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Despite the recent privacy snafus from some social media platforms, developers are just as interested in creating social applications as they ever were. Here we take a look at some the social APIs in ProgrammableWeb's directory that get the most traffic, and what developers can do with them.
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.
At the end of last year, LinkedIn announced major changes to its APIs and developer program. Those changes will soon take effect, and developers need to migrate accordingly by March 1. New developer program features, version 2 of its API, and the use of OAuth 2.0 will all be requirements on March 1.
A Mozilla-led coalition recently penned a letter to Facebook, demanding that the company provide open access to the company’s Political Ads API. The group hopes that access to this information will allow researchers and developers to provide tools that analyze political ads served on the platform.
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 a number of changes coming to the Groups Settings API. The changes include deprecating certain properties and combining others. The effective date of the changes is May 6, 2019, but Google encourages developers to start thinking about the transition now.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Internet of Things, eCommerce, and Performance. Highlights include APIs for determining user behavior, optimizing images, and managing cloud contacts. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Twitter recently revoked API access for several popular services that offer rapid and automated follow/unfollow functionality. The company claims that these applications were in violation of the platform’s terms and conditions, and had previously been warned about violating the rules.
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.
Google has open sourced its Cloud Search Connector SDK. The goal is to ease the search of third-party content and identities within a company. Google originally partnered with around 50 partners around the world to build third-party connectivity for Cloud Search and has now opened up a public SDK.
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.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Financial, News Services, and Authentication. Featured APIs include an API for Instagram content publishing for businesses and an API for public records and government transparency. Here's a look at what is new.
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.