Google Maps SDK for iOS Open to All Interested Devs
Google recently updated the Google Maps SDK for iOS. The update does two things. First, it adds several features and gives developers the ability to add things such as ground overlays, gesture control, and geodesic polylines to their own apps. Second, Google made the SDK freely available to any developer who wants it. The original Google Maps for iOS SDK was made available in December, but required developers to register and wait for approval to use it. The new SDK can be downloaded from Google's developer portal immediately. The SDK lets third-party app developers embed Google Maps within their own applications. Prior to the availability of the Google Maps SDK, developers were stuck using Apple Maps for their apps.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
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.