Apple has seeded a pre-release SDK for its wearable computer to a few developers ahead of its official announcement, presumably so that high-profile partners can demo third-party apps at the launch event.
Ten months after announcing acquisition, PayPal has merged it and Braintree’s payments platform and developer operations. Startups and big companies alike now can offer PayPal services and Braintree’s card processing through as single API.
Android Auto will be a framework on top of automakers’ infotainment platforms that emulates the Android interface and apps on your phone on the car’s dashboard.
The HTC One made another appearance before its official launch; this time with a complete spec sheet and sales guide. Jawbone added Android support for its UP24 wearable while Google is planning to release an Android SDK for wearable devices.
Chromecast currently only supports a limited number of apps, but many more could be available soon, thanks to Google getting ready to release the Google Cast SDK.
Microsoft’s SDK update for the Kinect offers a lot of new features, including more accurate 3D scanning
Nokia takes the first of many planned steps into the connected car, launching an embedded infotainment and navigation system called Here Auto that reaches beyond the vehicle into the broader world of smartphone apps.
Tango has already built up a surprisingly large following of social gamers within its communications app. Now it plans to export its video, voice and messaging platform to other game makers.
Ford and GM opened up their closely guarded connected car platforms to developers at CES, which means we’ll soon see a plethora of apps appearing in our dashboards. But the automakers aren’t Google. They’ll be careful about what exactly they’ll let into the vehicle.
RIM’s QNX has pulled the wraps off the developer program for its new connected car platform, Car 2. Launching in early 2013, the SDK uses the same WebWorks tools as BlackBerry 10, creating the industry’s first dev program that bridges the smartphone and dashboard.