Apple iOS 8 opens new areas of iOS and enables developers to extend the content and functionality of their applications. Developers can create customized experiences in the realms of photo editing, sharing, notifications, keyboard, documents, and actions. There are over 4,000 new APIs enabling new capabilities and features. Some of the major new APIs, which cover gaming, photo tools, health/fitness, the cloud, home automation, etc., include Metal, SceneKit, SpriteKit, CloudKit, HomeKit, HealthKit, Camera, PhotoKit, Swift, and TouchID.
The latest version of Play Services from Google makes it easier for developers to add beacon location to their apps, push more targeted advertisements, look deeper into gamers' behavior, and add video recording to just about any app. Here's what you need to know about Play Services 9.0
Box continues to encourage creativity and innovation with its ongoing parade of challenges, competitions, and hackathons. Its latest quest to engage the developer community arrives in the form of a Risk-inspired online battle: BRISK. BRISK started as a typical Box challenge; however, to date it has developed into its "own wondrous virtual world, complete with it’s own servers, it’s own API and it’s own set of rules." The strategy and competition have become intense and complicated, but the goal remains simple: "devise the optimal strategy for your bot to take over the world."
In the highly competitive world of app development it is crucial to understand how end users are interacting with applications. TappingStone analyses user information that is pulled from an application via the TappingStone API and provides a set of predictions that could allow an application to adapt in real-time. TappingStone could, for example, decide what users in a freemium setting are likely to become paid customers and offer them a promotion to ensure they stay around.