Sprint and Openwave Target Browsers for App Development
Sprint today announced that it has adopted Openwave's Integra technology so that developers may write applications to run within the browsers of mobile phones. The Sprint Browser-VAS (value-added services) ecosystem will provide developers with the tools and support they need to create browser-based apps and services. Sprint believes that by targeting the browser for app development, it will help developers create apps that will run across different platforms and form factors. Developers can get the tools they need from Sprint's developer site. Sprint said it expects to launch a storefront for this new set of browser-based apps within the first half of 2011.
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.
Android Apps Headed to Google's Chromebooks
Google today said its Chrome operating system will soon have access to the Google Play Store and the Android apps therein. ChromeOS will support all Android phone and tablet apps, including games, productivity apps, and social networking.
Apple to Developers: Start Making Apps with WatchKit
Apple today released WatchKit, the set of tools developers need in order to create apps for the forthcoming Apple Watch. Apple said developers can create notifications for their apps that appear on the Apple Watch, as well as create Glances (Apple parlance for quick nuggets of app-specific data).
AT&T to Support WebRTC for Browser-Based Calls
AT&T today announced commercial support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC), a client that will allow browsers to make voice/video calls across the internet without the need for additional plugins. According to AT&T, it will support WebRTC on both desktop and mobile browsers.
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