The growing case for Swift on the server & Java 8’s underplayed success are the two main topics this week. We also discuss Dart on Android & some platform fundamentals with renewed vigor!

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Why is Super Mario Run coming to iPhone before Android? –

“One of the reasons we focused on iPhone first was the stability of the platform and being able to get the level of response that we want out of the games,” said Miyamoto. “And that’s not to say that Android devices don’t have the same level of responsiveness. But because there are so many Android devices, trying to engineer the game to work across them all requires quite a lot of time.”


Java 8’s Underplayed Success

  • Is the development press ignoring some of the gains in Java 8 in favor of covering Swift and other new things
  • Java 8 Adoption in important projects
  • [Apache Camel / Spring Boot] (
  • Android

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  • Mike has lost his mind
  • What advantages might Swift have as s server-side language over say Ruby?

Google has gone crazy

Non-blurry photos of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL leak

Today is apparently Pixel leak day. After getting some new details on pricing and spotting the phone in a Nest ad, some actual photos of the phones have emerged. The image above (and another below) show both phones side-by-side. This marks the first time we’ve actually seen the phones in the flesh—er, metal. Whatever.

Pricing for the smaller Google Pixel phone could start at $649, but financing will be available

Previous rumors pegged the larger Pixel XL with a starting price of $649, but our source says that’s not the case. It’s the smaller, cheaper 5-inch Pixel that will start at this price. This will most likely be for the base storage model, presumably 32GB but we can’t say for sure.

  • Given the historically low adoption of the Nexus line of phones, how will Google drive sales of a $649 new brand phone?

Exclusive: Google is planning a ‘Pixel 3’ laptop running the ‘Andromeda’ OS for release in Q3 2017

Two independent and reliable sources have confirmed to us that Google is planning a new Pixel laptop to be released in Q3 2017. The project, known internally as ‘Bison’ and by the informal nickname ‘Pixel 3,’ will likely be the first brand-new device to showcase Google’s combined Android / Chrome OS ‘Andromeda’ operating system in a laptop form factor.

  • This sounds like an entirely new platform. Or will it be killing off ChromeOS? What about all the OEMs? What about the new Pixel phones, two separate Android based OSes?

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