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.
Yahoo Debuts New App Developer Suite
Yahoo today announced the Yahoo Mobile Developer Suite, a collection of five products meant to help developers get the most out of their mobile apps. The suite contains Flurry Analytics with Explorer, Flurry Pulse, Yahoo App Publishing, Yahoo Search in Apps, and Yahoo App Marketing.
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.
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).