Samsung isn’t making it easy for developers. The company may have released a handful of SDKs for its latest devices, but Samsung’s non-committal approach to its Tizen platform is probably going to cost it developer support.
Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.
Windows Phone 8.1 represents developers’ best chance to make some money – at least as far as Microsoft is concerned. The company released a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 today and hopes that code writers will get to work creating compelling apps and games for its refreshed mobile operating system.
Microsoft this week released Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta for developers. The expanded set of open source tools should ease the pain of web programming and technical computing, and are being offered for free under the Apache 2.0 license.
Windows Phone 8.1 adds compelling user-facing features, but it’s a bit of a mystery just how much developers will be able to take advantage of them. The revised smartphone operating system from Microsoft will hit the street as soon as May in new hardware, and will be distributed to existing handsets by the summer months.
Of the many things that developers need to worry about when attempting to create a successful app, two points rise to the top. First, the app can’t crash, and second, it has to respond to user input quickly. This is easier said than done, however, thanks to a deck that’s stacked against developers. Crittercism spent a month collecting over 1 billion data points and determined which devices, operating systems, and networks best lead to stable – and profitable – apps.
Last month, ProgrammableWeb published an article that took a detailed look at DataSift and Gnip, two of the leading enterprise social data platforms. The article mentions the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS) and how DaaS is anticipated to significantly grow the market for Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms.
HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year’s well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One’s success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
Samsung and the Tizen Association recently made the Tizen Software Development Kit for Wearables available from the Tizen developer web site. The SDK supports any wearable running Samsung’s Tizen operating system, but that’s an extremely limited number of devices at the moment, with just the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches filling the space.