Apple has released another beta of their upcoming 2.1 firmware for iPhone’s. The description doesn’t say much more than “bug fixes” but one thing that some developers will notice right away is that early access to the push notification service has been pulled.
No word on whether it will make the initially promised September launch, so if you’re developing an app that would be using this service keep your fingers crossed that it doesn’t miss the 2.1 update.
[Via Mac Rumors]
When Google first announced the Open Handset Alliance to bring it’s Android-based mobile phone platform to phones from multiple handset makers, there was a lot of excitement about the open platform and what it could mean for the industry.
But for the last few months updated builds of the SDK stopped being released…or did they?
In a note intended for the 50 winners of Google’s Android Developer Challenge but accidentally sent to a larger list of developers, Google’s David McLaughlin implied that updated builds HAVE been coming out, but only to the winners and not to the development at large.
One Android developer who read the note commented in the Android forum “ahhhh, now it makes sense…so they’ve been making private SDK releases while the rest of us suffer with the pile of bugs from the 4+ month old release.”
Google later confirmed that it was, in fact, doing this but only to help test the SDK so that it could release an updated version to the rest of the world in the coming weeks.
Whatever Google’s reason for the Android SDK in this way, they should really be careful–the iPhone SDK has already begun luring developers away from Android and more are likely to follow. Google might want to consider making the open platform a bit more open.
Apple has released another updated to the iPhone SDK, this time Beta 8.
The new build of the SDK is 1.25GB and includes a new iPhone firmware. A new version of iTunes, version 7.7, is also available for developers to download but it isn’t yet released to the general public.
I just checked the dev site and the release notes they have posted are for the previous version still (Beta 7) so I’m no sure yet exactly what might be new in this version.
If you remember a when the iPhone Dev Program was first announced by Apple there were complaints that nearly everyone was being rejected.
Looks like that wasn’t far from the truth.
During his keynote, Steve Jobs mentioned how many developers applied to be an iPhone developer (25,000) and how many were accepted into the program (4,000).
TUAW caught this and did the math. The results? About 16 percent of those who applied were accepted into the program.
The $99 annual fee got a LOT of people excited about developing for the iPhone. I’m sure more will be accepted into the program as it matures, but for the 21,000 that we’re yet accepted it’s got to be quite a buzz kill.
Effective July 1st, Motorola Labs is laying off 120 of their 600 employees and reassigning another 180 to individual business units. The remaining 300 will become a new, smaller unit called “Applied Research & Technology Center”.
No comments from Motorola about the move but they did confirm a reorganization.
In a statement, the company said, “this direct alignment will help R&D teams work with their business partners to optimize R&D investment and focus on projects that deliver the greatest value for Motorola.”
Ready or not, here comes another update to the iPhone SDK.
Today Apple released beta 7 of their iPhone SDK. I can’t tell you what’s new yet…I can’t even get the file right now (their server is a little bit slammed at the moment).
Maybe you’ll have better luck–look for it in the iPhone Dev Center.
RIM (Research In Motion, makers of the BlackBerry) has announced that later this year it will be holding its first ever BlackBerry Developer Conference in Santa Clara, California.
This 2 1/2 day event will have pretty much what you’d expect–sessions, discussions, workshops, and exhibits.
The conference will begin on October 20th and will cover things like Java, AJAX, and streaming video.
In addition to announcing the conference, RIM also has released a Developer Video Library that are “highly technical” and not intended for non-developers.
Apple has just updated their iPhone SDK to beta 5.
No word yet on what exactly is new and/or different in this version but if you’re interested you can grab the just over 1GB monster here.
In an effort to make creating casual games easier while expanding its installed base of Silverlight browser add-on users, Microsoft today announced Popfly Game Creator.
Last year Microsoft launced Popfly to help make creating widgets and mashups simple using Silverlight and now, using Popfly Game Creator, you can make games just as easily.
Popfly Game Creator is completely browser-based and was built with non-programmers in mind, so don’t worry about not knowing a computer programming language–looks like you won’t need it.
Apple has released an updated version of the iPhone SDK, making the latest version Beta 4.
New in this version is support for OpenGL ES to the iPhone Simulator.
The “ES” is short for “Embedded Systems” and is the graphics API for Symbian and Android as well.