Facebook SDK for Swift beta now available to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 18, 2016

This past weekend, the social networking giant Facebook announced that a beta version of its brand new software development kit (SDK) for Apple’s Swift programming language is available for download. The new SDK integrates Facebook buttons into iOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS apps written in Swift, and integrates such features like Facebook Login, Analytics for Apps, Graph API and Share to Facebook sheets. The Facebook SDK source code is available via GitHub on an open-source basis. Read More


Apple TV apps can now implement Facebook Login and sharing features

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 29, 2015

If you own Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV, you have probably noticed that apps and games for the set-top box currently lack common social features such as Facebook Login and sharing.

But that’s about to change soon as Facebook earlier this week announced immediate availability of the first beta of its Facebook SDK for tvOS, which gives developers the means to build immersive social experiences on tvOS. Read More


Apple confirms native apps with direct access to Apple Watch sensors arriving this fall

By Christian Zibreg on May 27, 2015

In announcing WatchKit and an accompanying SDK for developing apps for the Apple Watch, the Cupertino firm originally said in a November 2014 press release that “starting later next year, developers will be able to create fully native apps” for the wrist-worn device.

As Apple’s op-chief Jeff Williams joined journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher on stage at Recode Conference earlier this morning, we got our official confirmation that native watch apps are indeed arriving this fall. Read More


Broadcom releases SDK with support for Apple’s home automation HomeKit platform

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2015

Chip maker Broadcom, which supplies Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips for Apple products, on Tuesday announced a software development kit that supports HomeKit, Apple’s home automation platform supported across iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices running iOS 8.

The announcement is the strongest indication yet that Apple has granted full HomeKit certification to Broadcom’s hardware developer platform. It ensures that upcoming Internet of Things (IoT) home automation devices will be able to seamlessly connect with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Read More


Apple Watch resolutions and other interesting tidbits disclosed in developer tools

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 18, 2014

Apple has left many questions unanswered regarding its upcoming smartwatch following its September unveiling. Representing a brand new form factor for iOS, the fashionable wrist-worn accessory sports a Retina panel which Apple bills as an “incredibly high pixel density” screen laminated to a machined and polished single crystal of sapphire (strengthened Ion-X glass on the Sport collection).

With today’s release of the official Apple Watch software development kit (SDK), watchful third-party developers have scanned the files in search of interesting tidbits and discovered references to pixel resolutions for both the 38mm and 42mm high Apple Watches, in addition to other previously unknown details worth mentioning. Read More


Microsoft launches iOS developer tools for deep integration with Office 365 features and services

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Tuesday, Windows giant Microsoft announced that mobile developers can start building better apps by taking advantage of a brand new Office 365 mobile software development kit (SDK) for native app development and a set of Application Programming Interfaces (API) for mail, calendar, contacts and files. The tools debuted at the company’s TechEd Europe 2014 conference.

The move aligns with the Microsoft Open Technologies initiative. The iOS SDK for Xcode supports Objective-C, with Swift support “coming soon”, wrote the team.

More on the SDK, which is currently in preview, is available via Microsoft’s Office Dev Center. The Office 365 SDK for iOS can be grabbed through GitHub and the Getting Started with iOS page has details on how to get started with the iOS SDK. Read More


Another claimed iPhone 6 resolution emerges: 1,472-by-828 pixels at 16:9 ratio

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2014

Back in May, code strings discovered in a beta of the iOS 8 software development kit (SDK) suggested that one of the upcoming iPhone 6 models has a screen resolution of 1,704-by-960 pixels, indicating a pixel density of 416 pixels per inch (ppi).

This, in turn, would be more than comfortably above Apple’s self-imposed Retina requirement of 300ppi.

A reference to a larger 1,472-by-828 resolution has now been spotted in a file added in Xcode 6 beta 5.

This assumed resolution on a 4.7-inch device would yield Retina-class 360ppi, or 307ppi on a larger 5.5-inch panel… Read More


iOS 8 supports third-party keyboards

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

Yes! I was just talking about this in my Samsung Galaxy S5 vs iPhone 5s post, and it’s actually here. As I type this with tears on my keyboard, it’s almost hard to believe that Apple has opened up its SDK with the ability to use third party keyboards.

This means that you will be able to use third party keyboards like Swype for faster more sensible input for touch screens… Read More


Apple announces all-new SDK for developers

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 2, 2014

Apple chief executive Tim Cook was on stage at the WWDC keynote today to announce a brand new SDK, or software development kit, for iOS developers. Cook described the new SDK as the biggest release since the launch of the App Store. It contains several new features for iOS that developers can take advantage of, including 4000 new APIs and an app communication framework called Extensibility…  Read More


Google announces Android SDK for wearables releasing in two weeks

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2014

After becoming the world’s top mobile operating system for smartphones and tablets, Google’s Android software wants to become the leading platform for wearable devices.

CNET’s Daniel Terdiman, reporting from the SXSW conference, has just tweeted that Google’s Sundar Pichai confirmed that the Internet giant will be releasing its own Android software development kit (SDK) for wearable devices in the next two weeks.

The move indicates the search company’s interest in the emerging wearable devices market, which has not exploded yet but is being closely watched in part due to Apple’s rumored iWatch wearable project. Google itself is thought to be working on a smartwatch of its ownRead More


Fleksy’s predictive touch keyboard now available to all iOS developers

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 20, 2014

After releasing its predictive touch keyboard, Fleksy, in partnership with select launch partner apps such as Launch Center Pro, GV Connect, Blindsquare and Wordbox, the San Francisco-based startup behind the software has moved the SDK out of private beta so now all iOS devs can incorporate Fleksy as an alternative soft keyboard within their apps.

The Fleksy SDK requires no sign up, allows for different keyboard themes and is now available completely free of charge… Read More


Google Cast SDK released, now iOS devs can integrate with Chromecast

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 3, 2014

Google’s inexpensive HDMI dongle dubbed Chromecast offers great value for money. For just $35, users can stream Netflix, HBO GO, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play TV & Movies and more, from their favorite mobile apps and websites right to their big screen TV sets – much like AirPlaying through Apple’s $99 media-streaming box, the Apple TV.

While Google’s been adding new Chromecast content sources, the device’s true potential remained largely untapped because Google would only open up Chromecast to select few developers.

But not anymore. As of today, the official Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) is available to developers wishing to enhance their iOS and Android apps and websites with Chromecast integration… Read More


Pebble Appstore is slated to launch early 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 18, 2013

The Pebble smartwatch project has certainly hit the ground running since receiving funding via the crowd funding platform Kickstarter.

The regularly updated software has been improving the smartwatch’s functionality as the company looks to secure its position before heavy-weights like Apple enter the category with their own products.

Aiming to secure its footing in the still nascent but fast-growing wearable technology industry, Pebble on Wednesday announced that an official Pebble appstore is coming early next year to give customers the official venue to download and install third-party smartwatch apps to their Pebble.

The store will launch with watchfaces and six app categories for Daily, Remotes, Sports & Fitness, Notifications, Tools & Utilities and Games. Like Apple, Pebble will feature a selection of the best/new apps on a per-category basis… Read More


Google’s new Maps SDK brings Street View and Indoor Maps to iOS apps

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


iOS 7 beta 1 download available today for developers

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


Facebook makes it easier for iOS developers to add sharing to their apps

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


Facebook updates iOS SDK with native Share Dialog

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 19, 2013

The social networking giant Facebook yesterday at the Mobile Developer Conference in New York City updated its software development kit (SDK) for iOS developers with a new native Share Dialog that also supports photos, akin to the iOS 6 Share Sheet feature.

It lets iOS programmers write apps which enable users to share content to Facebook without leaving the app. Previously, sharing to Facebook in non-Facebook apps used to bring up a web page.

Facebook also rebuilt the Login Dialogs across mobile and web claiming a 20 percent speed increase and introduced other changes to the SDK… Read More


PayPal button coming to your favorite apps

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


Facebook improves iOS SDK with enhanced APIs and better mobile analytics

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking company last July released a software development kit (SDK) for programmers to make it easier to write apps that take full advantage of Apple’s deep Facebook integration in iOS 6. It’s been updated a few times since and today Facebook announced that it is enhancing the SDK with better APIs and other improvements. This update also includes bug fixes that improve stability, is backwards compatible and can be downloaded now direct from FacebookRead More


Google Maps SDK for iOS updated, now available to all developers

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

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