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Google has announced the release of Android Studio 2.0 integrated development environment which includes a new Instant Run feature and incremental builds support. The Android Studio 2.0 release also includes previews of a new GPU Profiler tool and Android Emulator featuring a new user interface.
Nine APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in the Cloud, Automation, Environment, and Messaging categories. Also added are SDKs for Optimal Payments, Nike+ , Commercetools, and Maventa invoicing. Here, we summarize the new additions and how they can assist application developers.
Box expanded its Mobile SDK strategy by announcing a new Preview SDK for Android. Box's Preview SDK allows developers to collaborate and test various features without downloading content or installing desktop apps. The SDK supports over 120 file types; including audio, video, image and more.
Developers interested in porting their apps from Android to Windows 10 may be out of luck. Microsoft has all but canned Project Astoria, the app-porting tool it planned to offer developers. Microsoft is instead focusing on porting iOS, web, and Win32 apps, leaving Android developers in the cold.
SoundHound's Hound app allows users to ask complex questions and get an accurate answer really fast. The app combines voice recognition and language understanding functionality to achieve this. The Houndify API allows developers to integrate it in to their own apps and hardware creations.
The latest version of Play Services alters the behavior of several APIs pertaining to Google Account and app sign-in, as well as location and Android Wear APIs.
At Flight, Twitter's one-day mobile developer conference, the company released a barrage of news regarding its dev tools, and set a new stage for the future of Twitter Fabric.
Jack Dorsey took to the Twitter Flight 2015 mobile developer conference stage to kick-off the annual event with a massive apology to the developer community. Over the years, Twitter has alienated their developer community. Dorsey's promise will now need to be backed by action.
Pebble has introduced voice recognition features with its new Dictation API. The API uses Nuance voice recognition to extend voice recognition to both iOS and Android apps.
Apple has removed more than 250 apps from the App Store that collected personal data from unsuspecting iPhone owners through an advertising SDK.
Microsoft announced availability of the ORTC API preview for Edge. ORTC API support is not yet available in other browsers which may pose some difficulties for app developers.
Facebook shared details about how it is taking advantage of Redex to streamline the bytecode in its Android app. The goal? Keep the app running smoothly.
Business communications platform RingCentral releases new APIs, SDKs and integrations to help devs raise the playing field around customer experience.
Six APIs have been added to the directory in Bots, Torrents, and Messaging categories, among others. Also new are source code samples for Fortytwo messaging. Here's a summary.
Google warned developers again that it is time to kick Android 6.0 Marshmallow compatibility testing into high gear. The official release is scheduled for next week.