MasterCard Offers Mobile Payment SDK to Developers
MasterCard today announced the availability of a new user interface software developer kit (SDK) that will help Android and BlackBerry 7 application developers write better mobile payment applications. Specifically, the SDK can help add MasterCard's PayPass functionality to smartphones that have NFC (near-field communications) built in. According to MasterCard, the Mobile MasterCard PayPass UI SDK is "programmer friendly" and requires less coding expertise to use effectively when writing applications. The SDK is free to download and use.
Google Makes New Google Cast SDK Available
Google today offered developers access to the Google Cast SDK version 3.0 for Android and iOS. Google first discussed changes to its casting platform at the I/O developer conference in May.
Mastercard Adds Retail Mobile Payments to Bank Apps
Android owners will soon be able to use their own mobile banking app — rather than Android Pay or Samsung Pay — to make tap-and-go payments in stores. Mastercard has expanded its Masterpass program to mobile devices so consumers can make contactless payments at various retailers.
Google's Daydream Developer Tools Exit Beta
Google today made Google VR SDK 1.0 with support for Daydream available to developers. The VR SDK, which has been in beta since earlier this year, gives developers the tools they need to create virtual reality content for Google's Daydream platform.
Android Wear to Gain Android 8 Oreo Notification Dots
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.