Tag Archive: APIs


Powerful hidden APIs in Huawei Mate 30 allow Google app installation

“LZPlay” app hooks into undocumented Huawei APIs to install Google apps – a potential security risk?

What you need to know Security researcher John Wu has found undocumented APIs that let apps with Admin privileges install new system apps on the Mate 30. The permissions are used by the “LZPlay” app to install the Google framework and services, but Wu says they’re also a security risk. Huawei says the Mate 30 does not ship with GMS, and  [Read More…]

Android Q Beta 4 released with final developer APIs

The June 2019 security patch is also included.

What you need to know On June 5, 2019, Google started pushing Android Q Beta 4. The final APIs are here for developers. It includes the June 2019 security patch.

Following up on Android Q Beta 3 which was released last month during Google I/O, Beta 4 is now being pushed out.

As expected, Beta 4 is a relatively small update compared to the change between Beta  [Read More…]

Google’s bringing its Maps APIs to augmented reality game development

Available to use right within the Unity game engine.

Pokémon Go is one of the biggest mobile games to ever be released, and later this year, we’ll see similar AR games that get people moving in the real world while interacting with the lore of Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, and more. To help make the development of these titles as easy as possible, Google’s launching new Maps APIs for the Unity game engine.

According to Google:

To make  [Read More…]

Google adds Bluetooth APIs and USB support to Android Things Developer Preview 3

Thus continues Google’s attempted foray into new parts of your home.

To get Android Things prepped and polished for launch, Google recently opened up the Android Things Developer Preview in an effort to encourage developers to make apps and devices that work with its rebranded Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

The third iteration of the developer preview is available now and it brings with it a few new features for developers to tinker with, as well as  [Read More…]

Android N Developer Preview 4 now live, devs can now target N APIs on Google Play

Google has just made the fourth Android N Developer Preview available for download. This update includes a final set of APIs so developers can begin compiling their apps and publish them in Google Play. Developers will also be able to run alpha and beta tests of these apps that target API 24 through Google Play if they wish.

From the official announcement:

Now that you have a final set of APIs, you can publish updates compiling  [Read More…]

Galaxy S7 and S7 edge support both Marshmallow and Samsung fingerprint APIs

The Galaxy S7 is open to the largest number of fingerprint-enabled apps.

Though Android 6.0 Marshmallow doesn’t bring a significant visual change to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the under-the-hood improvements are definitely welcomed either way. And with this release, that means the new phones support Android 6.0’s fingerprint APIs — so you can use a quick tap on the home button to unlock any app that has been written to accommodate Marshmallow’s latest security  [Read More…]

What are the Vulkan APIs, and what do they mean for Android?

The first step in a potentially significant change for gaming performance on Android has just begun.

There’s a new technology being played with by developers all around the world right now, and if you’ve been paying attention to the Desktop gaming world you’ve probably heard the world Vulkan tossed around recently. Folks excited about Vulkan aren’t talking about Spock, but are actually excited about a new set of APIs with the lofty goal of making it  [Read More…]

Android N to ditch Oracle’s proprietary Java APIs for OpenJDK

Google has confirmed that it is making the move from Oracle’s proprietary Java application programming interfaces (APIs) to OpenJDK, the open source version of the Java Development Kit, in Android N.

Android 5.1 SDK released, new APIs for dual-SIM devices and carrier apps

The handful of new APIs in the new Lollipop release focus on cellular and telephony.

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Android 5.1 Lollipop announcement, Google has released the Android 5.1 SDK to developers, along with details of the dev-facing stuff contained in the new version of the OS. Firstly, Android 5.1 brings the platform up to API level 22, which includes new APIs for devices with more than one SIM, as well as additional  [Read More…]

Google Play Services 7.0 brings Nearby Connections and new Places APIs

Google has announced today that it is rolling out Google Play services version 7.0 which brings developers some new tools for leveraging place information, fitness data, the recently-announced Nearby Connections API, and more.