Google Outs Android 4.0.3 and Associated SDKs
Google today announced a minor update to the Android platform. The new release — version 4.0.3 — includes a variety of optimizations and bug fixes for phones and tablets, as well as a few new APIs for developers. The first new API is called Social Stream and relates to the Contacts application. It will keep social networking updates, photos, and posts up-to-date with that person's contact data on the phone. There's also a new calendar API that will let users add color to events and alter types of attendees. The APIs deliver new camera controls to developers, including video stabilization management. Another API makes refinements to Accessibility tools, such as screen readers, and error reporting for text-to-speech engines. The new software also makes minor adjustments to graphics, database, spell-checking, and Bluetooth performance. The tools are available from the Android Developers support site.
Google Hopes New API Will Improve Android Wear Complications
Google today announced a new version of its Complications API for developers in order to help them create better experiences for Android Wear. Complications are dynamic data sets that appear on watch faces, such as step counts, notifications, weather alerts, and similar.
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 Play Services 8.3 Improves Sign-In Experience
Google today announced the availability of Play Services 8.3, an update to the core APIs that allows developers to do new things with the operating system. Play Services 8.3 updates the Google Sign-In API to provide a more consistent look across Google products.
Google Releases First Preview of Android P with Improved Notifications and Notch Support
Google today made the first preview of Android P available to developers. The revised version of Android adds a number of user-facing features as well as tools for app writers.