Immersion Offering Haptic Tools to Android Devs
Immersion Corporation today announced the availability of its MOTIV SDK 1.0, which will let Android developers add haptics (micro vibrations) to their applications. Immersion believes that adding haptics to Android applications will lead to more creativity and a better overall user experience. Immersion lists of number of examples of how haptics might be included in apps, most of which are games. For example, it says developers could add the feeling of strings to a guitar application, or add kickback to a first-person shooter. The MOTIV SDK has a number of library of pre-defined haptic effects that developers can add to their applications. It will work with Android handsets running version 2.1 and higher.
Google Drops Android O Release Candidate
Google today made Android O Developer Preview 4 available to application developers and said this is the final preview before Google releases Android O to consumers later this year. This build contains the final user interface system behaviors, the latest bug fixes and optimizations, and the final set of APIs.
Android Wear to Gain Android 8 Oreo Notification Dots
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.
Google to Simplify Android Pay for Developers
Google today said it has streamlined the developer tools needed to add Android Pay support to mobile apps and web sites. The company revised the APIs used by developers, who should now be able to enable Android Pay with just a few lines of code.
Immersion and Apple Come to Terms Over Touch Patents
Immersion Corporation today said it has reached an accord with Apple concerning touch feedback patents. Immersion sued Apple in 2016 over the iPhone's use of touch and haptic technology.
Immersion Hits Apple with 3D Touch Lawsuit
Immersion has filed multiple lawsuits against Apple and AT&T, claiming the two violate its haptic feedback patents. Specifically, Immersion believes the Apple iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Apple Watch, Watch Sport, and Watch Edition make use to two patents pertaining to "haptic feedback system with stored effects" and "method and apparatus for providing tactile sensations." The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are further accused of infringing a third patent for "interactivity model for shared feedback on mobile devices" — or 3D Touch, the defining feature of the two phones.