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.
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.
WhatsApp Ending Support for Blackberry and Symbian OSes
WhatsApp plans to cease supporting a handful of older mobile operating systems by the end of the year. WhatsApp will stop working on devices running Android 2.1 and 2.2; all BlackBerry OSes, including BlackBerry 10; Nokia's S40 and Symbian S60 platforms; and Windows Phone 7.1.
Apple to Let People Pre-Order Apps
Apple has made it possible for people to pre-order applications. Technically, the power is being given to developers, who can publish product pages and accept orders ahead of the app's release.
Apple Puts Its Foot Down, Will Require Apps Support iPhone X
Apple today told developers that soon all new apps submitted to the iTunes App Store must support the screen of the latest iPhone. "Starting April 2018, all new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK, included in Xcode 9 or later," said Apple in an email to developers.