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Android Studio 2.2 has been available in preview form since May, but this week Google made the final version available to all developers. Android Studio is the integrated development environment that Android app writers use to work their magic in creating smartphone and tablet applications.
Developers worried about surpassing mobile app size limits can find salvation in the new modular SDK from MoPub. It allows developer to customize the SDK for only the ad formats they want or need to use. This means developers have more control over their app's size and can improve performance.
Google is opening up Maps to new ride-sharing partners, meaning the search giant just effectively created the first ride-hailing price comparison feature. The surprise here is that Uber, previously the only ride-sharing partner on Google Maps, allowed this.
Geocoding involves converting a description of a physical address into coordinates that represent that location on a map to perform spatial analysis. This tutorial on the Google Maps APIs blog describes the two approaches to geocoding with Google Maps APIs, and when to use them.
Apple's latest mobile platform, iOS 10, is nearly ready. The iPhone-maker released the penultimate version of iOS 10 to developers and public testers this week and the company hopes developers will kick app submissions into high gear. Apple is interested to see what developers are doing with Siri.
In June, APple publicly released its SDK for iOS 10 meaning third-party developers can now intergatte their mobile apps into key Apple apps and reaping the benefits of innovative mobile engagement opportunities from previously unavailable channels such as Siri, iMessage and Apple Maps.
CrowdRiff has announced API access to its Visual Influence platform. API access to CrowdRiff features allow users to deliver user-generated photos and associated features to marketing products and campaigns. Features include social media search, calls to action, photo acquisition, and more.
Google today said it is putting the Google Places API for iOS 2.0 and the Google Maps SDK for iOS 2.0 into separate CocoaPods. The idea here is to reduce the app size for developers who need Places data, but not Maps data. Google says the change heralds big savings in app binaries.
After continued developer requests, Google has added marker clustering to Google Maps SDK for iOS Utility Library. The feature allows users to populate maps with a large number of markers while keeping the map clean and readable. As zoom levels adjust, markers aggregate and slit out accordingly.
As Apple Music continues to grow, the Apple Music API is allowing developers to add music features to their iOS apps to improve the user experience. This tutorial shows followers how to build a real-time radio station application to begin broadcasting tracks and receiving user feedback.
Data aggregation platform MightySignal aims to improve the visibility of app data to provide insight into the mobile app economy. In this app index, the company shows the most popular SDKs used by the App Store Top 200, showing the top 8 apps that use each one, as well as all other SDKs they use.
Microsoft has announced that paid plans are now available for the Bing Search APIs that are part of Microsoft Cognitive Services. The suite of Bing Search APIs that can now be purchased includes Bing Web Search API, Bing Image Search API, Bing Video Search API, and Bing News Search API.
At this year’s Apple World Wide Developers Conference, one of the underlying themes Apple introduced was the concept of extensions. The goal being to blur the boundaries between apps on the platform, through widgets, but more notably, allowing developers access to many of Apple’s applications.
Google made several new tools available to Android developers, including the Text API and version 3 of the Google Cast SDK. The former adds optical character recognition technology for several languages, while the latter makes it far easier to add Google cast technology to mobile apps.
Google implemented a number of changes to its Maps API Standard Plan. Apps created on or after June 22nd will be subject to a host of new rules surrounding access and limits. Active domains utilizing the APIs prior to June 22nd are grandfathered in to differing degrees depending on implementation.
The number of available web search APIs has been reduced in recent months; Google and Yahoo have shut down a number of their web search APIs. This is the first part of a two-part article covering the state of web search APIs. The second part highlights search APIs provided by Google and Microsoft.
This is part two of a two-part article covering the current state of Web search APIs. This article takes a look at the Web search tools/APIs provided by Google and Microsoft. Article includes comparison charts highlighting some of the key differences between Google and Microsoft search tools/APIs.
Google Maps API is the most popular tool for building location-based services. Now, the Google Maps Operations team is leveraging their experience to collaborate with Udacity and create a free course that teaches students how to integrate maps and location features into websites.
Google has released a new version of the Android SDK, which contains the final set of APIs for Android N. Developers can now add N behaviors to their apps. Along with the APIs and SDK, Google also pushed out a fourth Android N Developer Preview. The beta operating system is ready for download.