Google Makes Android 4.2 Jelly Bean SDK Available
Google today released the software developers kit for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The SDK allows developers to customize their applications to fit the new features of the Android platform. Some of the new features of Android 4.2 outlined by Google include better hardware acceleration and optimization for performance; tweaked status bar and notification settings; multi-user support for tablets; lock screen widgets; an interactive screensaver when devices are docked and/or charging; support for external displays; and improved HDR image capturing with device cameras. The SDK is free to download from the Android developer portal.
Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.
Android N Preview Adds Multi-Window to Core Platform
Google today released a very early developer preview of Android N. Google hopes giving early access to the base code will help developers provide feedback so Google can push Android N to phone makers by the summer months.
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.
Google to Let Anyone Build Assistant Into their Hardware
Google today released an SDK that developers can use to add the Google Assistant to all manner of different gadgets and devices. Assistant made its debut in the Allo messaging app, and later arrived on Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Android Wear smartwatches, and other hardware.