Facebook has just made available a new set of cryptographic API for developers on Android. Aptly named Conceal, this Java library will allow app developers to encrypt data, even large ones, on disk in the most resource efficient way.
There is a new wrinkle to Android today, as a fitness API has been discovered. It gives a glimpse into future plans from Google, but doesn’t necessarily tip its hat to a new piece of hardware. It could be as simple as Android understanding the shifting market of wearables, and acting accordingly.
Cloud storage is one of those quirky things we’re all supposed to love, but do we really accept it? Often, cloud storage is left as a workaround, and not seamlessly integrated, making it a tough proposition for some. Google has introduced a Google Drive API for Android, which should make the process of saving and sharing files from the cloud a lot easier.
Google has just announced this year's first major update to Google Play Services. While the new features in Google Play Services 4.1 are more directly addressed to app developers, the benefits, of course, trickle down to end users as well, especially those that rely on the cloud for their gaming and data storage needs.
Google and Oracle are back in court to once again settle a year-old copyright infringement case which was resolved in favor of Google. This time, however, it seems that the judges are leaning towards Oracle's arguments and believes that Application Programming Interfaces or APIs can be copyrighted.
Google has confirmed they are working to add RAW image file and native burst shot mode support. This isn't yet available for developers to take advantage of, however it does come as a nice follow-up to the report that surfaced earlier in the month on this very subject. The confirmation comes by way of Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano who mentioned that "Android's latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography."
Google has just announced that its Google Glass Mirror API no longer requires a whitelist in order to get access. This means that any developer interested in developing Glassware or apps for the smart eyewear can now do so, of course, with still the same technical limitations of the API.
Android has provided an inconsistent camera experience over the years. Some handsets are capable of producing better images than others, but the experience as a whole has often been criticized. For that, we have often looked towards third-party camera apps to help improve the experience. Sadly though, even the best third-party app cannot fix everything.
Google tries its best to provide sensible default applications that cater to a generic populace but, as always, there will always be other apps that offer more or better features. In Android 4.4 KitKat, Google will be changing the rules a bit for third-party SMS apps that will, hopefully, make things easier for both developers and users.
As one app developer has stated, "This is Twitter all over again," because it appears that Instagram is getting strict with their API and naming policies. Sources have learned that Instagram has begun sending out letters to app developers asking them to cease using the word 'insta' or 'gram' in their titles. And are giving them 48 hours to comply.