Rebtel Intros New Voice SDK for Android and iOS Apps
Rebtel today announced a new tool that will allow developers to add VoIP-based voice calling features to practically any Android or iOS application. Through a new SDK, Rebtel is making it easy for developers to voice-enable their applications. Rebtel believes voice-enabled apps can improve the user experience for many services, such as games and social networks. According to Rebtel, the SDK is free, can be added to apps in about 15 minutes, provides for free calling over Wi-Fi or 3G with HD Voice technology, and requires no back-end support from the developer. Worldwide, Rebtel has some 17 million users and is second only to Skype in terms of size. The SDK is being made available in a private beta at first, but Rebtel expects it to become more widely available over time.
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.
Microsoft's Project Rome SDK to Let Android, Windows Play Nice
Microsoft this week released the Project Rome SDK, a tool for developers that will let Android devices control Windows devices and vice versa. Once fully enabled, third-party apps will be able to see Android and Windows devices when they are connected to the internet.
Samsung's Bixby Is Far More than A Voice Assistant for the Galaxy S8
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones feature Bixby, a voice-based user interface developed by Samsung. It's more advanced than a simple voice assistant, as it voice-enables every function of an app.
Google Updates Android Wear SDK
Google today released a new version of the Android Wear SDK for developers. The SDK boosts the API level from 22 to level 23, which introduces the new runtime permissions required in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up.
Google Makes It Easy to Embed VR into Apps and Sites
Google today announced VR view, a way for developers to add virtual reality content to mobile apps and web sites. Google believes VR images and video — accessed through Google's Cardboard viewer for phones — can be used to create interactive and enriching experiences within apps.