LG Kicks Off Developer Loaner Program, Releases Remote SDK
LG today announced a device loaner program meant to get its latest smartphones into the hands of developers so they can create apps for them. LG is offering registered developers an LG G2 handset for a period of 30 days. The device can be used to create and test applications. In addition to the loaner program, LG released a software developer kit for its QuickRemote application. The QRemote SDK will let developers tap into LG's IR remote control application to add their own devices. The app will also gain a macro button so developers can let it turn on multiple pieces of gear at once with the push of a single button. The QuickRemote SDK is available for download from LG's developer support site.
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 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.
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Developer Toolkit
Microsoft today made a software developer kit available to developers interested in creating apps for the forthcoming Windows 10 platform. The SDK requires users to be a member of the Windows Insider Program and have the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, as well as a handful of other apps.
Microsoft's Project Rome SDK to Let Android, Windows Play Nice
Microsoft this week released the Project Rome SDK, a tool for developers that will let Android devices control Windows devices and vice versa. Once fully enabled, third-party apps will be able to see Android and Windows devices when they are connected to the internet.
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.