Palm Announces WebOS 2.0 with New Features
Palm today announced WebOS 2.0, the newest version of its smartphone platform. In addition to the new system software, Palm also announced that it will offer a matching software developer kit to select developers starting this week. WebOS will include new features for end users, and the SDK will offer new tools to developers. As far as improvements go, WebOS 2.0 refreshes the way stacks work, which can now be clustered into groups to reduce home screen clutter. Palm has renamed the Universal Search feature to Just Type, and it will support actions such as initiating emails, messages, etc. Palm is also offering developers APIs (application programming interfaces) that will work with Palm's TouchStone charger technology, allowing them to integrate their applications into the charger and other accessories. WebOS' Synergy contact management application receives new tools for developers, who will be able to access more of its code and integrate their own apps/services within Synergy. Other new features are aimed more at developers, such as improved Java performance, HTML5 integration, and new PDKs (plug-in developer kit) that will support C/C++ games and applications for easier porting of apps between platforms. Palm is giving developers an early look at WebOS 2.0. It hasn't announced when WebOS 2.0 will be available for end users.
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.
Google Actions for Assistant Work Better Within Apps
Google today improved its Actions on the Google Assistant in several ways that should expand its reach and usability. To start, Actions on Google gain support for seven new languages (Hindi, Thai, Indonesian, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and Dutch), making for a total of 16.
Apple Reiterates that All New Apps Must Support iPhone X
Apple today released a new beta build of iOS 11.4 and reminded developers that they need to use the latest tools and support the newest devices as they code their apps. "Starting July 2018, all iOS app updates submitted to the App Store must be built with the iOS 11 SDK and must support the Super Retina display of iPhone X," said Apple on its developer web site.
Hoping that new Palm hardware comes in and lives up to this. Android is so terrible by comparison to WebOS that it's a shame Palm isn't putting out better hardware.
But that may change.