Samsung Opens TouchWiz To Developers, Users
Samsung today announced "TouchWiz Connected Mobile Applications", a new platform for "rich connected mobile application" widgets that will run on Samsung’s lineup of TouchWiz touch-screen phones. Both developers and end users will be able create new widgets for the platform. Tools for professional developers will be available via the Eclipse IDE. Samsung will offer develeopers the opportunity to sell these third-party applications via a new Samsung Rich Connected Application storefront. Yahoo, Google and AccuWeather.com have already committed to launching widgets for the platform. In addition, Samsung plans to debut a web-based tool that will allow end users to create their own widgets based on user-specified RSS feeds, and possibly other custom content.
Apple Reveals iOS 10 Features
Apple today showed off iOS 10, what it calls the biggest release of iOS ever for both end users and developers. To start, the platform changes up the lock screen, making it easier to access the camera, notifications, Control Center, and widgets.
Android O to Feature Picture-In-Picture and Improved Security
Google today provided more details about the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference. One of the biggest additions to the platform is picture-in-picture for mobile phones.
Google Endows Assistant with More App Smarts
Google today announced a comprehensive update to the Google Assistant. Most of the changes are meant for developers, but everyone will benefit from Assistant's improved ability to interact with third-party applications.
Samsung Says Bixby 2.0 to Be Open and Ubiquitous
Samsung today announced a major update to its Bixby personal assistant service. Samsung calls Bixby 2.0 a "bold reinvention" of the platform that will be available not only on phones, but other smart devices, such as TVs, refrigerators, and speakers.