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In today's roundup we cover Google's work to bring the Activity Recognition Transition API to developers next year in order to power the Do Not Disturb mode when driving. We also look at proposed standards from the W3C and IFX Forum for an Indexed Database and open banking APIs.
Sixteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Messaging, Mapping, Air Travel, and Customer Service. Highlights include Facebook Messenger Broadcast API, plus APIs from Mobius, Nylas and Apptivo. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google has announced the developer preview of TensorFlow Lite, a solution for enabling on-device machine learning inference with a small binary size and low latency. TensorFlow Lite is designed for mobile and embedded devices and should be considered an evolution of TensorFlow Mobile.
Android app developers are reporting that Google has sent out an email warning them that apps requesting accessibility services are to be used only to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Developers have 30 days to comply with accessibility services usage requirements.
Facebook has announced the release of Graph API v2.11 and Messenger Platform v2.2. Facebook Graph API v2.11 includes changes to the Pages API and App Links Host. The latest version of the Messenger Platform includes the availability of the Messenger Broadcast API (open beta) and Page Insights API.
Google has rolled out Google Play Services SDK 11.6.0, which introduces major changes to how the APIs are structured. The company is deprecating one API while decoupling another. The idea is to reduce the amount of boilerplate code needed to use the APIs -- something everyone can be happy about.
Google has announced a number of improvements to Firebase, an application development platform the company acquired in 2014. Improvements include the addition of Crashlytics, updates to the Cloud Messaging API, a new A/B testing framework, and a new product Firebase Predictions.
Dashlane and Google have (finally!) brought their OpenYOLO password manager to Android. The basic idea is to improve app adoption by smoothing over the login process. Developers can grab the code from GitHub and integrate the You Only Login Once tool with their mobile apps.
Apple will release the iPhone X on November 3 and Apple wants apps to be ready. The refreshed iPhone makes a number of significant changes to the hardware that will dramatically impact app performance. If iOS is your bread and butter, it's time to get slathering a new layer of top your app.
Twilio has introduced two new APIs for enabling multi-user augmented reality (AR) applications; the DataTrack API and the Media Sync API. The APIs allow developers to build apps that provide a more immersive environment for users and an AR experience that immediately reacts to changes.
Android 8 Oreo has hardly had a chance to gain a toehold in the market and yet Google has already brought forth an API-laden developer preview of Android 8.1. Android 8.1 looks to be a more developer-focused release with fewer user-facing features and more under the hood for app writers.
How do you think your customers would respond if their dressing room were ready the moment they walked in the door, or their food order were ready for a quick handoff? Curbside today announced its new ARRIVE SDK, a tool to help retailers more reliably predict when customers will step inside.
Google has launched its new Android Management API which aims to simplify enterprise mobility management. Prior to launching the new API, developers were building custom device policy controller apps that were resource intensive to create, manage, and update. The new API eliminates that need.
CloudRail has released a new Unified Messaging API for deploying chatbots and other conversational user interfaces (UI). The API provides a unified interface bundling Facebook Messenger, Line, Telegram, and Viber together so that developers can deploy chatbots across these platforms.
Windows Phone, or Windows Mobile if you prefer, is well and truly dead. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore recently shared the news through his personal Twitter account. Microsoft is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, which has been retired. Here's why.
Among a slew of product announcements, Google introduced its latest smartphone; the Pixel 2. The new smartphone packs some incredible capabilities, especially when paired with Google's new Pixel Buds. But as industrial designs go, the Pixel 2 is nothing special to look at. But that doesn't matter.
Twelve APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Messaging, Video, and Compliance. Highlights today include an API for retrieving financial data from regulatory resources and an API for detecting sentiment in customers written interactions.
SugarCRM has launched an SDK for the mobile version of its popular CRM product. The mobile SDK offers a similar developer experience to the desktop SDK version. With the SDK, users can create custom experiences that integrate with existing apps, workflows, and business tools.
The telecom API market enjoyed significant growth over the last five years. That growth is expected to continue for the next five years, but the opportunities and technologies driving the growth moving forward are significantly different than those that have driven the market to its current state.