Parsing Parse’s worldwide growth

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Parse, the app development platform Facebook purchased last April, is seeing some incredible growth worldwide.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar recently shared some statistics about Parse adoption outside of the U.S. For instance, active apps in Asia grew nearly 90 percent during the first half of the year. The number of apps in the Asia/Pacific region that use all three Parse products — Core, Push and Analytics — grew by more than 90 percent in that same time period.

Among Parse’s 15 largest countries, based on the number of active apps, 6 are in Asia: India, Japan, Australia, China, Taiwan and Korea.

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Parse updates Android Push API

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Facebook’s Parse on Tuesday updated its Android Push API, a couple weeks after updating for iOS 8. App developers using Parse will have easier setup on Android, as well as more reliability.

Parse Software Engineer Thomas Bouldin detailed the changes in a blog post:

We’re excited to announce today that the Android Push API is getting its biggest facelift since inception. We’ve rethought the API to bring Parse Push better in line with both other Parse APIs and traditional Android development. The new API simplifies developer setup, provides better reliability, and is much more easily extended or customized to override default push behavior.

With the new API, we’ve decoupled the concepts of registration and reaction; the icon and activity which you want push to use are no longer statically bound to a channel. You can replace all calls to

PushService.subscribe(myApplicationContext, “channel”, MyActivity.class, intIconID);

with

ParsePush.subscribeInBackground(“channel”);

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Parse SDK upgrades for iOS 8

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Facebook’s Parse, a cloud system that powers apps on any platform, released a new version of its product for better support in iOS 8.

Parse SDK for iOS brings a number of performance and security update improvements including faster downloads and uploads for Parse Files, along with improved security for account data.

The updates ensure that Parse runs smoothly with the new iOS 8 APIs, and updated push notification integration everywhere to use the new iOS permissions style and support the category key.

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Facebook’s Parse to build team in London

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Parse announced Thursday that the company is expanding across the pond and building a team in London. Since being acquired by Facebook last year, Parse has grown by more than 250 percent. More than 140,000 new developers started building mobile apps on Parse over the past year, with half of them coming from Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new London Parse team will support these developers.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar announced the news in a blog post:

The Parse London team will be based out of the Facebook London office, which is moving to a beautiful new location in central London in early June. We’re hiring engineers to help build the next big Parse products and to support products we’re building in collaboration with the Facebook Platform team.

We’re also looking for partner managers and partner engineers who will work directly with the biggest app developers in Europe, helping them to build awesome cross-platform apps using Parse. The team is already working with companies like Deezer, TopShop and Mind Candy.

We prioritize our product road map based on the feedback we get from our customers, and having a team on the ground in London allows us to cater the future of Parse products to the needs of our global community.

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Facebook + Parse celebrate one year anniversary

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It’s been a little more than a year since Facebook acquired mobile app development platform Parse, which will be a major force during Wednesday’s f8. Facebook bought Parse on April 25, 2013, and since then, Parse has seen an increase of 250 percent (more than 260,000) in the total number of apps built on the platform.

Facebook noted some key accolades and stats since the acquisition:

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Parse launches analytics tool, background jobs feature at first Developer Day conference

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Parse, the Facebook-owned app development platform, held its first Developer Day conference in San Francisco Thursday, and the company launched some key new products at the event.

Developers utilizing Parse can now schedule recurring tasks within the Parse dashboard, such as sending emails to users. Parse notes that this improves the speed of these tasks. Parse also launched an analytics tool that gives developers a single dashboard to measure app usage, monitor the effectiveness of push campaigns and track any data point.

Parse can now be used to develop Unity games for iOS, Android and Windows platforms. Parse also launched user and image modules to accompany its cloud modules. The user module allows app developers to create and manage a seamless login/log out experience, while the image module lets developers easily resize or crop images with a few lines of code.

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Parse to host developers’ conference

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Parse, which was acquired by Facebook in April to boost Facebook connection with mobile apps, will have a conference for app developers in September. Not much has been said since the acquisition about how Parse will work with Facebook going forward, but this conference (Sept. 5 in San Francisco) should give the public an idea of what Parse can and will do moving forward.

Facebook will be on hand, as well as Microsoft and other major companies. Parse announced the conference in a blog post:

Parse Developer Day will open with talks from Parse co-founders Ilya Sukhar, James Yu, and Kevin Lacker. The morning will also include a Parse customer panel led by Doug Purdy, Product Management Director at Facebook, with the developers of the apps for The Food NetworkSesame Street, and Over. After a boxed lunch, there will be three afternoon tracks for hands-on learning. The first track will focus on the basics of Parse, the second will feature Parse partners like MicrosoftTwilioSendGrid, and Xamarin, and the third will be a more advanced look at Parse functionality.

Inside Facebook will be at the conference and will provide thorough coverage.

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Facebook’s Parse hits 100,000 app mark

Parse300Parse, which Facebook acquired in April to boost its mobile development, announced a major milestone Thursday: 100,000 apps built on the platform. Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar announced this on the company blog:

We’re really proud to announce today that we’ve had over 100,000 apps built on the Parse platform, up from 80,000 apps at the end of April. We grew more in the last month than we did in our entire first year of existence!

It’s never been a more exciting time to work on Parse. We recently joined forces with Facebook and have accelerated on all fronts.

Parse has integrated with Facebook but still works independently. It is a cloud-based platform that provides tools for mobile app developers. Facebook purchased the company outright in April, in order to strengthen its mobile side. Parse offers backend services, data storage, social integration tools and other services so developers can build mobile apps on different platforms. Facebook’s mobile aim, after all, is to create the best experience, regardless of what kind of phone is in hand.

6 years since Facebook Platform launch, company looks to provide new app services

platformToday marks the six-year anniversary of the Facebook Platform, something that has been defining for Facebook as a company and already influenced a number of industries.

Now, Facebook is making its next big moves for the platform by introducing app services — new tools for developers that make it easier to build applications that span different devices and put users at the forefront. This is seen most clearly with the acquisition of Parse, a mobile backend as a service company, which will continue as a separate brand with a freemium services model for the time being. Facebook also recently hired the team behind Spaceport, a cross-platform development framework, and stealth software startup Osmeta, which was reportedly working on something related to enabling simpler development across devices.

“We’ve been thinking about how we can provide tools to developers to enable a more cross-platform world,” Facebook Director of Developer Products Doug Purdy said at a media “whiteboard” session Thursday. “We’re trying to create a platform that developers can build something that spans over devices and makes people the center. Regardless of the device that you or your friends are on, everyone can have a rich experience.”
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Parse announces new hosting product less than 2 weeks after Facebook acquisition

parseParse, the cloud-based app development platform Facebook agreed to acquire in late April, today announced its latest product: Parse Hosting.

Parse Hosting enables developers to create a web presence for their app without having to manage their own servers or turn to another third party. Previously, Parse offered ways for developers to store their mobile app’s data in the cloud but didn’t host web apps or landing pages on the web for them until now. Parse says developers can deploy their web presence through Parse Hosting with only a single command.

Parse CEO Ilya Sukhar tells us that though the company has been focused on mobile first, many developers have a need for web hosting, and otherwise they have had to use yet another third-party platform.

“It’s a big piece of product infrastructure we’ve had a lot of demand for,” Sukhar says of Cloud Hosting.

The Facebook deal announced April 25 hasn’t closed yet, but the social network says it plans to keep Parse in operation. Sukhar says that the timing of today’s launch wasn’t planned as a follow-up to acquisition announcement, but that it is “symbolic” of the company’s focus on continuing to ship products.

“There are some folks that are a bit worried that the Parse platform will contract rather than expand,” Sukhar says. “I think this [launch] is evidence that Parse isn’t going anywhere.”

He says joining Facebook will allow Parse to grow more quickly in terms of hiring and innovation. Although Parse is a different type of acquisition than most Facebook has made in the past, which are typically for talent and not sustaining standalone products, Sukhar says getting to know the Facebook team and seeing their passion for the product made him confident that Parse would be at home under Facebook.

Currently, Parse has a free model, a $199 model and an enterprise level for its backend services, data storage, social integration tools and other features to make it easier for developers to build and scale apps across different platforms.

ISA_SF_2013_BannerTo learn more about this topic, join us at Inside Social Apps in San Francisco June 6-7. One of our Vendor Workshops is “Scaling Social Engagement With The Cloud.” SoftLayer Development Community Advocate Phil Jackson will examine what gaming, mobile and social media developers need to consider when building out their infrastructures, including how to deal with massive influxes of users – and what decisions need to be made to make it not only possible, but economical.

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