October 25, 2018
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Matthew David from TheAppBuilder.com is an intense individual. He has seen the opportunity lying in front of mobile application developers and I suspect that it’s keeping him up at night. No, its not tied to a single platform. The opportunity he sees is based on a trend that involves billions of mobile phone users around the globe. “There are 7 billion people on the planet, 4.5 billion of them have cell phones” David explained, “currently 5% are smartphones. By the end of 2012, we’ll see that number move to 20%.” That’s about 700 million new smartphones, for those of us counting along, that will be coming online this year. Let that number sink in for a moment. If you’re a bit skeptical, note that some projections put 2012 iPhone says at between 125 and 200 million, and that’s just one phone in the market.
Android 8 Oreo has hardly had a chance to gain a toehold in the market and yet Google has already brought forth an API-laden developer preview of Android 8.1. Android 8.1 looks to be a more developer-focused release with fewer user-facing features and more under the hood for app writers.
Apple plans to change its Push Notification Service next year and has warned developers that now is the time to migrate to the latest version. The current build of the service will no longer support the legacy binary protocol starting in November 2020. Here's what the new version offers.