Openwave and GetJar Collaborate on Developer Tools
Openwave announced a new developer product today called Amplicity. Amplicity grants developers access to network operator data (anonymous subscriber info) and lets them take advantage of it to create applications that work in the browser of that operator's handsets. Openwave believes that this will lead to a better app experience for end users while bringing in more money for both the operator and the developers. In addition to announcing Amplicity, Openwave announced that GetJar will integrate Amplicity into its app store. Openwave and GetJar say that the integration of these two products will allow developers to "write once, publish everywhere" — across mobile device platforms and carriers. They believe it will help developers circumnavigate the fragmentation of systems and networks around the world.
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 Releases 4th Dev Preview of Android N
Google today made Android N Developer Preview 4 available to developers and beta testers. Google says devices that are enrolled in the beta program should be able to update to the newest preview right away.
Apple to Let People Pre-Order Apps
Apple has made it possible for people to pre-order applications. Technically, the power is being given to developers, who can publish product pages and accept orders ahead of the app's release.
Android O to Feature Picture-In-Picture and Improved Security
Google today provided more details about the next version of Android at its I/O developer conference. One of the biggest additions to the platform is picture-in-picture for mobile phones.