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Jetpack Compose 1.2 packs text improvements

Google toolkit for building native Android UIs toolkit enables more precise text alignment with font padding, introduces downloadable fonts API.

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Google Flutter 3 backs macOS, Linux

Framework for building mobile, web, and desktop applications from a shared codebase adds stable support for two key platforms.

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Build desktop and mobile UIs with Blazor Hybrid apps

.NET and Blazor bring the web development and mobile application worlds closer together.

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AWS Amplify adds visual development tool

AWS Amplify Studio gives developers a visual interface for building full-stack web and mobile apps by pointing and clicking.

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Cross-platform UIs ‘go live’ with .NET MAUI

.NET’s Multiplatform App UI is almost here. What do you need to know to start building cross-platform apps for mobile and desktop?

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Clojure meets Dart in ClojureDart

A port of Clojure that compiles to Dart, ClojureDart aims to extend the use of Clojure to mobile and desktop applications.

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Kotlin 1.6.20 arrives with better Java class interop

Latest update to the versatile language from JetBrains offers improvements for JVM, JavaScript, and native development.

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Google Flutter 2.10 intros stable support for Windows

With the latest Flutter update, Windows joins iOS and Android as Flutter targets for production-ready apps. MacOS and Linux desktop support are still in beta.

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Microsoft .NET MAUI Preview 11 updates Windows UI styling

Latest preview of the successor to Xamarin.Forms introduces support for Windows 11 UI styles and multi-window applications on MacOS, iPadOS, and Windows.

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Flutter 2.8 boosts mobile performance

Major rev of the Google-developed cross-platform development framework promises faster startup and lower resource requirements for mobile apps, along with easier ways to connect with back-end services.

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Kotlin 1.6.0 debuts memory manager

Memory manager for Kotlin/Native lifts restrictions on object sharing between threads and offers leak-free, concurrent programming primitives.

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Kotlin roadmap points to compiler, mobile improvements

Android and iOS code sharing technology, namespace prototype, code coverage plug-in, and documentation generation tool also in the works.

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Power Apps review: Sweeter than Honeycode

Much more than a no-code builder, Power Apps lets you add functionality with Excel-like formulas, easily connects to external data sources, and integrates with Power Automate for flow editing and Power BI for data analysis.

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Google unveils developer preview of Android 12L

Due in early-2022, Android 12L optimizes the Android system UI for large screens in preparation for the next wave of tablets, foldables, and Chromebooks.

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Microsoft weighs in on Surface Duo apps

Microsoft unveils guidance and tools for adapting applications for dual-screen, foldable, and large-screen devices, especially the Surface Duo 2.

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Google Flutter 2.5 UI kit is now stable

The updated version hones in on performance and improved capabilities for Android and iOS.

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Jetpack Compose for Android turns GA

Google’s ‘modern’ declarative toolkit for building native Android user interfaces is now available in a 1.0 production release.

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Microsoft sunsets Xamarin toolkit

With .NET MAUI due to arrive in November 2021, Microsoft announced it would end updates to the Xamarin mobile app development platform in November 2022.

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