Google Has Change of Heart Regarding CalDAV
Google today announced that it has reversed an earlier decision to restrict access to the CalDAV API. In March Google said it would only allow its major developer partners to access the API. Since then, Google has received lots of request from developers seeking CalDAV access. Given the volume of requests, Google changed its mind and has decided to make the CalDAV API open to the public. Further, it is also making the CardDAV API open to the public. Both CalDAV and CardDAV are tools that allow people to access calendar and contacts data across the web. Smartphone owners, for example, can choose to sync their calendar and contact data from Google to their device using CalDAV and CardDAV, respectively, as an alternative to Microsoft's ActiveSync. In addition to making the APIs open, Google also updated them, giving both CalDAV and CardDAV OAuth2.0 authentication.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Skype Now Lets You Dress Up Your Photos with Stickers and Effects
Skype has updated its mobile app with new tools for customizing pictures similar to Instagram and Snapchat. The photo effects include face stickers, captions, celebrity lookalikes, location and weather, and face swaps for adding a dash of whimsy to shared images.
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.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.