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Using Phonegap to create apps with HTML, CSS or JavaScript? Add an instant backend to your project with the Kii Javascript SDK. Since PhoneGap logic is normally coded in Javascript and the framework allows you to incorporate plugins and libraries, it’s an easy way to extend your mobile architecture with reliable performance and elastic scalability in the cloud. Below you’ll find a simple tutorial that walks you through the process.
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We are excited to announce a new beta feature, KiiReferral, which has just been publicly launched. This tool is an addition to Kii’s cloud functionality and allows you to quickly add social sharing and referral tracking to your app in a matter of minutes.

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Unity Ebook

We’re incredibly excited about our partnership with Unity, the game engine for cross-platform builds. More than 2 million mobile devs use it for rapid game development, delivering a “good as native” experience across multiple platforms.

Haven’t used Unity before? Wondering where to start? Download our new 12-page ebook, Rapid Mobile Game Development. We’ve included a full tutorial for building your first Unity game in under 15 minutes, with complete project files to help you ramp up faster.

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Happy coding!

In case you missed it, we recently announced a new version of our Kii Unity SDK that supports push notifications when deploying to Android and iOS. This post focuses on how to set up your Unity game so Android players can receive push notifications. The steps for iOS are pretty similar. Big difference is while iOS uses Apple Push Notification Service (APNS), Android uses Google Cloud Messaging (GCM).

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We heard your feedback and a new refined data browser with redesigned UI is available now on the Kii Developer Portal. Log in to check it out (click your application, the Objects icon and then Data Browser).

With Kii Data Browser, view all objects created and stored in any bucket within your app at any scope, and build queries to examine the data in different ways. If you’re not familiar with bucket scoping, check out one of our guides: iOS | Android | Javascript | REST.Kii Data Browser allows you to view objects being created and stored within your app.
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Struggling with the peculiarities and gotchas of each mobile platform? Want to develop apps that are multiplatform while still being native (not javascript/html)?

Here’s a great opportunity to save countless hours on you next multiplatform app by using one code base and a snap-in app backend-as-a-service.
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Developers around the world tuned in this week to watch Apple CEO Tim Cook take the stage to talk about everything iRelated. Anticipation has been building in recent weeks about a health platform, perhaps something in the IOT space, and other great additions to the iOS platform. However, the topic that developers are buzzing about took nearly everyone by surprise – the introduction of Swift.

Since the first iPhone SDK, developers have been using the Objective-C language to build their iOS apps. As hundreds of thousands of developers have adopted the language over the past few years, there have been great strides made to improve the Xcode / Objective-C experience. However, the technology is changing, the developers are changing and the tools used are changing. As the developer experience evolves, it needed a language to keep up. Enter Swift.
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We’ve been working hard to extend the availability of the Kii Unity SDK to more Unity build platforms. In our latest version available for download at developer.kii.com/#sdks we’re even more integrated with the Unity system. First of all we’re now using Unity underlying network communications to talk to our back-end so now the limitations imposed by Web Player are not an issue! Second, we’re firing the async API calls from the UI thread so you can access Unity objects from callback code :)
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Kii Cloud integrates with Unity

An overwhelming number of quality games were submitted to our 2014 Kii to Unity Contest. Special thanks to our finalists who did an amazing job integrating Kii Game Cloud features into their Unity games. Judges evaluated entrants on game design and UX, “likes” on their demo videos, level of integration with Kii and ultimately their potential of becoming a big hit. Today we are pleased to announce the winner of our $10,000 Grand Prize.  First, and a tie for 2nd place winners are also receiving Kii Pro accounts (for 6 months) and Kii to China packages. (for 1 year)
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Kii Cloud integrates with Unity

We have been amazed by the overwhelming number and quality of the games that were submitted to our Kii to Unity Contest  (we can already see several potential blockbusters!). Unfortunately we have to choose only 10  games to move to the next round (which involves sharing a playable build and the corresponding Kii app id by May 21st). A lot of the games that didn’t make it are outstanding and we encourage developers to polish them further.

In order to do the selection we had to balance the game itself, plus the integration with Kii so don’t be surprised if a game that made it is not superb visually. Of course the Kii integration will be much more apparent in the next round where we’ll be taking a closer look at the playable builds and Kii integration.
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