Last week we issued a challenge to the Xamarin community to use the new Material Design controls with Visual by reproducing an existing screen. The view should look and behave mostly the same on both Android and iOS. The goal for us was to learn if the new Visual feature was easy to use, how helpful the Material Design controls were for meeting design needs, and what we should do next to make this capability really sing. You really took to the challenge and exceeded our expectations
Visual Studio 2019 is the next major version of Visual Studio which is now generally available (GA)! With this version, there is a lot to love. From a real-time collaboration with colleagues using Visual Studio Live Share to the new Visual Studio start window as well as delights like per-monitor DPI support and improved debug capabilities. We believe this is the best release of Visual Studio yet!
User groups are getting together to learn about new, exciting releases and tooling to help jumpstart their next mobile development project. Network with your local community this month and you too could get all the latest updates about Xamarin and .NET related technologies.
Historically iOS applications have had a number of limitations when running on a device, as Apple disallows the execution of dynamically generated code. Applications are compiled “Ahead of Time” (AOT) before deployment because of this. You can read more about this architecture here.
Over the past month, we have been running a low-key challenge to flex the new Xamarin.Forms 3.6 feature, Visual with Material Design. For more information about what Visual is and what you can do with it, hit the blog announcement. Now through the end of March, we're upping the stakes.
Important changes are coming to watchOS! Checkout our support for Apple Watch Series 4 new processor architecture, ARM64_32 based on the Xamarin.iOS SDKs shipping with Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio 2019 for Mac.
Introducing Xamarin.Essentials 1.1.0! Xamarin.Essentials’ built-in Accelerometer API now gives you ability to detect shake movement, Geolocation API detects mock locations, and the Browser API now supports more customization.
Introducing the Xamarin Customer Showcase highlighting the amazing work that developers around the world use Xamarin to build beautiful native mobile apps with .NET.
A quick update on libraries and technical work our team has been doing to keep up to date with Google recently updating their APIs across iOS and Android including Google Play services and AndroidX.
MFractor is a powerful Visual Studio for Mac extension that streamlines development of Xamarin applications with handy features like the XAML editor IntelliSense, Image Manger, and Font Importer.