Google made the big announcement that Android 6.0 (code named Marshmallow) is due to be pushed out to existing Nexus devices starting this week. Marshmallow brings with it some pretty huge changes for developers and users alike:Continue Reading Article
Last week’s Apple event did not disappoint. And as developers, we believe the decision to open up Apple TV to applications is the biggest announcement from Apple since they introduced the iPad. Apple’s announcement also means the battle for control of the next-generation big-screen experience has begun in earnest. In addition to their TV announcement, Apple also unveiled the iPad Pro, a new iPhone lineup, and the untethered Apple Watch. With each of these new products come features your applications can begin taking advantage of now.Continue Reading Article
We’ve created a free UI Kit / starter kit for tvOS design following Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines.
You’ll need San Fransisco, Apple’s font of choice for everything on the Apple TV:https://developer.apple.com/fonts/
For more information about Apple TV design, visit Apple’s website at: https://developer.apple.com/tvos/human-interface-guidelines/Continue Reading Article
OMG. There are so many screen sizes now.
Not to worry though. This is no big deal and I’m here to guide you.
Your keys to sanity will be setting up a PSD and using the right tools to make your life easier. in case you missed it, yes, I did say PSD. And for those of you that use Sketch, or have considered it, look out for my upcoming post comparing the two design tools. It pits Photoshop CC 2015 against Sketch 3 in a fight to the designer’s death. (Stress induced. Obviously.)Continue Reading Article
Earlier this month, Netflix announced that they had dropped Java from the rendering pipeline for their primary netflix.com web application. In its place, the company is using an architecture that leans on two technologies that have received an immense amount of press in the last couple of years – Node.js and React.
The fact that Netflix is using either one of these tools to power its most public and widely-accessible app would be newsworthy on its own, if perhaps a bit unsurprising to engineers building modern applications for the web. (Node.js is being used in production by PayPal, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and many others. React, originally created at Facebook, is a major part of that company’s front-end architecture and is gaining traction at many other companies, including the BBC, Dropbox, and Airbnb.)Continue Reading Article
As designers, we’ve all been there. We’ve all experienced the dreaded “design rut.” Sometimes it feels as if every design looks the same, like it’s impossible to find the right solution for a design problem. Other times, a design rut is as simple as not knowing where or how to begin a new project. If you’re like most designers, you’ll go to great lengths to try and avoid this experience. You’ll read blogs, follow design gurus on Twitter, browse the web in hopes of discovering some new or innovative design pattern and search for inspiration in everyday life. While all of these actions can help move you towards a solution, to me, nothing compares to the enlightenment you can attain from attending a design conference. The amount of inspiration and motivation you can gain by spending days immersed in a community of people from varying professions and design backgrounds is *almost* overwhelming.Continue Reading Article
One of the sessions at WWDC this year was entitled Protocol-Oriented Programming, and looked to introduce a new a set of Swift features as well as a new paradigm for programming in Swift that takes advantage of its value semantics. So what is it? And how does it actually change the way we think about programming?Continue Reading Article
For years, apps have existed as individual silos, with their data all but invisible to search engines. Recently, however, Google and Apple have made strides in indexing app content. Now, users can find information in an app as easily as they can on a website, or be directed to a native app for content they searched for on the web.
There are several pieces to App Indexing that make implementation complicated, but understanding these pieces is critical as the results are potentially massive. What we are looking at is one of the largest SEO opportunities in years.Continue Reading Article
iOS 9 finally brought what everyone has been waiting for, multitasking. The Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture (PiP) have made the iPad a more powerful and handy tool than ever before. Having everything you need on the screen at the same time increases productivity at work, which will definitely be appreciated in the business world. Instead of switching back and forth between apps, the user can focus on things that are really important. And now, thanks to Apple’s elegant solution for video-streaming apps, you don’t have to pause your favorite TV series while replying to a friend’s email, or while you browse or search for other episodes. Apple’s also made it easy for us to look things up on the Internet while we’re talking to someone on FaceTime with iOS 9.Continue Reading Article
In June, Apple introduced the world to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which I accidentally refer to as “El Camino” on the reg. Fortunately, as designers, there aren’t many visual changes we’ll need to be aware of. There are a few UX challenges we’ll be facing though, as well as some new features we should keep in mind when we are determining an app’s functionality.Continue Reading Article
Let’s say you have a blog with tons of posts and want to give your readers an easy way to search for content without paging through a long list of previous articles. One way you can accomplish this is by providing users with a search field that makes an API call and returns all posts matching some of the specified criteria. But how do you get up and running quickly with text search on specified fields for documents in your collection?Continue Reading Article
Games have been a huge part of the App Store since its inception. From Words With Friends to Clash of Clans to Flappy Bird, iOS has proven to be a viable gaming platform with market penetration that traditional handheld consoles could only dream of. Apple has taken notice and provided developers with frameworks that make working with their technologies even more appealing, including SpriteKit and SceneKit. The information at this year’s WWDC was no different, including the announcement of two more game development technologies, GameplayKit and ReplayKit.Continue Reading Article