Palm Testing Web-Based App Development Tool
Palm has started limited testing of a new, web-based tool for app developers. The "Ares" development environment lets developers create webOS apps using a simple drag-and-drop interface running in a web browser. The tool was first announced in early November at the Open Mobile Summit event. A small group of third-party developers are currently testing Ares. Interested developers can request access for when Palm opens it up to more testers.
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 Offers App Developers More Beta Options
Google today expanded the number of ways developers can test their apps ahead of general release. At the moment, developers are limited to testing through closed betas that require people to join dedicated Google+ communities or Google Groups.
Apple Releases iOS 10.3 Beta 1 to Public Testers
Following its release to developers earlier this week, Apple today made iOS 10.3 beta 1 available to people signed up for the public beta testing program. The most notable new feature of iOS 10.3 beta 1 is a tool called Find My AirPods, which helps people locate lost earbuds via an audio alert.
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.
App Links to Make It Easier to Jump from App to App
Facebook and others recently unveiled App Links, a tool for developers that will eventually make it less painful for people to access content within applications. App Links is open source, free for developers to use, and includes SDKs for easy implementation.
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