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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.
Twenty-two APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Genetics, Education, Passwords, Identity, Video, and Music. One highlight today is the IEX Trading API for creating stock trading applications. Here's a rundown of the latest additions for developers.
Google has released the first developer preview of Android O, and it's chock full of new APIs. Google plans to test the platform for up to six months before the public release, so developers have plenty of time to learn all the ins and outs of Android O. Here's what you need to know.
Twitter announced the Periscope Producer API, which will give third-party apps the ability to authenticate Periscope accounts and let people push live video from just about anywhere. The idea is to make it easier to share video from just about any device and reduce pain points for end users.
Recent reports indicate that Twitter will make significant announcements next week regarding its live streaming API. The company is expected to open the API to a select group of media companies. The move would allow such companies to directly stream live video to the Twitter platform.
Agora.io launched Agora Virtual Lenses: an SDK that allows video streaming providers to add stickers and filters to real-time video. With over 600 sets of stickers and a number of lenses and filters, Agora aims to augment any video experience in the same way Snapchat filters augment social media.
When Apple open-sourced Swift, developers saw a greater potential for the language than mere client-side iOS development. The community envisioned a language that could become more universal and cross-platform, evidenced by the emergence of server-side Swift powered by the Vapor Web Framework.