Mobile Development Digest #56

Winter vacation period is over and work life returns to normal. I finished reading of Swift Style book and will wait for next chapters. It’s in beta state and not 100% ready. My opinion still the same – this book need to be on a bookshelf of every Swift developer. Next book in queue is Advanced Swift from team. I hope to finish it in two weeks and give a short review.

In the meantime, enjoy new digest!

In this issue:

  • Lesson learned about React Navive
  • How Prisma App has been A/B tested
  • Top Android games showcase
  • Top iOS conferences in 2017
  • New iOS and Android tutorials

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Using React Native: One Year Later. Case study about JS vs Native development in iOS.

App Store shatters records on New Year’s Day. January 1, 2017 is the busiest App Store’s busiest day ever. $240 million in customer purchases. App developers earned $20 billion in 2016.

Custom controls: Button action with confirmation through 3D touch (by @Yari D’areglia). One more awesome article from Think & Build blog. Pretty handy example of how to use 3D touch, animations and CALayer to build attractive and understandable UI. I highly recommend to read all posts there. It’s not so many (unfortunatelly). My favourite is Creating custom walkthroughs for your apps. It helped me a lot last summer.

Top 10 iOS Conferences in 2017. Most in US, few in Europe and Asia. RW team created awesome chart that can help you make a choice.



Understanding Android Core: Looper, Handler, and HandlerThread.

The Next Step for Reactive Android Programming. Migration from RxJava 1 to v2 explained.


Top 25 Offline Beautiful Games For iOS & Android (2017). Showcase of gameplay from 2D to 3D.


Prisma: How We A/B tested and Optimized 2016’s App of the Year. In 2016 Prisma app was selected as the best app in AppStore and top trending app in Google Play. Prisma has millions of users and even small change in conversion has significant effect on revenue. SplitMetrics made several experiments with screenshots, description and banners to increase conversion.

All of 20016’s top mobile apps are owned by either Google or Facebook. If not developed then acquired by Facebook or Google. This report also reveals stagnation on mobile app marketplace. Almost 50% US users stopped downloading new apps.


Auto-Layout plugin for Sketch supports Android and Web now.


Cover photo by Christos Barbalis

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