Nokia this week released version 1.2 of its Imaging SDK. The new developer tools, which were announced by CEO Stephen Elop at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco, will allow developers to add a wide range of new features to their own camera applications. The SDK applies to devices running Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Nokia claims the SDK will let even entry-level devices run compelling and complex imaging applications thanks to optimization and low-memory requirements.
HTC announced the One smartphone this week, its new flagship device for the year. The One is a sequel to last year’s well-liked smartphone and ratchets up the sex appeal with an all-aluminum design. Its feature set, which includes a luscious 5-inch HD display, zippy four-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and shiny metallic colors, will let it compete well against similar phones from other manufacturers. HTC believes developers can plan a role in the One’s success, too, with new APIs for the camera and BlinkFeed.
2013 has been a banner year for Walgreens. The company launched the Walgreens Pharmacy Prescription Refill API, announced the QuickPrints Photo App Developer Contest encouraging developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints API into their mobile applications, and announced the integration of QuickPrints with the Adobe Revel website. Nearing the end of 2013, Walgreens has unveiled the brand new QuickPrints SDKs for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, announced the QuickPrints Developer Contest winners, and has just released version 2.0 of the QuickPrints API.
As pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.
Appy Pie, cloud based mobile apps builder, continues to add to its list of supported APIs. Its latest additions include some of the most prevalent names in image sharing: Facebook, Flickr, Pinterest, Picassa and Instagram. The image newcomers to the Appy Pie portfolio allow developers to share images in realtime with users.
Photo APIs have long been a staple of developer applications. There are more than 350 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory and almost 800 photo mashups. However, most applications integrate with photo sharing services, like the Flickr API and Instagram API, missing the real power of photo APIs. This post identifies four ways that APIs are getting smart by using image recognition technology to find faces, words and more.
Kodak has launched a developer program that delivers an API to enable printing to retail locations. Mobile app developers can integrate the free API into photo-centric apps and print directly to Kodak’s partner retailers. Currently, Bartell Drugs and Target represent the two US retailers to whom the API can point. In Europe, dm-drogerie sits as the first retail partner. Kodak envisions expanding its retail partner base so app developers can print everything from cards to calendars at over 100,000 locations around the world.
CanvasPop’s new Photo Printing API has already won the hearts and minds of big name photo and image partners like 500px, East Coast pixels (creators of the Photo Toaster app) and Selfless Portraits. Now, any web or mobile developer can integrate the photo-to-canvas printing API into their service delivery and automate canvas printing direct to the end-customer.
Image Searcher, Inc., an image recognition and mobile search technology company, has announced the public release of the Image Searcher Image Recognition API which leverages the same technology used to power the CamFind and TapTapSee applications. CamFind is a visual mobile search app and TapTapSee is an app designed for the blind and visually impaired.
Streamzoo, an alternative to Instagram, has just released the Streamzoo API. According to the documentation, the API uses HTTP calls and returns JSON. It joins 341 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory.