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SDK for Microsoft dual-screen smartphones

Microsoft introduced their new device. An interesting feature of the smartphone is two screens connected by hinges. Surface Duo runs on the Android operating system, and the diagonal of each screen is 5.6 inches. Despite the fact that the device has not yet gone on sale, the company has already released its SDK to help developers adapting their applications to the new device. The presence of two screens opens up many new possibilities. The company offers several possible options for their use: two screens display one whole image and work as one big screen; each application displays its own application, which allows the user to work with two applications simultaneously; the application window is displayed on one screen, and on the second is a keyboard for typing or a joystick for games, etc. Microsoft experts note that the new product is still under development, and therefore in the next few months, the capabilities of this device can be expanded based on feedback from developers. Microsoft also offers third-party developers to learn various input methods (touch, stylus, etc.), as well as various orientations for devices with two screens. The company also offers developers to implement the drag-and-drop function from one screen to another in their applications. This function is one of the most innovative and useful in this device: you can drag and drop various elements from one application to another. To test new mobile applications by third-party developers, Microsoft released an Android emulator for Surface Duo.


The libraries of free icons

Creating a beautiful and unique application interface, developers, web and game designers use icons. In order not to reinvent the wheel, you can use ready-made icons. Especially for you, we have compiled a small list of sites where you can find thousands of free icons and use them in the design of your application. The Noun Project Here you can choose the right options for your project from more than 2 million icons from different artists. Iconmonstr A site with four thousand different icons from one artist, divided into 300 collections. Good Stuff No Nonsense A library of hand-drawn icons created by one artist. Orion A collection of more than 8 thousand icons with a built-in editor. Icomoon A library of free icons with 4000 options. Pictonic A site with iconic fonts that don't lose quality when scaling, therefore they are used mainly by web designers when creating sites. Flaticon On this site you can find more than 2 million icons in various formats. Font Awesome The most popular resource among designers who use icon fonts. PixelLove A site with 15 thousand icons designed specifically for designers who create an application interface on Android and iOS.


Rating of programming languages 2020

Developers try to simplify and at the same time improve the process of developing games and applications. A lot of new programming languages appear for iOS and Android, and sometimes it’s very difficult for beginners to make a choice: what language should you start learning programming with? What programming languages are most relevant now? We decided to simplify the task for beginners, and everyone who is interested in the news of the gaming industry, and made our own rating of programming languages, describing their advantages and disadvantages SWIFT The programming language developed by Apple. It is suitable for developing games and applications for the platforms iOS, OS X, iPadOS, MacOS and WatchOS. This programming language is quite new, but is developing rapidly. Advantages: - easy to learn and create interfaces; - multifunctional; - the iOS platform is the most profitable. Disadvantages: - there are no instructions from Apple, but there are many materials on the Internet; - not cross-platform; - Mac is required to develop games and applications in this programming language. KOTLIN Kotlin programming language, developed by JetBrains, is fully compatible with Java, which allows developers who are familiar with Java quickly switch to this language and embed new functions in ready-made projects without having to rewrite the entire code. Moreover, at the Google I/O 2019 conference, this programming language was recognized as a priority when developing games and applications for Android devices. Advantages: - simple and multifunctional; - opens up new possibilities in the development of products for the Android platform; - fully compatible with Java. Disadvantages: - not fully cross-platform; - has a relatively small community of users. DART The programming language developed by Google, which the company intended as an alternative to JavaScript. This new language is used in the Flutter framework, which allows you to create an application for any main platform. Advantages: - cross-platform; - actively developing and has the support of Google; - creating an interface is not tied to a specific operating system, but is developed using code. Disadvantages: - has a relatively small community of users. JAVASCRIPT One of the most popular programming languages in the world. Most often used when creating interactive web pages, as well as in cross-platform frameworks. Advantages: - cross-platform; - easy to learn; - a large community of users; - a lot of materials on the network. Disadvantages: - requires external frameworks.


ASO Optimization Trends

More than 1.3 million games and applications, which were released in 2019, significantly increased overall competition in the gaming market and increased demand for ASO. ASO - a set of measures to optimize the application, including the optimization of the name of the application, its description and keywords. A high-quality ASO helps to make it easier for users to find applications among others. According to AppFigures, the following trends will appear in the field of application optimization in 2020: 1) A lot of companies will start using ASO to optimize their applications. Already, more than half (60%) of the top apps and games in USAuse keyword optimization, which is 50% more than at the beginning of 2019. And the faster application developers see the potential of ASO, the more difficult it will be to succeed in promoting the application without ASO optimization. 2) Apple and Google will change the search algorithms. Both companies are constantly working on improving game and application search algorithms to provide users with relevant results. It is expected that in 2020 Applewill pay attention to fair competition of applications and will track the ways in which some applications gain an unjustifiably high rating to further fix search system bugs. Google will change the rating system of the applicationby the number of downloads for the whole existence of the app to the rating by the number of recent downloads and calculate its average rating. This will increase the chances of new applications for taking the first lines of the top. 3) Keywords will become phrases. The frequent use of short keywords and general terms leads to the glut and makes the use of such keywords in optimization unprofitable due to high competition. At the same time, the search algorithms of many systems are improved every day and allow users to find games and applications not only by individual words and terms, but also by phrases and even sentences. And in connection with the emergence of new features of search engines, a thorough study of keywords and phrases will become a decisive factor in high-quality ASO application optimization. 4) Page conversion will be the main indicator of the success of the application. Attracting a large number of users to the page with the applicationis only a half of a good ASO. An equally important indicator is the number of downloads of the application, i.e. the number of those who not only viewed the page, but also became interested in the product, deciding to useit. It is expected that in 2020, the number of those developers who will pay great attention to how well the number of page impressions of the application is converted to downloads will increase significantly.


Everything about the Progressive Web App

Progressive Web App (PWA) - web applications that work like web pages, but are installed on the user's device and continue to operate even if there is no Internet connection, using cached data. Such web applications are convenient to use. They combine the capabilities of beautiful design and adaptability, while their development is not much different from the development of a website. Well-known examples of PWA are Twitter, Alibaba, and Forbes. Benefits of PWA: - they work in any browser and operating system; - they have an adaptive design, that can adapt to any screen size of the device; - they can be used at a low data transfer rate or even in the complete absence of an Internet connection; - they make it possible to use interactive functions that are not available on regular sites; - since all the data of progressive applications are transmitted through HTTPs connection, they guarantee users complete security; - users don't need to reinstall PWA to see updates. When developers make changes to the application, they are displayed automatically; - since PWA works directly through the browser, users don't need to think about its compatibility with the device, or about how much space it will take to install. Distinctive features of PWA: 1) WEB APPLICATION MANIFEST The PWA data must contain a JSON-file, which containsinformation about the application icon, the full and short name of the app, and also the background color. 2) SERVICE WORKERS Service Workers is a technology that is an intermediary between the network and the application. It scans network requests and caches information in the background for offline access to PWA. 3) ICONS PWA has the function of installing an icon on the user's desktop for quick access to the application. 4) DATA TRANSFER VIA HTTPS To ensure the safety of users, all PWA operate only through a secure network.



We'd like to share with you one of the newest projects of Red Rift Inc. In the game “HitNut” you have to play for the red and fluffy squirrel, which, like all squirrels, loves nuts so much. But it's not so easy to get them. The squirrel will have to take the help of other animals and go through all obstacles to pick up the treasured nut. Control the flight of the squirrel, collect coins, bouncing off animals, avoid obstacles, increase your level and explore the additional skillsof a funny squirrel. The game is developed on the Unity engine, which is one of the best game engines at the moment. Game development in Unityis based on a component-oriented approach, in which you can easily arrange objects in real time. And the rich Asset Store, where developers post their projects, can greatly simplify the creation of games. To create the interface of the application, characters and scenes,our artists use Photoshop. This is the main program that allows you to work with graphics at a professional level, create colorful images and then add them to the game. The game is available for download on Google Play, but the Red Rift Inc. development team works on improving it daily: we make sure that the game works correctly on all devices, update the game, adding new features and content.