Windows Phone 8.1 represents developers’ best chance to make some money – at least as far as Microsoft is concerned. The company released a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 today and hopes that code writers will get to work creating compelling apps and games for its refreshed mobile operating system.
Google has begun distributing a new release of Google Play Services to all Android devices, and along with it made a new SDK available to developers with a handful of new APIs. The main additions include a Google Analytics API, Tag Manager, Address API, Google Drive API, and updated support for Google Play Games. Google Play Services 4.3 is being pushed to hardware already running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and up. This encompasses the bulk of smartphones and tablets in use today.
Twitch today announced the Twitch Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK), which will eventually let mobile device gamers capture, archive, and live-broadcast their games to Twitch, a social network for gamers that already has a large presence on consoles and PCs. Android and iOS device owners have access to the Twitch community through a dedicated mobile app, but it allows only for viewing and interacting with content that’s already been posted to the site. For mobile gaming fanatics, things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.
Chess.com is receiving submissions from developers who are interested in developing ideas for Web sites, apps, extensions, or add-ons with a Chess.com API and support from the staff.
ArenaNet, developer of the popular online role-playing game Guild Wars 2, is working on the implementation of OAuth2 and plans to release new authenticated Guild Wars 2 APIs in 2014. ArenaNet also plans on adding a Leaderboards API that will give developers programmatic access to the same leaderboards data that ArenaNet used to create its Guild Wars 2 leaderboards site.
Video games have come a long way since the days of Pong and Asteroids. Today many video games feature ultra-realistic high-definition graphics and complex gameplay. In addition, modern video games can be played online, allowing gamers to build large social communities that focus on specific video games and video game genres.
FantasyData.com, NFL statistical data provider, offers the FantasyData NFL API. The API gives developers access to NFL data (e.g. team stats, live scores, season information, box scores, and more). The API targets web and mobile app owners who develop apps for the fantasy football market. Many of the most popular fantasy football apps have already integrated with FantasyData’s APIs.
When Apple launched its World Wide Developers Conference back in April, the event sold out in minutes, and a lot of people who wanted to go didn’t make it. So Apple reassuringly said it would announce series of tech talks later in the year. Well, here they are.
Play2Shop aims to be the “Ebates with Entertainment and Engagement.” Play2Shop rewards gamers with points and pays shoppers with cash back that can both be used for discounts at over 1,000 retail partners. Additionally, the Play2Shop API enables game developers to join the Play2Shop community regardless of platform.
Last week, ProgrammableWeb reported that Amazon had launched the new Amazon Mobile Associates API (available as part of the Amazon Mobile App SDK) which allows physical and digital products sold by Amazon to be offered within apps and games that are distributed through Amazon and other Android stores. Days of Wonder, a popular board and online games publisher, has announced the release of a new Kindle Fire version of the popular cross-country train adventure game Ticket to Ride.