HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year's well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One's success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
For the past few months, the API of microblog site Twitter has been used as the basis for many popular and creative mashups. Now Facebook, with the launch of its highly anticipated Open Stream API, is attempting to gain some attention as a platform for social networking applications.