October 26, 2018
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SmartThings makes bid for Internet of Things with updates to mobile app and developer tools. StrongLoop's LoopBack API gets upgraded for offline synchronization. Plus: New API for image tagging, and Blackberry looks to solve an IoT problem.
Amazon just made enabling Alexa skills within third-party apps a lot easier. The App-to-App Linking feature and associated Alexa Skill Activation API allow app users to enable an Alexa skill within a third-party app. Prior to the features, users were forced to use the Alexa app to enable a skill.
Low power WiFi is emerging as the frontrunner when it comes to getting the Internet of Things connected. However, developers who are hoping to leverage IoT for the tipping point that it is should beware of the networking challenges that could sully the out of box experience for their wares.