RIM Adds Qt Support to PlayBook OS 2.0
Research In Motion today revealed that Nokia's Qt developer framework is now supported by PlayBook OS 2.0. Qt is the platform through which developers created applications for Nokia's Symbian and MeeGo platforms. By adding Qt support to its PlayBook OS, RIM is offering developers invested in the Qt framework another platform for which to develop. PlayBook OS 2.0, which is expected to debut on RIM's tablet later this month, is the foundation for what will eventually be BlackBerry 10. Apps that are written to support PlayBook OS 2.0 will also run on BlackBerry 10 devices at launch.
T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel
T-Mobile today listed the "Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 VR" on its web site. The unique version of the Idol 4S not only runs Windows 10, but sports many of the upgrades available in the related BlackBerry DTEK60, such as the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C connector, none of which are in the standard Idol 4S.
Final Android Wear 2.0 Preview Adds iOS Support
Google today made the final preview of Android Wear 2.0 available to developers. Google is expected to release the new wearable platform to the public — alongside new smartwatches — at some point in early February.
Windows 10 to Run Android and iOS Apps
Microsoft today said Windows 10 devices will be able to run Android applications. According to Microsoft, developers will be able to reuse Java and C++ code to run Android apps in an Android subsystem on Windows 10 devices.
Android Things Earns Second Dev Preview from Google
Google has released a second developer preview of its Google Things IoT platform. Android Things lets developers create smart and connected devices using existing Android APIs and Google services.
BlackBerry Improves BBM with Support for Lollipop and iOS 8
BlackBerry today pushed out BBM 2.6 to the Android and iOS platforms, as well as its own BlackBerry platform. All three versions of the app gain new features, including support for stickers within group chats and a 60-second option for time chats.