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 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.
Google Makes More Android APIs Available to Developers
Google recently released a new tool for developers who are writing apps for the Android platform. Google made the Google Play Developer Publishing API available to all developers, which will allow them to upload APKs to beta testing, staged rollouts, and production, as well as add publishing operations to their app processes.
Google Says Play Services 5.0 Rollout Complete
Google today said the majority of Android smartphones and tablets have been upgraded to Play Services 5.0. The newest version of Play Services, which Google first revealed during its I/O developer event in June, is a major leap forward for developers.
Google Play Services 7.0 Improves Location Tools
Google today announced the rollout of Play Services 7.0. Play Services is the backbone developers use to create and power applications for Android.
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.