Why is Android Still the Second Platform Developers Work On?

Every year we see the same promise: this is the year that Android-first development will become a reality. At the same time we see big companies like Instagram repeatedly introduce new apps that are iOS-only. Android has been able to tout more market share than iOS for quite some time, but that doesn’t seem to have translated into app developers releasing Android apps at the same time as their iOS counterparts, much less Android-first. Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking with developers and researching why this is still the case.
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Nest Introduces New Protect and Cam, Updates Software for Thermostat and Apps

Nest just exited the stage at their scheduled press event for today, announcing all sorts of new stuff that Nest fans will most certainly enjoy. They refreshed their entire product line, in case you were wondering. That means they showed off the all new Nest Cam, a 2nd generation Nest Protect, new software for the Thermostat, and a brand new app for Android and iOS.

I’ll try and recap the big stuff, but I highly recommend you dive into the press release below, because there is more stuff in there than I can even talk about without spending my entire day on Nest.  (more…)

WWDC 2015 Live Blog! Incredible. Beautiful. Fantastic. Great. Amazing.

Apple’S WWDC 2015 is happening this morning, in case you didn’t already know. WWDC doesn’t stand for “What Would (Jesus) Do (in) Charades” or “Willy Wonka Dots Candy” or “Where’s Waldo, Dammit, Come’on!” It stands for “Worldwide Developer Conference.” Forget the fact that Apple is using two Ws out of Worldwide, which is one word, and focus on the fact that we shall once again live blog the hell out of the happenings. Yes! Another DL Apple live blog is upon us.

I don’t need to explain why we cover these events, do I? Good.

So what is Apple going to call amazing, great, beautiful (x100), extraordinary, phenomenal, wonderful, gorgeous (x5), magnificent, exciting, amazingly remarkable, incredible (x26), advanced, and magical, this time around?  (more…)

Report: Google has Android Wear Working on iOS

Google has been pretty good about supporting both iOS and Android over the years. For the most part, all of their biggest services have been pushed to iOS as apps that are mostly as good as their Android counterparts. There are a few that haven’t quite reached the other side, though, namely Android Wear and Keep. I don’t think anyone is missing Keep, but can you imagine a world with Android Wear on iOS? That would mean Android Wear smartwatches competing directly with the soon-to-be-available Apple Watch. Like, that means watches that actually look like watches that aren’t of the 1992 calculator  variety. Ooooh, controversy. Ooooh, competition. Ooooh…ooooh.

According to a report out of The Verge, who spoke with a “source close to the (Android Wear) development team,” Google is close to “finishing the final technical details.” Finishing the final technical details. Mmmhmmm then. (more…)

Olio’s Model One is a “Finely Crafted” $600 Smartwatch That Works on Android and iOS

“Boutique” watch company, Olio, announced a limited edition smartwatch today called the Model One. The watch comes in both silver steel and black editions, with the steel starting at $595 and the black at $745. The watch is unique in that it carries a “round” watch face, but also because it works on both Android and iOS.  (more…)

Report: Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to Android

According to a report out of Reuters, Microsoft is preparing to bring its personal assistant over to both Android and iOS. We are talking about Cortana, of course, the smart assistant named from the Halo character that is currently a Windows Phone exclusive feature. The plan is to release Cortana onto the desktop when Windows 10 is released later this year, then move it onto other platforms, like the one we talk about on the daily.  (more…)