Palm Aims to Make App Distribution and Discovery Better
Today Palm said that developers will now have the tools to integrate webOS apps, widgets and services across the entire internet. Palm will be offering a web site that houses all the apps for webOS, where more information, reviews and other data is available. Palm will let users click on an app from their desktop PC, have an SMS link sent to their phone, and have the app install over the air to the consumer's device. Palm also announced a webOS Plug-in Development Kit, will extend the capabilities of webOS to build plug-ins into apps. This includes C and C++ to enhance apps. Eventually the plug-ins will be integrated fully into webOS SDK later this year. Palm also announced that it is focusing on bringing 3D games to the Palm Apps Catalog from partners such as Glu Mobile and Gameloft.
Hands On with HP's Elite x3
HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Android Instant Apps Let Apps Run Even When Not Installed
Google today showed off what it calls Android Instant Apps. The idea here is to allow people to access content that's buried within apps that are not installed on their phone.
Progressive Web Apps Will Soon Sink Deeper Into Android
Google plans to improve Progressive Web Apps in the next beta version of Chrome, a change that will give the apps far more functionality than they currently enjoy. Google has been experimenting with Progressive Web Apps since 2015.