The Latest News On The API Economy
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Verifone, a payments and commerce solutions provider, has announced that the company is leading an effort to define and implement the Conexxus Mobile Standard, a new Mobile API standard that aims to coordinate interactions between mobile payment and loyalty program applications.
Microsoft has expanded its business application platform, Flow, to support Custom APIs and three new apps. Microsoft made the announcements at its Ignite 2016 event. As Microsoft continues to build its business application platform, more supported apps and more API connectivity will be essential.
Google recently announced that it will soon release a developer preview of Android 7.1 Nougat. The refreshed platform from Google carries over some of the fancy features from the recently-announced Pixel phones to Nexus handsets and other devices. As always, new APIs abound and require app updates.
App review fraud is a serious issue for both developers and app stores, but Bogdan Popsecu, the developer behind the popular Dash tool, says Apple went too far in closing his account and banning him. This is a mess.
Crashlytics has improved its Beta by Crashlytics developer tool with a new way to distribute beta app builds. Fastlane automates portions of beta deployment for iOS apps with a process so simple practically anyone can set it up. The goal is to help developers speed up beta testing.
Google today released a new developer preview of Android Wear 2.0. This latest build is the third from Google and brings the smartwatch platform one step closer to its general release. Google added some killer new features to the operating system, but not all the news is good.
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.
Yelp continued its barrage of developer news today. The company's latest announcements include a completely redone developer program and the Yelp Fusion API that will replace Yelp's existing API over time. New API features include more pictures, content caching, autocomplete and more.
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.
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.
Google said it plans to shutdown the GData Admin Settings API. It is giving developers one year to migrate to newer tools. The API will cease functioning in August 2017. The Admin Settings API lets Google Apps admins retrieve and change the settings of their domains in the form of Google Data
Twilio recently announced a developer preview for its new Twilio Sync offering. Twilio Sync maintains a single state synchronization infrastructure in the cloud that third party developers can utilize to introduce real-time synching and collaboration functionality into their apps.
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.
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.
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 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.
As part of Apple’s 2016 Word Wide Developers Conference Keynote, the company unveiled its latest iterations of four major operating system platforms, macOS ‘Sierra’ (the successor to OSX), iOS 10, tvOS and watchOS 3, each packed with a plethora of new features and improvements.
With thousands of Facebook developers pushing code at an average rate of three to four times a day, writing code that is “secure by default” is critical to avoid introducing security vulnerabilities. Although secure by default code is not a new idea, it’s something many developers and