IN THIS ISSUE: Ivanti to Acquire MobileIron; Size Matters with Android Objects; The Pursuit of 'Appiness'; Xamarin Libraires Get Device Data Easily; Google Mandates its In-app Billing System; Xamarin Founder's Gripes about AppStore
IT management solutions company Ivanti has entered an agreement to purchase endpoint management tools developer MobileIron in a all-cash deal valued at $872 million. Ivanti also will purchase Pulse Secure, which develops security tools; terms were not disclosed.
Android developers should be aware of the objects created by their apps and the effect those objects might have on heap size, system memory and other device resources. Pierre-Yves Ricau, an Android tech lead at Square better known as "Py," dives deeply into "the real size of Android objects."
An interesting exploration of what apps are--and what they are not--by Google software engineer Alex Russell. And titled using an interesting play on the words of America's founding document.
Xamarin development expert Leomaris Reyes explores two Xamarin.Essentials libraries that do indeed provide essential device intormation to apps: DeviceInfo and DeviceDisplay.
Google is tightening the leash on developers who market their apps on the Google Play store. Beginning next year, all apps that implement in-app purchases will be required to use Google's IAP system to perform those transactions. And this time they mean it.
Miguel de Icaza, whose credits include the GNOME, Mono and Xamarin projects, explains why he beleives that Apple's AppStore is filled with loopholes and riddled with pitfalls.