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Google today made what it calls the "final preview" of Android O available to application developers. This new build carries with it all the bits and pieces developers need to make their apps fully Android O capable. Google plans to release Android O to the general public later this summer.
AT&T has opened up greater access to its mobility API portfolio for channel partners. The APIs touch almost every aspect of mobility, from basic text to IoT applications. AT&T aims to reduce that amount of time its partners spend on account management, reporting and billing through API automation.
The week is coming to a close which means it’s time to bring you the news we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. In time for the tenth anniversary of reCAPTCHA Google announced that they are bringing the spam protection service to Android.
While it seems like hardly a month can go by without hearing about an attack on some IoT device - everything from NannyCams-Gone-Wild to rogue cable modem/routers - the state of IoT security doesn't seem to be improving. And why? Because, many thing-makers are just too laissez-faire about security.
Android 8 is making swift progress. Google this week made the final Android O APIs available to developers along with an updated SDK and fresh beta of the still-in-progress mobile operating system. Google hopes developers will use these finalized tools to update their apps for Android 8.
Just yesterday, over 5000 developers gathered at the San Jose Convention Center for Apple’s WWDC 2017. In addition to the usual hardware overhauls and new products, Apple also announced some new APIs. These APIs include the MusicKit API, Core ML API, and the ARKit API.
Virtual reality and augmented reality each received plenty of attention on stage during Google's I/O developer conference this week. The company has new hardware on deck while it looks to ensure the two types of alternate content are available from within more apps both on and off the web.
Google's voice-based assistant took on new powers this week and increased its compatibility with hardware platforms -- including Apple's iPhone. With Assistant's growing user base and expanded skillset, Google thinks it's time for developers to add Assistant to their own hardware.
Google today opened up its Android Instant Apps tool to all developers, allowing any app writer to create and publish an instant app. The idea is to increase the likelihood that people will find your app and, based on a preview within the browser, elect to install it. Who doesn't want more installs?
Google today made the second developer preview of Android O available to developers. This second preview builds on the first version released in March and is stable enough for public beta testing. In addition to offering the new bits to developers, Google detailed Android O's many features.
Video sharing platform Vimeo plans on adding the tus resumable upload protocol to its API in late 2017. The addition of tus to the Vimeo API will allow developers to build applications that provide new ways to upload videos and allow users to upload videos to Vimeo in multiple sessions.
Nvidia has released Audio and 360 Video SDKs to help simplify VR development. The NVIDIA VRWorks Audio SDK delivers realistic audio in VR environments. The NVIDIA VRWorks 360 Video SDK allows developers to capture and stitch together video feeds into a single 360-degree panoramic video.
MuHu has opened up API access to its video intelligence platform. While MuHu had originally focused on the transportation industry, the company expects open access to the platform to benefit all industries. Video intelligence allows for apps and devices to respond to video input after integration.
Twilio made its Programmable Video SDKs generally available. In addition to its GA versions of its video SDKs, Twilio launched a new REST API for Programmable Video. While thousands of apps have already utilized Twilio's video capability, Twilio says the tools are now production ready.
As announced earlier this year, Google officially retired the Hangouts API. As Hangouts is repositioned for enterprise use, the need for some of the social, consumer focused video features of the API are no longer a priority. Accordingly, the end of the API was first announced and now realized.
Apple recently announced a new API that allows third party websites and apps to embed Live Photos. Live Photos has been around since 2015; however, embedding Live Photos outside of a Mac or iOS environment has been somewhat challenging to date. The Live Photos API should alleviate that difficulty.
Google further expanded its potential to become a virtual reality platform with expanded WebVR support to Cardboard. Prior to the announcement, Google limited WebVR support to Daydream-ready phones. Through the use of WebVR, Google encourages developers with cross-platform opportunities.
Kaltura has released a new version of its Mobile Video Player SDK for Android and iOS that is leaner and loads faster than the previous version (2.0) Developers can use the Kaltura Mobile Video Player SDK to embed the Kaltura Mobile Video Player into Android and iOS applications.
Twenty-Four APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including eCommerce, Air Travel, Security, and Accounting. One highlight today is an API from Google that can recognize and identify objects in video frames. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Twilio introduced a new Fax API in Beta. The API allows connected apps to both send and receive faxes to and from legacy fax machines. While the API might seem counterintuitive, the business reality of today's marketplace continues to see many businesses across industries rely on fax communication.