Symbian Kicks Off Publishing Program for Developers
Today Symbian officially launched Symbian Horizon, a 'code once, publish to many' syndication service. Developers will submit their apps or app ideas to Symbian. Symbian will pick the best apps, polish them, then publish them to whichever apps stores are appropriate for that particular app. This will let developers write an application once, and Symbian will take over the burden of publishing them, charging for them, managing meta-data for them and so on. Symbian Horizon was announced earlier this year. Today marks its official availability to the Symbian developer community. Coinciding with the launch, Symbian announced that Horizon now officially supports five different mobile stores, including Nokia's Ovi Store, Samsung's Applications Store, AT&T's MEdia Mall, China Mobile's Mobile Market, and Sony Ericsson's PlayNow arena.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Skype to End Support for Windows Phone 7 and Symbian
Microsoft recently indicated it will cease to support Skype on devices running Windows Phone 7 and Symbian. The company said it will retire the official Skype app for WP7, as well as any ancillary apps that support it over the next few weeks.
Microsoft Hands Off Nokia Phone App Store to Opera
Microsoft today announced that Opera Software will soon provide the default app store for older Nokia handsets. Beginning in the first quarter of 2015, the Opera Mobile Store will replace the Nokia Store on devices running the Series 40, Series 60, Symbian, Asha, and Nokia X operating systems.
Google to Help Developers Make Apps More Accessible
Google today released a tool for developers that will scan apps and provide feedback on their accessibility. The idea is to help developers view their apps from a different perspective and gain insight about how their user interface choices may or may not work for those with special accessibility needs.
Google Makes More Android APIs Available to Developers
Google recently released a new tool for developers who are writing apps for the Android platform. Google made the Google Play Developer Publishing API available to all developers, which will allow them to upload APKs to beta testing, staged rollouts, and production, as well as add publishing operations to their app processes.