|[May 28, 2014]
Xamarin 3 Breaks New Ground in Native Mobile App Development
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
Xamarin, the company that empowers more than 600,000 developers to build
fully native mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows, today announced
the availability of Xamarin 3. This release brings a groundbreaking new
alternative to Apple's Xcode Interface Builder for designing iOS apps in
Xamarin. In addition, Xamarin 3 provides developers with the world's
first mobile API for building app UI for iOS, Android and Windows Phone (News - Alert)
using shared code that delivers fully native apps with no compromise to
the user experience.
Enterprise mobility, BYOD and the proliferation of smart devices create
compound challenges for developers. Businesses are mobilizing operations
at a rapid pace; according to analyst firm Gartner (News - Alert), the ratio of
projects focused on mobile vs. PC app development is expected to reach a
ratio of 4:1 by 2015. With high expectations for mobile user experiences
and growing momentum for emerging device form factors, like Google (News - Alert)
Glass, Android Wear and Amazon Fire TV,�it is becoming increasingly
difficult for developers to deliver on every demand.
Xamarin solves these challenges by unifying native mobile development
for iOS, Android and development in C#, the language used by an
estimated six million developers worldwide. The introduction of Xamarin
3 accelerates native mobile app development, vastly improving the mobile
app design process, and providing more code-sharing possibilities than
any other solution in the market, while still delivering apps with
completely native UI, behavior and performance fidelity. Xamarin
achieves this while allowing businesses to leverage existing in-house
developer skills, code and tools, such as Visual Studio, to build native
mobile apps that share source code across device platforms, essentially
transforming existing teams into mobile developers virtually overnight.
"Mobile is an increasingly strategic channel for us to engage with our
readers," said Ian Rosen, Vice President and General Manager,
MarketWatch and SmartMoney at Dow Jones. "Xamarin made it possible for
our team to build an app much more quickly than we otherwise could have."
Xamarin 3 Features:
Xamarin 3 builds on the company's unique approach to native development
in C# with the following new features.
Xamarin Designer for iOS: Integrated into Xaarin's supported
IDEs-Visual Studio and Xamarin Studio-the Xamarin Designer for iOS is
a powerful alternative to Apple's Xcode Interface Builder and enables
developers to stay in a single development environment for the entire
app development process. The Xamarin Designer for iOS enables
developers to create and modify iOS 6 and 7 storyboard files and
includes support for auto-layout. Going beyond Xcode, the Xamarin
Designer for iOS has very simple and intuitive event handling, and is
the only iOS designer in the world that previews custom controls, so
that developers see in the Xamarin Designer exactly what will be on
the screen in their iOS apps.
Xamarin.Forms: Xamarin.Forms is a simple API enabling
developers to quickly and easily build shared user interface code for
iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Xamarin.Forms apps are completely
native, and it is easy to mix-and-match Xamarin.Forms shared code UI
with platform-specific nuances for complete control on each platform.
Xamarin.Forms includes more than 40 controls, layouts, and other
essential classes for developing compelling native user interfaces
with shared code.
Improved code-sharing options for Xamarin apps: Xamarin
3 introduces two great new code-sharing techniques for cross-platform
Shared Projects: Introduced at last month's BUILD
conference, Shared Projects provide a simple, clean approach to
code sharing for cross-platform application developers. Xamarin
developers can now use Shared Projects to share code across iOS,
Android, and Windows in either Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio.
Portable Class Libraries: Portable Class Libraries offer a
powerful mechanism for building libraries that are consumable
across a diverse range of .NET (News - Alert) runtimes, including Xamarin.iOS,
Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.Mac, as well as Windows Phone,
Windows Store, and other .NET platforms. Xamarin Studio and Visual
Studio support both the creation and consumption of PCLs in
Major enhancements to Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio
NuGet: Xamarin 3 includes full support for using NuGet
packages in your mobile apps - in Visual Studio or Xamarin Studio
- enabling you to take advantage of the many NuGet packages which
are now shipping with Xamarin compatibility.
.NET BCL Documentation: Full documentation for the .NET
Base Class Libraries (BCL) is now integrated into Xamarin Studio.
F# Support: Xamarin Studio now ships with built-in support
for building iOS and Android apps using the increasingly popular
F# functional programming language.
"Today, a large part of every business process and customer transaction
happens on a mobile device," said Nat Friedman, CEO and cofounder,
Xamarin. "Xamarin's unique approach of giving developers full native
power combined with code-sharing agility, has already helped thousands
of businesses successfully deliver on their mobile strategy. Xamarin 3
makes it even faster for developers to reach mobile users on all major
For additional information on Xamarin 3, benefits and pricing visit:
blog.xamarin.com where you can also sign up for an Introduction to
Xamarin 3 webinar.
Xamarin is the new standard for enterprise mobile development. No other
platform enables businesses to reach 2.6 billion iOS, Android, Mac and
Windows devices with 100 percent fully native apps from a single, shared
code base. Xamarin is used by over 600,000 developers from more than 100
Fortune 500 companies to accelerate the creation of mission-critical
consumer and enterprise apps. Xamarin's global customer base in 120
countries includes Dow Jones, Bosch, McKesson, Halliburton, Blue Cross
Blue Shield, Cognizant (News - Alert), GitHub, Rdio and WebMD. Xamarin is a Visionary
in Gartner's 2013 Magic Quadrant report for Mobile Application
Development Platforms. For more information, please visit: xamarin.com
or follow us @xamarinhq.
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