RIM Buys tinyHippos for Emulator Tech
Research In Motion today announced that it has acquired a company called tinyHippos for an undisclosed sum. tinyHippos makes a mobile environment emulator called Ripple. The company also has web and mobile widget development chops, which RIM says it is adding to the BlackBerry Developer team. RIM recently announced that its QNX-based PlayBook tablet will use "app players" (i.e., emulators) to allow Android and Java-based applications to run on the PlayBook.
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.
Google Releases Final Developer Preview of Android 7 Nougat
Google today made the fifth and final preview of Android 7 Nougat available to app 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.
Microsoft's Android-App-Porting Tool May Be Shelved
Microsoft has dialed back efforts to port Android apps to the Windows 10 platform, reports Windows Central. In April, Microsoft announced plans to allow app writers to port iOS, web, Win32, and Android apps to the Windows 10 platform.
Jolla Separates Software and Hardware Businesses
Jolla today announced plans to split its operations into two separate companies. Moving forward, Jolla Ltd.
Apple Scoops Up Mapsense
Apple has purchased a small mapping company called Mapsense, reports Re/Code. Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the San Francisco-based firm, which "builds tools for analyzing and visualizing location data." The company's 12-person team will be folded into Apple's Cupertino headquarters.