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 Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.
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.
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 Files Patent Complaint Against Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission today said it plans to investigate allegations made by Immersion that Apple and AT&T are violating its patents.