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If your website isn't already mobile friendly, it should be. Google today released the Mobile Friendly Test API, a tool that lets developers automatically and quickly see if their webpages are mobile friendly. Think of it as a useful instrument for what should be a mandatory business practice.
iOS 10.3 introduced new app review tools for developers in the form of the Reviews API. The goal is to allow developers to ask for feedback in a less intrusive way while also giving them the opportunity to respond publicly. The end result should be a win-win for developers and app users alike.
Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Top players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.
The hot new thing in the mobile world is Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and it’s possible they might spell the end for the humble native mobile app. Google has just effectively green-lighted PWAs to be the future of Android. Mobile expert Henrik Joreteg over at his blog explains.
Square now has an E-commerce API that brings Square services to third party websites. Square is usually associated with its mobile credit card reader and complementary software. With the E-commerce API, merchants can use their own systems with all the benefit of Square's modern payment services.
Developers, prepare your apps! Google is widely expected to debut its Android Wear 2.0 platform in early February, and the company wants to ensure a wide selection of compatible apps are available at launch. Be sure to take advantage of the on-watch Play Store and stand-alone functionality.
Like many dev teams these days, the team at Buffer is working toward building a more service-oriented architecture. As part of this, the team has built a special service to keep track of how many times links have been embedded in Buffer posts.
Realm, a mobile-first application development startup, recently announced the release of a new service tier. The Professional Edition aims to bridge the gap between the free developer-edition and the enterprise edition which had been previously offered.
Onboarding users is critical, and the initial sign-up process can make or break an app's success. Enter Account Kit. Facebook's latest tool is meant to help ease the verification process on mobile devices. Facebook calls Account Kit a "complementary product" to Facebook Login.
Google has renamed its Internet of Things platform and released the first developer preview of its broader push into connected devices. Android Things relies on components of Brillo and Weave, and comes complete with its own SDK and APIs so developers can get to work on smart, connected devices
The Bluetooth 5 specification, published today by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, paves the way toward new and exciting destinations on the information superhighway. In particular, the spec targets the Internet of Things with improvements to range, speed, security, and capacity.
Google has a new method for shrinking down the size of app updates in the Google Play Store. The fresh technique, called file-to-file patching, is more efficient than the previous algorithm. It can help crunch apps, making them easier to download over wireless networks. There's only one drawback.
Google announced the Firebase App Indexing API. The API allows users to search for content within the Google app and find personal or public content across apps installed on a particular device. Because the content is stored on the device, the API is functional whether a user is online or not.
Google made a second preview of Android 7.1 available to mobile app developers ahead of the platform's release. Along with the new build, Google made some minor adjustments to the Android SDK and Android Studio. Developers should put the new tools to use in finalizing their apps for Android 7.1.
Mertech has announced its latest SaaSification tool: THRIFTLY.IO. THRIFTLY allows developers to maintain the functionality of legacy Windows apps, but provide API access to such apps for easier consumption in mobile and cloud-based formats. No additional coding for API setup is needed with THRIFTLY.
Google has added yet more tools to the Play Developer Console, including a new voidedPurchases API for managing Play Store refunds. The new feature set mainly targets subscriptions, betas, independent titles, and virtual reality content ahead of Google's launch of the Daydream platform.
Google is pushing a significant update to its Firebase platform in order to make the backend-as-a-service even more useful for developers. The refreshed platform targets game developers and tosses in new crash reporting and analytics enhancements for good measure. Here's what you need to know.
Earlier this year, Google requested map data from the Korean government. In response, Korean tech companies Naver and Kakao have increased free limits to their respective maps APIs beyond what Google offers. The government is expected to respond next month but the competition has already started.
Google has introduced a Web Share API developers can use to enable sharing capabilities on sites. The API allows users to control how and where data is shared by enabling websites to call on the host platform’s native sharing capabilities. The API can only be used on websites with a secure origin.
Google has announced that they will shutting down panoramic photo sharing site Panoramio, along with its API on November 4th. Originally the company had announced plans for the shut down back in 2014 but due to strong community feedback they postponed those plans until users had viable options.