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.
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.
Yahoo Debuts New App Developer Suite
Yahoo today announced the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite, a collection of five products meant to help developers get the most out of their mobile apps. The suite contains Flurry Analytics with Explorer, Flurry Pulse, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo Search in Apps, and Yahoo App Marketing.
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.