Android Things Preview 4.1 includes minor improvements for IoT developers

The latest Android Things preview update only contains minor improvements but could be useful for some IoT developers.

As the incremental version number suggests, this update isn’t filled with exciting new features. The first is support for the Pico i.MX6UL revision B board, while support for earlier revisions are being dropped. The latest board supports many common external peripherals from companies including Adafruit and Pimoroni.

A second addition is a smaller, more optimised version of Play...

By Ryan Daws, 16 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Devices, IoT, Platforms.

Google brings new and updated APIs with Chrome 60

Google has updated its popular Chrome browser with new and updated APIs for developers to improve the experience for all users.

Currently available in the beta channel, Chrome 60 includes a brand new Paint Timing API, enhancements to the Credential Management API, and improvements as to how pages are rendered with a new CSS Font-Display feature.

Paint Timing API

The Paint Timing API is designed to help web developers gauge how quickly a web app or page loads to help make improvements where necessary. This is...

By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: API, HTML5.

reCAPTCHA Android API launched to enable safer Internet usage on Android mobiles

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Google has announced the launch of the first reCAPTCHA Android API as part of Google Play Services, aiming to better tell humans and bots apart on mobile.

The older versions of reCAPTCHA have been refined to create a version that can provide interruption-free, streamlined user experience – the Invisible reCAPTCHA in March 2017 – which means users can go through sites automatically.

The API will utilise the newest Invisible reCAPTCHA technology, with it also being included...

By Developer, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API.

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.