Digia Makes Qt 5.3 Available to Developers
Digia today announced the availability of Qt 5.3, a cross-platform application and user interface framework for developers that lets them more easily create applications for a wide range of operating systems. According to Digia, Qt 5.3 makes a wide number of improvements to the platform, such as the QQuickWidget to help developers migrate their apps, and allows them to develop C++ and Qt versions at the same time. Qt 5.3 includes a number of new APIs for both the Android and iOS platforms, including a Positioning API for GPS features and Bluetooth API for improved connectivity. A new Purchasing API powers in-app purchases from both the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store (support for Windows Phone on the way). Qt 5.3 also offers a WebSockets API to let developers make better use of cloud-based services. Last, Qt 5.3 adds new enterprise and security tools to make apps secure and business-ready. Developers are encouraged to download and use the new tools directly from Digia.
Google Releases First Preview of Android P with Improved Notifications and Notch Support
Google today made the first preview of Android P available to developers. The revised version of Android adds a number of user-facing features as well as tools for app writers.
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.
Google Play Services 9.0 Powers Video Capture, Beacons and Gaming
Google today outlined some of the new features in Google Play Services 9.0. Specifically, there are a handful of new APIs that will let developers add more functionality to their apps.
Play Services 7.5 Adds Smart Lock and Other APIs
Google today announced Play Services 7.5, an update to the underlying set of code most Android devices rely on for accessing the Play Store and various features within applications. Play Services 7.5 is a big step forward and adds a broad range of new functionalities and associated APIs for developers.
Google to Mandate that Play Store Apps Beef Up Security
Google will force developers to adhere to new guidelines beginning next year in an effort to improve the security of apps and the Android devices on which those apps run. To start, Google will require new apps to target API level 26 (Android 8) by August 2018.