HTC Gives Devs More APIs, Including Beats Audio
HTC has released a new batch of application programming interfaces (APIs) for developers looking to target HTC devices and its Sense platform. The new APIs include a lockscreen API, mobile device management API, an HTC MediaLink HD API, and the Beats Audio API. This last API is notable, because HTC is using Beats Audio integration, for which it paid $300 million, as a way to differentiate its handsets from those of its competitors. HTC said that Sense 4.0 buries the Beats Audio API deeper into the software so that it works with all music/audio apps on HTC devices and not just the Beats Audio app. Giving the API to developers further expands the range of possible apps capable of using the Beats audio technology. The new tools are being made available through the HTC OpenSense SDK for developers.
Apple Releases Its Second Android App for Beats Speaker
Apple has made available a new Android app called Beats Pill+. The app has the distinction of being Apple's second-ever for the Android platform, following the Move to iOS app released earlier this year.
Google Opens Maps and Resonance Audio to Developers
Google today gave developers more access to mapping and audio tools for creating games and other immersive experiences. First, Google brought its Google Maps API to the Unity gaming engine.
Android 2.3 Gingerbread Officially No Longer Supported
Google has put Android 2.3 Gingerbread out to pasture. The update this month follows an announcement Google first made in November regarding Play Services 10.2, which severs backward compatibility with devices running Android 2.3 and older.
Google Cardboard Apps to Gain Spatial Audio
Google today updated the SDK for Google Cardboard and added support for spatial audio. Until today, Cardboard apps were limited to stereo sound.
Google Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.