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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.
After a year of beta testing its in-app messaging platform, Pusher has released Chatkit to general availability. Chatkit includes a set of APIs that comes loaded with a number of features that users have come to expect from any mainstream chat service (typing indicators, file sharing, and more).
Thirteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Messaging, Payments, and Shipping. Highlights include an unofficial Google News API and an API for enabling applications to accept Bitcoin payments. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Six APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Mail, Application Development and Telephony. Highlights include SDKs and an API for Dronecode open source drone operation platform and an API for sending mail without going to the post office.
Today at Signal, Twilio’s developer conference, the company announced two new wireless options that aim to expand what is possible for IoT developers. First up is Twilio Super SIM, providing developers with a single SIM card that can operate globally via Twilio’s partnering cellular networks.
Twilio has announced that it will acquire SendGrid in an all-stock deal that totals $2 billion, the company’s largest acquisition to date. Twilio is well-known in the developer community for their API offerings. With the addition of SendGrid’s services, Twilio gains an already robust email service.
Reloadly announces the official release of its mobile top up API service that’s designed exclusively for developers. The API enables developers to add airtime and some other mobile operator services to their applications in the program language they already use with just few lines of code.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Storage, Security, and Printing. Highlights include several APIs for the Stronghold crypto platform housed on the Stellar network, and a new API from Mercedes Benz. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Vonage has launched the Nexmo Messages API and Nexmo Dispatch API. The Messages API allows businesses to integrate social chat services with applications using a single API. The Dispatch API allows developers to add a fallback mechanism if the first message for a specific chat channel fails.
Google has bolstered the capabilities of its Android Management API with new work profiles and mobile device support. This makes the API a more well-rounded tool for businesses to take advantage of when provisioning and managing Android devices deployed across their enterprise.
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
HubSpot announced a beta for its Calling API. The API allows third party telephony providers to use their own calling features with HubSpot. Without this API, HubSpot partners needed to rely on HubSpot's native calling features. The beta is open to Sales Hub and Service Hub Enterprise Customers.
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.