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Google today released Flutter 1.2, what it calls the first "feature release" for the software repo. Flutter first made its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2018. Google later released the 1.0 version of Flutter in December 2018, so it's nice to see a feature release so soon.
Google has apparently backtracked on the idea of allowing third-party messaging apps to access RCS on Android phones. Though RCS is a public specification, APIs are needed to connect messaging apps to the RCS protocols employed by wireless network operators. No API means no RCS for outside apps.
PayJoy, a provider of pay-as-you-go smartphone financing, announced today global availability of its patented Lock API. The API allows PayJoy's lending partners to secure financing with compatible smartphones and allows finance companies to turn the lock on and off programmatically.
Google is adjusting its annual security push in order to protect end users and improve the experience of using Android devices. That's why Google has set a new schedule for developers in which it asks them to build their apps for Android 9 Pie starting in August. A firm deadline is set for November.
Apple has big plans for its core platform and biggest moneymaker. According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to combine the apps that run on its iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. The idea is to make it easier for application developers to create apps that run on all Apple devices.
Apple has warned developers that they should not be recording user interactions with the iPhone without disclosing the behavior. The move is only the most recent case in which Apple was forced to step in to safeguard user privacy. Offending apps face ejection from the App Store.
Google recently announced that the Places SDK for Android has reached version 1.0.0. It replaces the Google Play Services version of the Places SDK, which has been deprecated and will eventually be turned off entirely. The core feature of the new Places SDK is a completely refreshed static library.
Smart2Pay is known as a hub for alternative payment solution providers. Its API offers access to main payment processors that aren't typically top of mind for merchants. Now, the company has launched a Mobile SDK that allows app developers to easily accept payment through WeChat and Alipay.
Recent reports and Android open source documentation indicate an Android Game SDK for Unity is in the works. Neither Google nor Unity has made announcements regarding the project; however, the move is a natural step for both Google and Unity given the current mobile device and gaming environment.
Salesforce announced a suite of tools aimed at alleviating the pressure placed on companies to develop competitive mobile experiences. With the release of Lightning Platform Mobile, Salesforce is providing a low-code development environment that should help jumpstart the mobile app dev process.
Google wants to ensure a greater percentage of apps have 64-bit versions for newer devices. That's why Google recently revealed a revised set of deadlines for developers, who will need to update their apps if they want to continue distributing them via the Play Store. Here's what you need to know.
Google has released a stable version of Android Studio 3.3 that the company says is focused on delivering a refined experience and higher quality and stability. By taking developer feedback to heart, Google believes Android Studio 3.3 will help keep application writers productive.
For this installment of the Most Interesting API series, we focus on APIs added to our directory in categories including Sports, Music, Games, News Services, Video, Gambling, eSports, Emoji, Comics, Animation, Memes & Gifs, Photography, Books, Poetry, and Podcasts. Have a look at what our list below
Google announced earlier this month its plans to shutter Google+, its failed social network, after a second security breach exposed the data of millions. Along with the social network, Google plans to shut down the Google+ APIs on March 7, 2019. However, some APIs may stop working even sooner.
Cloudflare, internet performance and security provider, announced early access to Traffic Acceleration was being added to its Cloudflare Mobile SDK. The traffic acceleration technology aims to address network throughput for mobile apps, increasing performance beyond what would be seen with TCP.
Google's Flutter developer tool has graduated from preview status. Google today announced Flutter 1.0 and made it available to developers. This interesting tool will let developers create apps that look and run the same on Android and iOS devices. The goal is to create a seamless experience for all.
Apple has made a new commitment to women leaders. The company this week announced Entrepreneur Camp, a technology lab meant to assist women app developers and women founders and co-founders. If your female-led company or development team has a working prototype, Apple may have a slot for you.
This week Amazon announced the general availability of the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit. The SDK was designed to bring Alexa to Bluetooth devices including headphones, headsets and wearables. Alexa capabilities and any of thousands of Alexa Skills are available for integration into said devices.
Playing a game of catch-up, Samsung said developers will soon be able to integrate their apps into Bixby, the company's personal assistant. Since launch, Bixby has failed to gain traction with users and it is far behind Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant, and even Apple's Siri. Will this fix it?
Today, Google is hosting the annual Android Dev Summit and has announced a set of new features and upgrades aimed at increasing developer productivity and user engagement. The updates include a new In-App Updates API that allows applications to update in the background while being used.