Nokia Offers Developers Tools for Ovi
Nokia announced a new set of tools that developers can make use of to create applications and services for the Ovi Store and other Ovi services. Nokia is offering a set of Ovi APIs and an Ovi SDK (software development kit) beta. The first set of APIs include an Ovi Maps Player API and the Ovi Navigation Player API. Nokia said it will roll out SDKs and APIs for other services in the coming months. It also opened up an Ovi developer beta program for developers to join through Nokia's Forum Nokia organization. Registered developers will receive access to the Ovi SDK and APIs. Developers that create for Nokia devices using the Ovi tools may be able to sell their applications via the Ovi Store as early as 2010. The Ovi APIs and SDK should help developers create apps that have a more native look and feel.
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 Says Play Services 5.0 Rollout Complete
Google today said the majority of Android smartphones and tablets have been upgraded to Play Services 5.0. The newest version of Play Services, which Google first revealed during its I/O developer event in June, is a major leap forward for developers.
iOS Gains Key APIs for Touch ID, Camera, More
Apple today revealed a significantly expanded set of new tools for developers to use for creating iOS apps. The new iOS SDK includes some 4,000 APIs for developers to put to use.
Cyanogen Introduces Platform SDK
Cyanogen today announced the Cyanogen Platform SDK, a new tool meant to make developing for Cyanogen easier. Cyanogen describes the Platform SDK as an open-source tool that lets developers use existing APIs within CyanogenMod's framework or to create their own APIs for the greater community.
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.