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Google has designs on making Google Pay a more ubiquitous option for people as they navigate both the web and their neighborhood. With new or enhanced support for loyalty cards, offers, event tickets, and boarding passes, the latest payments APIs help developers get paid in more places.
Google today released Android Q developer beta 4 with what the company says are the platform's final APIs and official SDK. This means developers now have the final set of tools they need to code apps for Android Q, which Google will release later this summer. Google also has plans for Firebase.
Apple's WWDC keynote showed the company any its polished best. The 2-hour, 15-minute extravaganza was heavy on user-facing updates to iOS for iPhones, watchOS for wearables, macOS for laptops and desktops, tvOS for Apple TV, and the brand new iPadOS for the iPad. Here's what's new.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference is slated to kick off on June 3. With just weeks to go, Apple has framed its forthcoming WWDC keynote with what are likely the last builds of iOS 12 and watchOS 5. The biggest update in these new OS versions is support for the Apple Card.
In an apparent effort to improve its developer relations, Twitter has announced its plans to build what it calls "the next generation of the Twitter API." The first step: a new program called Twitter Developer Labs, which will allow developers to test and provide feedback on new API features.
Mastercard recently announced the Mastercard Innovation Engine. The engine acts as a marketplace for next generation digital customer experiences. The marketplace allows Mastercard and collaborators to offer API access to customer-focused digital experiences through plug and play solutions.
Google recently overhauled Jetpack and added a variety of alpha, beta, and stable features to the developer toolset. Google says 11 new libraries are available within Jetpack to help app writers zoom through select processes as they create their apps. The idea is to make things as easy as possible.
Twilio has launched a new offering dubbed Super SIM that promises "instant global connectivity on a single SIM". With Super SIM, creators of IoT devices can deploy, configure and manage connectivity for their devices across multiple tier-one mobile operators in over 180 countries.
Android app writers are about bathe in newfound powers within the Google Play Store. A handful of features will improve star ratings, ease the process of dealing with user feedback, customize their landing page, and force app updates even when the app is in active use. Here's the skinny.
Today at one of Google I/O’s morning sessions, Svetoslav Ganov (Android Team engineer) and Charmaine D’silva (product manager) discussed some of the privacy changes in Android Q. They also highlighted best practices for building privacy forward apps.
Developers and consumer protection groups are not pleased with Apple's removal of parental control and screen usage apps from the App Store. Some claim that Apple aims to limit competition with its Screen Time app and increase iPhone use. Apple claims its only protecting privacy and security.
This week at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, the company announced several updates, including changes to the Graph API, a new version of the Marketing API, and a new Facebook Developer Community Forum. Additionally, the company announced a new SDK to enable account verification via WhatsApp.
Google has given developers some relief after some voiced concerns over Android's planned switch to scoped storage. Feedback about Android Q betas opened Google's eyes a bit and the company has put off the required change for an entire year to give app writers more time to adjust.
Snap Inc., developers of the popular mobile application Snapchat, recently announced the release of the Bitmoji for Games SDK. This new SDK will allow partners to easily incorporate Bitmoji animated characters directly into their games.
The updated core tool for developing Android applications, Android Studio, is now available as a stable release. Android Studio 3.4 and Project Marble have been under development for six months and Google calls this a "milestone release" thanks to the rock solid foundation of key work flows.
Twitter today said it plans to adjust access to two of its APIs beginning later this year. The rate limits, which will impact the User Timeline API and Mentions Timeline API, are meant to give Twitter better visibility into how its APIs are being used by developers to support other businesses.
The ProgrammableWeb directory's Search category contains more than 2000 APIs for adding search technology and functions to websites and applications. Here we filter through popular user favorites and highlight those that developers may find useful for enhancing applications.
Polar is an industry leader in heart rate monitors. The company recently announced SDKs and an API so that third party apps can integrate and analyze data pulled from these heart rate devices. The SDKs and API currently work with two Polar models: the Polar H10 and the Polar 0H1.
Google plans to deprecate versions 1 and 2 of the Google Play Developer API later this year and suggests developers adopt version 3 sooner rather than later. The Google Play Developer API lets developers automate in-app billing and app distribution via the Play Store. It's time to upgrade.
Google hopes several fresh feature additions to Android App Bundles will convince more developers to adopt the modular platform. The goal behind Android App Bundles is to reduce app size and simplify the process of developing, testing, and releasing apps. A new API is on deck. Here's the skinny.