Google finalises APIs for Android O in Developer Preview 3

Unwilling to let Apple steal all the spotlight this week, Google has announced Android O Developer Preview 3 is rolling out with the final APIs before release.

The second developer preview was announced during Google I/O three weeks ago and included a look at the new ‘Fluid Experiences’ and ‘Vitals’ features.

Some of the Fluid Experience features include; Picture-in-Picture support, Notification Dots which allow developers to inform users an action is now available, Auto-Fill support...

By Ryan Daws, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools, Industry, Phablet.

What developers need to know following Apple’s WWDC 17 keynote

Apple’s keynote at its annual WWDC event often leans towards consumer announcements, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for developers.

This year, the computing giant announced “the biggest software release ever” for iPad while also squeezing in a few iPhone features, improvements to macOS, a new product line in ‘HomePod’ which is somewhere between a Google Home competitor and Sonos rival, an interesting AR platform, and a machine learning API.

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By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Apple, iOS, iPad, Platforms.

IFTTT allows individual developers to build applets

IFTTT has become invaluable for connecting various products and services together, but it was limited to its large partners in the past. Today, however, the platform is opening its virtual doors to individual developers to build and publish applets for anyone.

For those uninitiated, IFTTT (If This Then That) allows people to create ‘recipes’ which help to maximise the potential of products and services. For example, a high carbon dioxide level detected by a Netatmo Weather Station at home could...

By Ryan Daws, 24 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: API, IoT, Platforms.

Opinion: Three tips for the healthy API

Today’s cloud platforms are changing every part of the software stack: compute, payments, maps, storage, communications. Platforms are making it easier than ever before for developers to test ideas. This is the essence of software, and it’s happening faster than ever.

The significance, therefore, of running a healthy API cannot be overstated. It’s the only way, ultimately, that companies striving for developer adoption and retention will be able to achieve their goals.

But what is a...

By Jonas Borjesson, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Industry.

Google makes Cloud Speech API generally available to developers

Google is allowing third-party developers to access its speech recognition technology with the help of its Cloud Speech API, which has become generally available.

Cloud Speech, which allows developers to convert audio to text with a simple to use API, was introduced in open beta in summer 2016, and is built on the core technology that powers speech recognition for Google products, such as Google Assistant, Google Search, Google Now.

Google bettered the transcription accuracy for long-form audio and process...

By Developer, 24 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API.

NHS England launches dedicated space for developers

As part of a new healthcare app initiative, NHS England has launched a dedicated online space for developers alongside a library to discover approved software.

The new space for developers can be found here and provides access to appropriate health-related data, tools, and a testing facility for apps. Features which enable validation and authorisation are in the pipeline and will be added soon.

“Our vision is to transform the way people experience the NHS, by designing digital health...

By Ryan Daws, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Development Tools, Industry.

Twitter launches Periscope Producer API to counter Facebook Live

As it continues its fight against rivals to be the source of real-time news, Twitter has launched the Periscope Producer API which allows media publishers to broadcast live on the platform using their own professional equipment.

News of the impending API release was first reported by The Information but without an exact release date or much in the way of details. Facebook launched a similar API last April as part of its ‘Facebook...

By Ryan Daws, 21 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Facebook.

One studio is dropping DirectX in favour of Vulkan

DirectX could once afford to be exclusive to Microsoft platforms when PC gaming was dominant, but now it seems developers are willing to drop it for cross-platform alternatives such as Vulkan.

Vulkan is a cross-platform graphics API which supports all the major PC platforms, gaming consoles, and even smartphones. Unlike DirectX 12, it’s also open source. Both of these factors make it compelling to developers looking to simplify their coding while expanding their potential audience.

The developers of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming, Microsoft.

O2 launches Liberty API project to provide mobility and social-demographic info to developers

O2 in the Czech Republic has launched the Liberty API project which aims to provide developers with access to some of the mobile operator’s data.

"At O2 we have a variety of unique systems built upon our data sources. Through open APIs to become a skilled partner for developers to create new products and solutions," describes Petr Holeček, manager of internal innovation center O2.

Two APIs will be offered as part of the pilot – the Mobility API, and the Socio-demo API. The former will...

By Ryan Daws, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Mobile.

New API launch aims to unify blockchain and game development

GameCredits Inc, an IT and finance company ‘with a mission to deliver blockchain-based products to a mass market in the gaming industry’, has announced the launch of a free API to enable developers to offer its cryptocurrency for in-game payments.

The blockchain, a distributed database which theoretically offers more secure data transfer across payments and potentially other applications, is being taken to a wider market base for the first time with this release, the company claims....

By Developer, 09 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, Gaming.