advent of mobility has fueled the user’s need for instant gratification. Due to this expectation, “data needs to be more instantaneously and ubiquitously accessible,” Stanganelli said.

Another need that has arisen in the mobile age is enterprise adoption of flexible software to help meet user demands. To keep up with user demand, IT admins must push out apps and their updates more quickly. Because of this, some organizations are beginning to adopt a more continuous delivery model, Stanganelli said.

One thing that can stymie app developers, on the other hand, is if they get hammered with bad reviews in the app store, for instance, he added.

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The explosion of mobile devices and apps has completely disrupted .NET development.  While desktop and web applications remain popular in enterprises, the same developers have had to adapt their applications for mobile devices or develop entirely new mobile apps.  Syncfusion was an early supporter of Xamarin that continued to enhance its offerings as Xamarin matured and was more deeply integrated with Microsoft products post-acquisition.  Syncfusion has also changed its revenue model from per-seat licensing to flat-fee, which is great news for enterprise developers in any size organization.

“The rapid expansion of mobile space was somewhat of a shock for C# developers because up until that time, everything was Microsoft-centric,” said Daniel Jebaraj, vice president at Syncfusion.  “A number of them had to figure out how to get their critical applications onto iOS and Android devices, which was challenging because they had to learn Java, Objective-C or Swift, or hire the talent.”

Some developers side-stepped the problem by building mobile websites or mobile applications that were really wrappers around a website, but the user experience wasn’t the same as a native application.  The Xamarin platform was an attractive option, and it’s a lot more attractive now that Xamarin dovetails well with the .NET stack.

Reuse Code
One of Xamarin’s main features is its ability to reuse code.  However, developers also want best-of-breed functionality.  Syncfusion’s Xamarin controls that are similar to the ones it built for desktop and web environments.  Now, Syncfusion offers more than 90 Xamarin controls which include chart and grid controls, a calendar control, a Kanban control, a treemap, an Excel-like spreadsheet, gauges, and reporting packages for Excel, PDF and PowerPoint – all in one package.

“Our controls are well-integrated with the Visual Studio environment so you can work with them just as you work with Microsoft’s native controls,” said Jebaraj.  “They behave the same way as Microsoft controls and they are designed for optimal performance.  If you’re maintaining an application on a XAML platform such as WPF, then a lot of that code will simply carry over.”

Syncfusion provides about 80 percent of the standard building blocks enterprise application developers need to build app so they can focus on innovation rather than reinventing controls that are available off-the-shelf.

Get Everything You Need, And More
Syncfusion’s unlimited license gives developers access to more than 800 components and ready-to-use platforms for Big Data, data integration, dashboards and reports – everything developers need to build stunning applications for desktop, web, and mobile users plus the tools they need for data, analytics and reporting.

“We’ve spent a lot of time and effort building our finished platform products because we see customers building things like dashboards and reports over and over again,” said Jebaraj.  “They’re fairly complex products to build and support, and fairly expensive to license from other vendors.”

Syncfusion has spent several years building its dashboarding and reporting products, both of which rival some the most popular data visualization and reporting packages available today.  Users get access to all the functionality they need to build highly aesthetic, high performance decision-making tools on which today’s businesses rely.

“We license those products along with our controls so the same team using our controls can benefit from pre-packaged products and deploy them as these as they stay fit,” said Jebaraj.
“You can also customize them and embed them in an application using our SDK.”

Get a Flat-fee License
Syncfusion now offers annual flat-fee licenses so the number of developers using the product is now irrelevant. In addition, its licensing model has flexibility built in so customers can buy licenses scoped to a project, a department, or a line of business.

“We used to license by the seat, but it was challenging for us and our customers,” said Jebaraj.
“We don’t want to be a position where we’re counting heads, we don’t want to put our customers in a position where they’re counting heads, so we came up with the idea of a flat license which is a flat fee paid every year.”

For example, an organization with $100 million annual revenue would pay just $4,000 for a global license, which is what Syncfusion used to charge for two seats. The new revenue model has been popular among existing customers and it has also attracted many new customers who have discovered that the flat fee is more affordable than competitive options.

“Any company that is doing a lot of development in house can potentially save a lot of money on licensing costs,” said Jebaraj.  “We find the new model to be better for our customers and better for us.”

Another thing that distinguishes Syncfusion from its competitors is its heavy investment in R&D.  That strategy has enabled Syncfusion and its customers to continually deliver greater value.

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The mobile app development market is expanding its reach with every passing day. Today, saying that ‘there’s an app for everything’ isn’t wrong at any point. Mobile apps have made an impeccable space in the ‘to-do-lists’ of many companies. Even the smartphone users have built a distinct relation with these mobile applications.

The mobile app market

According to a report released by Statista, the Gross Annual Revenue of mobile app market will cross $189 billion by 2020. Another report shares that in the preceding year, users have downloaded 149.3 billion apps to their connected devices. And it is expected that t he same figure will touch the mark of 352.9 billion app downloads by 2021.

But Wait!!

Before the astounding figures attract you with its exponential growth, here’s the other side of the coin. According to a Mobile commerce daily report, 45% retail mobile app users aren’t satisfied with their mobile app experience.
Another report shares that in its first three days, an average mobile app loses 77% of its daily active users and 90% in 30 days.

Things to consider

No doubts that the mobile app market is expanding at a good pace, but as reports suggest, the users are still having incomplete expectations from the mobile applications. If you want to surpass the hurdles and succeed in the app world, it is important to build a user-centric mobile application.
Though everyone might plan to build an app of the kind, but not all succeed to win the hearts of users. This is why here we are sharing few points that you need to consider while building a mobile app.

1: Understanding the user

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that, you need to do a thorough research of your target audience, their current status, and what they expect to have in their mobile application. You need to study their likes and dislikes before adding the features to your mobile application. You can also try learning about the device that the large section of your target audience is using.

2: Impel yet attractive UI

You don’t really have to show all your ‘creativity’ while building the user interface of your mobile application. Keep it simple and easy to access. Ensure that the content is clearly visible, design elements are friendly, and the controls are placed at the right place. A tangled user interface can be a major reason behind user in satisfaction.

3: Compatibility

There are numerous smartphones and tablets available in the market. This variety has different screen sizes and orientation. You need to code and design your application keeping in mind all these smart devices irrespective of their screen size, OS, etc. To ensure this, you can test your mobile application on various devices.

4: Internet bandwidth

The primary reason behind this massive inclination towards the mobile applications is the time and efforts people save through them. If your mobile application takes a comparatively extra time to load at low internet bandwidth, your app users may eventually abandon your application. It is important that during the testing phase, you conduct a thorough test for the connectivity related performance issues also. Once you have the result with you, it’s time to work on presenting the best surfing experience to your users, irrespective of the network connectivity.

5: Release updates

You don’t have to present all your skills and expertise at the first launch of your mobile application. And the fact is, you can’t even do that. It is important that with the passing days, you learn through your mistakes and accordingly release updates. The best way to do this is through user reviews. Don’t leave them unattended. Check what your users expect from the application, and how you can retain them for long. It has been noticed that app updates are the best way to keep users engaged with your brand.

6: Security

With the increasing reach of IoT, the security breach has become quite common these days. Users think thrice before sharing their personal details or giving app permissions. While on one hand, you need to ensure their data safety, on the other side you also need to take care that you don’t ask them for the app permissions which are not linked or relevant to your mobile app.


The mobile app industry is going through series of changes. With every passing day, users are expecting something new, innovative, and more user-centric. The enhancing needs have indeed given rise to a tougher competition. The points listed above can indeed be of great help if implemented religiously.

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Mobile apps are designed to fulfill several business objectives such as to generate new revenue streams, enhance brand equity and to engage users to name a few. Today, the app market is flooded with innumerable apps and due to this, it has become a challenge to compel your target audience to download your app and use it on a regular basis. Hence, it is important to offer a great app and for this there is a need to understand the fundamentals of mobile app development. When it comes to knowing the fundamentals, it is essential to know about UI/UX. This is because the success of a mobile app largely depends on its UI/UX. Due to this, several renowned app development companies like Appinventiv pays a lot of attention on UI/UX design for apps.

There is no denying that when you are ready with amazing UI/UX design then only you are at a higher chance of achieving your goal of developing best apps. Before delving deeper, learning the differences between the terms User Interface and User Experience is beneficial for great mobile app development.

This is what I am going to discuss in this blog so that you can grab a better understanding of both these design terms. So, without further ado, get into your learning shoes.

Taking a Glimpse of User Experience

User Experience which is commonly used as UX is defined as the area of the design where designers work on enhancing the overall experience of the user. UX of a mobile app influences how users perceive it.

This aspect usually determines if a user will return to your app of if he will abandon an app after only one use. In order to accomplish the task of creating a wonderful UX, there is a need to follow a process, which generally involves proper research and strategy, user personas, user stories and prototyping

A Brief Insight Into User Interface

Talking about interface design, it is not just about buttons as well as navigation menus, but it is about the interaction between the user as well as the app. In simple words, it is about the way an app works.

Listed below are some essential elements of a great UI:


In order to provide great UI in mobile app development, you have to make sure that everything is clear through language as well as visuals. There should be no need of manuals to show the working of an app.


Don’t forget to keep your interface consistent across your app so that usage patterns can be easily recognized.

Good Speed

Good UI should not feel slow. You can provide feedback when the screen is loading and this will enhance the UI by informing users about the happenings.

Familiar Elements

You should use common symbols, icons, buttons and colors. This way you can make your users feel more comfortable and confident when using the mobile app.

In conclusion, you should not forget that people may be drawn to your app because of its great design, but they are likely to stick around if they are able to fulfill their goals. Hence, UI and UX are very important for qualitative mobile app development services.

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