Nokia Courting Developers for Its Asha Platform
Nokia today unveiled a new program meant to coax developers into writing apps for its Asha platform. The Premium Developer Program for Asha is structured similarly to Nokia's Lumia developer program and goes above and beyond the basic developer program for Asha devices. Developers who join the Premium Developer Program for Asha will be given free developer handsets and a broader set of remote access tools for troubleshooting devices and apps. The program also gives Asha developers better visibility of their apps in the Asha app store, as well as the opportunity to advertise their apps in the store across 120 markets. Developers can get into the program for free if they've developed a minimum of two mobile apps for any platform. Details are available on Nokia's developer web site.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Google Releases 4th Dev Preview of Android N
Google today made Android N Developer Preview 4 available to developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Google Delays Android Wear 2.0 Until 2017
Google today released Android Wear 2.0 Developer Preview 3 and also shared some details on the timing for the platform's public launch. The biggest addition to the preview operating system is the availability of the Google Play Store on Android Wear devices.
Google Drops Wear OS Developer Preview with Support for P
Google today released the first developer preview of Wear OS, the renamed platform for smartwatches and other wearables. Importantly, this developer preview brings with it support for Android P features.
Whatever it is Nokia is about as irrelevant as HTC, and RIM, so who cares.