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Google says Android Studio 2.3 is all about the little things. The company took pains to clean up its Android app developer platform while also introducing a small number of new features and tools. The result, hopes Google, will be happier developers and better apps for Android smartphones.
Slack is targeting the enterprise in a big way with Slack Enterprise Grid, a scalable version of its business communications platform. Along with the expanded platform, Slack updated its Node.js and Python SDKs so developers can add the new features to their own Slack business apps.
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.
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.
Google intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet. Why? So Google can further refine Hangouts for the enterprise.
ProgrammableWeb's Most Interesting APIs in 2016: Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Education API University
This article is part of a 10-part series about interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2016. Entertainment and Education APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
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.
Facebook wants bots to get better. Developers have so far taken significant advantage of the Messenger Platform. Businesses and app writers have created some 33,000 bots that function within Facebook's Messenger application, helping people check the weather, make payments, and more.
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.