Writing on the Windows blog, Microsoft has revealed that early support for CMake in Windows Phone and Windows 8 is now available.
CMake is a cross-platform project files generator that enables re-use of shared C++ code across multiple IDEs or project systems. An early build of CMake that allows you to target Windows Store and Windows Phone apps is available on CodePlex here.
Microsoft is working with Kitware and CMake community to incorporate feedback and integrate it soon in the public CMake repository.
To learn more on using CMake for Windows Store and Windows Phone apps, MIcrosoft has created a short quick-start exercise (with sample code and installer) that developers can try out here.
What’s more important for a developer than monitoring how well his apps are going?
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I know many of you are eagerly waiting for Microsoft to release the lockscreen app for Windows Phone 8.1 devices. Last week, Joe Belfiore tweeted that the app might be released this week. Today, he provided the update on the progress.
Hopefully, the app will pass through Windows Phone certification in its first attempt. If not, we have to wait longer for its release.
Vision Mobile has posted a result of their bi-annual survey of mobile developers.
They revealed, despite the low market share of Windows Phone, that the OS continued to attract interest from developers, with 28% of developers creating for the platform, up from 21% a year ago. Microsoft has said 500 new apps are being added each day to the Windows Phone Store.
10% of developers were also dedicated to using Microsoft tools like C# to develop mobile apps, while 32% prioritized Objective C and 42% Android’s Java.
Vision Mobile notes Microsoft developers were the most loyal, saying:
We posted earlier on the unofficial Verge app for Windows Phone being pulled due to a trademark issue.
At the time it seemed this would only be a temporary blip, and that after a few changes the app would be returned to the Windows Phone Store.
Now it seems this may have been a tad overoptimistic.
After Anand Prakash, a Microsoft employee and developer of the app, made the required changes to remove the Verge’s trademark and attempted to approve these with the Verge’s layers, he was told that he did not have permission to distribute the Verge’s content, making the app basically useless.
Anand notes that his app is pretty equivalent to an app like Feedly, in short basically a reader for web content, and that the decision did not make much sense.
On the other hand, maybe this is all in preparation for the Verge releasing their own official app … is hell getting a bit chilly yet?
Read the detail of the issue at Anand-prakash.net here.
One day the Windows Phone and Windows 8 platform will merge, and to help prepare developers Microsoft has already started merging the developer resources for both platforms.
The new site will house education materials, guidance, code samples, and reference documentation for Windows Store and Windows Phone, hopefully inspiring developers to develop more universal apps, which will boost both app stores.
The updated site features:
Since AdDeals Network was launched six months ago, it has known a quite impressive and steady growth on the Windows Phone market and has become a leading performance based ad Network on this platform.
- Hundreds of Windows phone developers use our tools every day.
- Millions of Windows Phone apps integrating AdDeals advertising tools are downloaded every month.
- AdDeals now allows all developers to integrate full screen ads & Square ads in a truly innovative way.
- AdDeals is accessible to all developers. It’s about quality, choice and deals for end users, publishers & advertisers.
Today, we are happy to unveil our new ad format available to the whole Windows Phone developers community for Windows Phone 8, 8.1 & Unity. At Ahead Solutions we strive to provide great and different advertising tools that change the way people think of mobile advertising and will enhance the end user experience when integrated into Windows Phone apps & games. As a result we have built Square, a truly innovative ad format providing:
Recently, a Reddit post revealed that Microsoft is not encrypting the WinRT based universal apps in Windows Phone Store. This allows anyone to download Appx packages from the internet and use it to develop their own apps. Also, they can publish it as apps in Windows Phone Store leading to piracy.
During Windows Phone 7 days, the same issue happened with Silverlight based XAP apps. Microsoft fixed it by encrypting the XAP packages in Windows Phone Store. I wonder why Microsoft has dropped this policy of encrypting Appx packages similar to XAP packages. As a temporary solution, developers can use .NET Obfuscator to obfuscate their code.
Read more about it here.
Microsoft introduced the Lumia Sensorcore SDK at BUILD 2014.
This new SDK takes advantage of a low-powered hardware core in some of the latest Nokia Windows phones, like the Lumia 930 and 630, enabling power- and memory-efficient tracking of motion and location data.
The feature is ideal for fitness and activity tracking apps, and Microsoft is running a Webinar tomorrow (8Jul 3pmUTC) Tuesday, July 8, 2014 4:00:00 PM BST – 5:00:00 PM BST to help developers implement the feature.
Read more and register for the webinar here.
As announced during Build conference this year, Microsoft today released the Imaging SDK 1.2 and SensorCore SDK Beta for Lumia Windows Phone devices. While the new imaging SDK based apps will work on all Lumia WP8 devices, SensorCore SDK apps require SensorCore hardware which is available only in latest WP8.1 devices like Lumia 630, Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520.
What’s new for developers in Imaging SDK v1.2?
The Nokia Imaging SDK 1.2 is fully compatible with Universal apps and Windows Runtime languages, providing developers with flexibility to use the languages they prefer. With support for animated GIFs and Image Aligner, it’s now possible for you to create moving-images apps, too.
Additionally, the new Local Blending API makes it easier to merge and position images of different sizes on top of each other, allowing for more interesting creations.
About SensorCore SDK,
We posted yesterday on how RatRod Studios were surprised by expected success on Windows Phone, racking up millions of downloads on the platform in only 6 months.
Now Pocketgamer.biz reports from the Pocket Gamer Connects conference in Helsinki, that developers could be missing out on as much as 10% of the market by not supporting Windows Phone with their cross-platform games.
The message comes from Andrea Boetti of mobile payments and direct billing network Fortumo, who notes developers need to "think a little bit forward at what’s coming next" rather than merely focusing on the here and now.
"It may surprise you, but there are many countries – to be precise, 24 countries worldwide – where Windows Phone is selling better than iOS," opened Boetti, citing emerging markets such as Mexico and Saudi Arabia as well as Nokia strongholds like Finland and Poland.
"If you have a cross-platform application, 10 percent of your users might be lost if you’re not porting your game to the Windows platform as well," he continued.
Canadian development studio Ratrod Studios has revealed that it has been pleasantly surprised by the success of their racing game Drift Mania on Windows Phone and Windows 8, such that they will be porting all their games to the platform.
Founder Pat Toulouse noted the 6 million downloads was twice the number of downloads on any other platform over the last few months. He has already added another 1 million downloads for Skateboard Party 2. He credits the Unity toolkit for his success, and notes that he believes all games will be cross-platform in the future, and that it only took a few days to port the games to Windows Phone and a week to Windows 8.1.
Ratrod Studios planned to embrace universal apps and synchronizing settings via OneDrive from one device to another, a new feature in Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1
DVLUP is a developer focused website where you’ll get exclusive access to App Challenges, news, events, partner opportunities and more. Earn points to redeem for Rewards, including promotional placements for your Apps. Microsoft today announced the improved DVLUP site with more than 58,000 lines of code were reviewed, updated and improved for this latest update. Find the improvements from the link below.
- All Challenge submissions are now on a separate page to simplify and improve the usability, especially on your mobile and tablet devices! And, your available apps, as well as past or pending submissions are now more clearly displayed, too.
- The database has been re-organized to better import and handle your apps across numerous platforms and countries.
- Our Quizzes are now on a separate page to simplify and improve usability, especially on mobile devices. And, as you will see, all Quiz questions will now appear on the same page, making it easier to complete a quiz.
- The sections of DVLUP for Challenges, Events, the Leaderboard, and Reward listings have all been reworked for additional speed.
- Our Campaigns for app marketing are now part of the Reward section, which will make it easier for you to see what is available, and give you more ideas for how to effectively use your points. You will also see new filtering options to allow easier access to both Rewards and Campaigns.
Read more about the improvements at DVLUP.