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This Week in Mobile (Dec 11)

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This Week in Mobile (Dec 11)

Our weekly roundup of what matters for mobile developers, including a content blocker for Mozilla and Safari, and advice for bootstrapping indie apps.

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Both Google and Apple have announced their lists for the best apps of the year. Maybe one of these articles will give you what you need to win out next year! 


Apple have given their list of the Best Apps of 2015, with The Robot Factory as number one. 

Felix Krause talks about Automating Your Daily iOS Developer Tasks with the excellent fastlane. 

Accessibility Three Ways: iOS Implementation Case Studies focusses on the accessibility APIs in iOS 8 and 9.

Make sure to check out The iOS Times' 2015 Advent Calendar, showcasing open source libraries for your iOS apps. 

Some new projects that might interest you this week: 

  • Focus: A free content blocker for Safari from Mozilla

  • ImagePicker: Reinventing the way ImagePicker works

  • swift-package-manager: The package manager for the Swift programming language

  • Swiftline: A set of tools to help you create command line applications


Google have published their list of the Best Apps of 2015; congratulations if you made it onto their chart!

We mentioned Plaid a few weeks ago - a showcase of material design. Hannes Dorfmann has taken to Refactoring Plaid App - A Reactive MVP Approach

Although the hype behind beacons has dropped a little, there's still a place for the technology. Check out this Introduction to Google Eddystone.

It seems that the best way to build an Android app is with RxJava; see one developer's journey in Android Application Architecture.

Some interesting projects from this week: 

  • FinestWebView-Android: Customizable Android Activity that shows web pages within an app

  • TapBarMenu: Library that helps create a tap bar menu layout

  • floatingsearchview: A search view that implements a floating search bar, also known as persistent search

  • WheelPicker: Simple and wonderful wheel picker for Android


Stuck on your current project? It happens to everyone in The Last 10%.

I'm sure a lot of you want to build a game? Well it's not that easy - see 7 Lessons to Bootstrap an Indie Anything, where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at making an indie game.

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