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 Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.
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.
Google Expands Cardboard Availability
Google today made its Cardboard app available to more countries and more languages. Google says the app can be used across 39 languages in more than 100 countries around the world.
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.