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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.
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.
Nineteen APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Holidays, Payments, Time Tracking and Background. Highlights include APIs for business proposals, pet adoption, air quality, and team collaboration. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Google this week released the first developer preview of Android Q, marking the beginning of a months-long journey that will eventually see the operating system reach phones, tablets, and more. As it does each year, Google jammed the OS upgrade with a batch of APIs for developers to put to work.
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.
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 Docs has long been a popular cloud-based word processing and document application. Google has now opened an API for access to Google Docs. Many features from Google Docs are available through the API. Developers can integrate the API for automated document creation and modification.
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.
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.
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.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including File Sharing, Humor, and Travel. Highlights include an API for detecting sentiment and sarcasm in text, and an API for determining language about travel from search queries. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.