DropBox Releases New Sync APIs for Android and iOS Devs
DropBox today made available to developers new application programming interfaces that will make it easier for developers to integrate DropBox into their own applications. Developers have always been able to add DropBox to their applications, but the repsonsibility to sync files, folders, and changes between the third-party app and the user's account was the developer's responsibility. This required some coding on the developers' part. Using the new Sync API from DropBox returns the syncing repsonsibilities back to DropBox, which means it will take far less work for developers to add DropBox and DropBox features to their own apps. They can now add offline caching and editing to their apps, as well as the ability to list the contents of a folder, or move, delete and create files and folders locally.The API is available for download beginning today. DropBox provides mobile device users with cloud-based storage.
Dropbox Makes It Easy to Share Files Via Facebook Messenger
Dropbox has integrated its own service into Facebook's Messenger app, allowing people to share files from Dropbox to friends and family through Messenger. The integration requires senders to have both the Dropbox and Messenger apps installed on their phone.
Google Releases First Preview of Android P with Improved Notifications and Notch Support
Google today made the first preview of Android P available to developers. The revised version of Android adds a number of user-facing features as well as tools for app writers.
Dropbox to Kill Off Mailbox and Carousel Apps
Dropbox today said it has decided to shut down its Mailbox and Carousel apps in 2016. Mailbox is a popular third-party email application and Carousel is a tool for organizing photos.
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.
Google's ML Kit Lets Any App Put Machine Learning to Work
Google today announced ML Kit, a new SDK that will allow developers to add machine learning to their own applications. ML Kit gives developers access to five ready-to-use APIs: text recognition, face detection, barcode scanning, image labeling, and landmark recognition.