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Google today released a new preview version of Flutter to developers. Flutter is Google's set of tools for quickly designing and implementing user interfaces for Android and iOS devices. The search giant hopes to have a 1.0 release of Flutter ready for developers in the near future.
This week, customer engagement company Urban Airship released a beta SDK for iOS in advance of the public release of iOS 12. The SDK offers full support for Grouped Notifications, Critical Alerts and Provisional Authorization, three new features that are meant to give users more granular control
eBay has introduced HeadGaze, a technology that allows users to control an iPhone through head motions. The technology uses Apple's ARKit and resulted in a test app that allows users to swipe through deals on eBay (HeadSwipe). eBay has open sourced the technology and posted on GitHub.
Apple today announced three new iPhones and a pair of Apple Watches. This hardware will run the latest operating systems from Apple: iOS 12 for the iPhones and watchOS 5 for the Watch. Apple has put together a guide for developers to help them ensure their apps are prepared for the new devices.
Google this week began to make its staged release feature available to Android developers. The idea behind this functionality is to let app writers seed their applications to a small number of users to ensure there are no bugs before a wider rollout to the entire installed base.
Here Mobility has launched its HERE Mobility SDK. The SDK aims to democratize the mobile ecosystem by offering developers access to mobility services and map & location services. The SDK was originally beta tested by a select group and then tested through various hackathons.
Pusher has released Beams, a push notifications API for mobile app developers. Pusher Beams allows developers to manage device tokens for iOS and Android apps. Developers can also use Beams to trigger notifications based on the in-app activity of users so that users remain engaged with their apps.
According to Nightwatch Cybersecurity a vulnerability was recently found in system broadcasts by Android OS that could expose information about a user’s device to any applications running on the device. Information about a user's Wi-Fi connection can be read and used for tracking purposes.
Google Assistant and other apps are about to get better at controlling your favorite media players. Google this week added a verification testing framework to the Media Controller Test, a change that will let developers test media playback on Android smartphones and Android TV.
Travel marketplace TravelgateX has launched HotelX, a hotel accommodation aggregation and booking API. Using the API, third-party applications can allow their users to search for available hotel accommodations, obtain price quotes and reservation terms, and complete and manage bookings.
Cloud communications provider MessageBird today launched Programmable Conversations, a single API that allows developers to integrate with a number of popular communication platforms. The platfroms supported in today's launch are SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram and Line.
Google has released the final, public version of Android P. The latest operating system will henceforth be known as Android 9 Pie (following Android 8 Oreo). The new platform gains APIs galore and Google wants developers to get to work optimizing their apps with the latest tools.
Nineteen APIs have been added to ProgrammableWeb in categories including Credit Cards, Messaging, and Gambling. Highlights include an API for issuing physical and virtual Stripe payment cards, and the Alexa Customer Profile API for retrieving Alexa customer contact information.
Twilio has announced the Twilio API for WhatsApp which allows developers to integrate with applications nearly every messaging channel via one Twilio Messaging API. Among the messaging channels the API supports are SMS, MMS, Facebook Messenger, RCS, LINE and the newly added API for WhatsApp.
Square today announced the Square Reader SDK, a toolkit that will let Android and iOS developers design and deploy their own checkout experience for both sellers and buyers. The SDK makes it possible to run a custom UX on Square's hardware, opening up new possibilites for retail.
Last year, Facebook announced that it would launch a set of business-centric tools around WhatsApp. The company has also long stated that it would eventually monetize its various messaging platforms. Facebook has taken a step towards both goals with the introduction of the WhatsApp Business API.
Facebook has updated an API used by third-party applications to that allowed for cross-posting. The change breaks this functionality and one of the biggest impacts was felt by Twitter. Twitter users will no longer be able to create a Tweet and share it easily to their Facebook page.
Airbnb has announced a number of updates related to its API. For developers of software that allows Airbnb hosts to create and manage their Airbnb listings, there is a new feature that makes it easier to merge existing listings and sync settings, as well as a new dashboard and test sandbox.
Microsoft has added waypoint optimization to the Bing Maps Routing API, which allows developers to create routes between driving locations. The API is ideal for delivery and transportation businesses, and the route optimization functionality is intended to address the traveling salesman problem.
RevenueCat is live with its SDK approach to in-app subscriptions across platforms. After a half-year beta, RevenueCat has launched v1.0 of its SDKs and API. The goal of the company is to handle all things in-app subscriptions so app developers don't need to rely on app store subscription APIs.