By Christian Zibreg on Jul 17, 2013
Google yesterday pushed a major 2.0 update to its native Maps iOS app.
The software has brought native iPad support, offline maps, a much cleaner interface, improved navigation, indoor maps of building floors and other enhancements.
By the way, today’s Chrome iOS update lets you open map links in the Google Maps app instead of the browser.
To go along with the new Maps app, Google yesterday issued a version 1.4 of its Google Maps SDK for iOS. The new frameworks make it easy for Apple’s registered iOS developers to write apps that incorporate such new features as Street View, Indoor Maps, and a new look and feel… Read More
By Sébastien Page on Jun 10, 2013
Eager to get your hands on all the goodness that’s packed in iOS 7? The good news is that if you’re a developer, you can get access to it today, assuming you can get into the Dev Center, which is crawling under massive amounts of traffic right now.
Everybody else, you’ll have to wait for the Fall to be able to enjoy iOS 7, once it becomes available to the general public… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 20, 2013
Are you not getting enough Facebook in your life? Do you find yourself wishing that your third party apps offered better integration for the social network? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, you’ll love this.
Facebook just announced that it’s pulling the native Share Dialog feature it introduced last month out of beta today. This will allow developers to add sharing features from the social network to their apps with a single line of code… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 10, 2013
If you’re a heavy PayPal user, good news: the company last Friday at SXSW 2013 announced a software development kit for Apple’s registered iOS developers to integrate PayPal’s mobile payment solutions into their apps for iPhones, iPods and iPads. As a result, those developers who choose to implement the new PayPal SDK will be able to provide a PayPal button for frictionless payments. And if a user wishes to use her or his credit card, they will be able to scan it in-app to make the payment… Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 21, 2013
When Google released its standalone Maps app for iOS back in December of last year, it also seeded an SDK to select developers. The software development kit allows developers to integrate Google’s mapping data into their apps.
Today, Google has lifted the limitation, opening up its Maps SDK to all developers. The announcement comes alongside a nice little update to the dev kit, which now features ground overlays, and other new mapping tools… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 11, 2012
As it promised a few weeks ago, Facebook today has released a major iOS SDK update for developers. SDK 3.0 Beta is chock-full of features that will enable iOS developers to start taking advantage of Apple’s newfound relationship with the social network.
During its WWDC keynote last month, Apple announced system-level Facebook integration into both Mac OS X and iOS 6. Not only does this give users an additional outlet to share content, but it also means there will soon be no more need for OAuth… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2012
Realizing Apple and Google are moving swiftly to mainstream speech recognition on mobile devices, U.S. carrier AT&T today announced that it is opening up its own Watson speech engine to iOS and Android platforms via a software development kit (SDK), now available on the AT&T Developer website.
Much like Apple’s Siri or Google Voice Actions in Android (and Google Now), Watson takes input, analyzes it, performs one or more services and returns a result. Input can be audio files, speech, gestures, face recognition and text. Here’s a video of Watson in action… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 27, 2012
Earlier this morning we told you about a note by Apple pundit John Gruber who challenged BGR editor Jonathan Geller’s false report that Apple would release a software development kit for the Apple TV at WWDC, effectively opening up the $99 set-top box to third-party apps.
The rumor never came to be and Gruber noted in his trademark style that “something big is going on with Apple TV in Cupertino” (but it’s still being cooked, if I may add). An interesting new video evidence released today by the Brazilian blog MacMagazine has strengthened the belief that third-party apps are likely coming to the Apple TV… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2012
The social networking behemoth Facebook just announced in a post over at its Facebook Developers blog that it is working on a major update to the Facebook SDK for iOS that will launch “soon”.
The company also confirmed its acquisition of the Face.com startup that should result in a more accurate facial recognition when you upload and share your photos… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 8, 2012
A new report published this morning claims that Apple will seed developers with a brand new Apple TV software development kit (SDK) as early as its annual developers conference which kicks off with a San Francisco keynote next Monday.
Conceivably, the goal of the SDK would be to foster growth of the third-party app ecosystem around the Apple TV, the $99 set-top box which remains closed to app developers (unless you jailbreak, that is)… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 12, 2011
Palm fans haven’t been the only ones to mourn the demise of the aged platform. Now the few developers who made it their job to create Palm OS apps have a lifeline, and it’s a lifeline that could open up a brave new world of mobile app development for those who have been left behind.
StyleTap’s new iOS Wrapper SDK allows developers to take their old Palm OS apps and make them ready for submission to Apple’s App Store. Whether Apple sees fit to accept the submissions, though, is anybody’s guess.
By Alex Heath on Nov 7, 2011
Developer and hacker conradev has uncovered a hidden panorama mode in the iOS Camera app. By changing a key value in the iOS SDK, a Panorama mode is unlocked in the Camera app that lets iPhone users capture a panorama image by snapping photos continually from left to right.
While it’s unclear as to why this feature is hidden in iOS, it can only be assumed that Apple will eventually release it to the public in due time. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Aug 8, 2011
Google’s Chrome web-based app store received a new entry this week, and believe it or not, it does have a link to the world of iOS.
The newly released appMobi is a web app designed to help developers to code HTML 5 web apps, but it also packs a sucker punch that we didn’t see coming. If after writing your HTML 5 app, you decide you’d like to submit it as a native iOS app to Apple’s App Store, then appMobi will let you do that, too… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 15, 2011
After doing some sleuthing in the iOS 5 beta SDK, the folks at 9to5Mac have discovered graphics for the next generation iPad that are 2X the size of the iPad’s current, 1024 x 768 resolution. These graphics are capable of fulfilling the requirement for Apple’s ‘Retina Display‘ that is currently used on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch.
It was originally dismissed when 2X iPad graphics were discovered in the iOS 4 SDK, but 9to5Mac believes that this Retina Display-worthy resolution references the iPad 3′s screen. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 13, 2011
After the next generation iPhone was a no-show at Apple’s WWDC conference last week, the previous reports of an iPhone release in September gained more credibility. Now, according to some Apple intelligence from 9to5Mac, the next iPhone has reached final testing stages (or “AP” stage) with high-level Apple and carrier executives.
All signs point towards Apple being on track for a September release of the next iPhone, but some problems with Verizon could restrict FaceTime over 3G on the carrier’s CDMA network. Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 11, 2011
When the iOS 5 Notification Center was unveiled by Scott Forstall at WWDC, the possibility of third party widgets was also teased to developers. Although no public SDK for widgets was announced by Apple, the first, non-Apple widget has been successfully added to Notification Center, thanks to the RedSn0w tethered jailbreak that recently got updated for iOS 5.
Developer WillFour20 was able to dig into a jailbroken version of the iOS 5 SDK. He uncovered the ability to add his own widget, and he demonstrated it with the above: “Hello World.” Thanks to this discovery, developers with jailbroken iDevices will be able to start developing and testing widgets for iOS 5… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jun 7, 2011
Since Apple unveiled iOS 5 at the WWDC keynote yesterday, developers have been diving into the software to discover the hidden secrets within. The latest development actually points towards future models of the iPhone and iPad.
As would be expected, there are code placeholders for the next gen iPhone, and there are also references for two future iPad models. Ladies and gentleman, start your rumor mills… Read More