Corona, Android notifications, and cross-platform development

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So I owe you a story on notifications on Android and Corona which is essentially a story on why cross-platform development is incredibly difficult.

Now if we were just a pure iOS platform, we’d be pumping out features very quickly. However, we also support Android. And actually, if we count our desktop app, Corona Simulator, we also support Mac and Windows.

Of all four OSs, Android really slows down our development. Internally, we have a rule of thumb that features on Android take at least 5-10 times longer. There are two main reasons…


New public release coming!

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It’s been such a whirlwind week that I’ve only now been able to sit down and write this post!

Today’s announcement about Electronic Arts and Corona is just the beginning. We’ve got some more kick-ass stuff on the way.

At the same time, engineering is forging ahead. It looks like the season of new devices (Kindle HD, NOOK HD, iPhone 5, iPad Mini) had ended, so we are going to push out a new public release.


Android potpourri: alert boxes and other minutiae

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As John Lennon, once said, life happens when you’re making other plans. Well that sort of happened to us recently with all the excitement about the Kindle HD/NOOK HD. Well, in terms of Corona’s support for these devices, we’re there with support for the Kindle HD and we’re pretty much there for NOOK HD. One thing we found is that if your ‘build.settings’ file contains any Lua syntax errors, your APK may not pass the NOOK pre-flight submission tests. As a convenience to you, we’re going to make a change so that even if you have an error in that file, your APK should still work. Luckily, you’ll get this change for free — we found a way to post the change on our servers, so


Corona: iOS/Google Maps, Kindle Fire HD and NOOK HD

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With all the excitement around iPhone 5, iOS 6, and Google Maps, one thing you may not realize is that Google only offers its maps on standard Android devices, not customized flavors of Android. Consequently, like the iPhone 5, Kindle Fire and NOOK do not offer built-in Google Maps.

Now when we enabled native map views on Corona in daily build 903, we found a way to offer Google maps for all Android devices, including Kindle and NOOK.


Guest Post: Developing eBooks with Kwik 2

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Greg Pugh is the owner of GP Animations, the company behind the Colin Turtle book series. His books, “The Perfect Pillow” and “Floating Fun” have sold thousands of copies worldwide for the iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire. Recently, Greg was an alpha tester for Kwik 2, a Photoshop plugin that allows designers and illustrators to bring stories to life without a single line of code.

To celebrate the upcoming release of Kwik 2, Kwiksher is hosting an August promotion. If you’re working on an extraordinary story, want to be highlighted in the Kwik 2 PR launch, and are interested in an interview with Kwiksher and Corona Labs, enter the contest!


Building and Publishing Kindle Fire Apps

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EDITOR’s NOTE: The info in this blog post is outdated. Please refer to the guide published here: http://docs.coronalabs.com/guide/distribution/kindleBuild/index.html. With our recently added support for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, it seems like the right time to publish a complete walk-through for building a Kindle Fire app with Corona SDK and submitting the app for inclusion in Amazon’s Appstore for Android. Fortunately, the process is very simple and has very few differences from building/submitting normal Android apps. The entire process is described below in just five easy steps. Step 1: Signing Your App As stated in the Amazon Developer FAQ, by default, your apps are signed by a certificate supplied by Amazon that is unique to your developer account. So with that said, you should be fine


Amazon Appstore giving away ‘Dabble’ for Cyber Monday!

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Adding to their list of honors, the Dabble team now has been chosen by the Amazon Appstore as today’s ‘Free App of the Day’ for Cyber Monday! The app has already done great on iPhone and iPad, and now you can get it on Android absolutely FREE! Not only that, but you can get Dabble HD for the Kindle Fire, as well. (remember, we just added that! ) Get Dabble for the Kindle Fire tablet here, and for all other Android devices here. Better hurry — it’s only gonna be free for a few more hours! Congrats to Team Dabble, especially mastermind George Weiss!