Xamarin 4 Adds Platform Improvements to Create Cross-Platform Apps

Posted 11/23/2015 6:01:26 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Xamarin 4 Adds Platform Improvements to Create Cross-Platform Apps
Xamarin has released Xamarin 4 offering enhancements to the companies cross platform development platform including additions to the Xamarin Test Cloud and the new Xamarin Insights real-time app monitoring service.

New improvements include functionality for developing iOS apps in Visual Studio, Mono/.NET upgrades, improvements to Xamarin’s iOS and Android designers, a new Xamarin Test Recorder preview tool for mobile UI testing, and Xamarin.UITest C# testing framework for advanced testing. Other new features include:

- iOS Apps in Visual Studio: Connect to a Mac to develop, build, debug, and deploy applications using rebuilt support for developing iOS apps from Visual Studio.

- XIB Launch Screens: Support multiple iOS form factors with a XIB-based launch screen using the designer.

- tvOS with Xamarin: Apple’s tvOS is based on iOS, but has a number of key UI and framework differences which are leveraged with Xamarin 4. 

- Creating iOS Extensions: Allow apps to create a rich inter-app experience by passing documents and context between them.

- Android Material Design in Xamarin.Forms: Android Material Design is Google’s new design language and Xamarin.Forms now supports it.

- Xamarin Forms 2.0: Includes a number of new features and performance enhancements.

To learn more about the new features, developers can access free Xamarin 4 Lightning Lectures from Xamarin University.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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