- Google has made an AR app to maintain social distance. Google has a new augmented reality tool that can help you follow the rules of social distancing. This is a pilot project called "Sodar". The app shows a ring with a radius of 2 meters around you. The purpose of this tool is to visualize the distance that people should be at during an epidemic. So far, the project only works with Chrome on Android devices, and not on all devices.
- Released Android Studio 4.0. Android Studio 3.5 had few new features, instead developers focused almost entirely on improving stability and performance in a project known as Project Marble. Android Studio 4.0, from this point of view, has taken a big step forward, and the IDE includes many new features:
1. Motion Editor for creating, editing, and viewing MotionLayout animations
2. Improved Layout Inspector debugger
3. Layout Validation for checking how the app works in different screen resolutions
4. Improved CPU Profiler for better understanding of what is happening
5. Improved IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 platform
6. Now There are Kotlin-code templates for implementing typical tasks
7. Build Analyzer to understand the bottlenecks of the project build
8. Improved support for Java 8
You can read more details about the changes on the website.
- Google has released the first public beta version of Android 11. The company says that the main focus of Android 11 is people, control, and privacy. The new OS version includes new restrictions on access to FS, location access, closing ASyncTask, auditing built-in SDKs, merging all messengers into a single API, and much more. Download the new beta version on the official website, it will work on Pixel smartphones. The final version is expected to be released in the third quarter of this year.
- Released Google Play Billing Library Version 3. Google has introduced the Google Play Billing Library Version 3 — a key library for working with in-app purchases. Starting in August 2021, it will be mandatory for all new apps and games. Key features of the new version:
1. Ability to accept payments in apps in cash-through local payment points. For example, this is available in Indonesia and Malaysia, where more than 50,000 local stores can accept money to transfer to Google Play.
2. More opportunities to promote purchases — for example, promo codes that work through Play and automatically install apps.
3. Attribution of purchases for the developer — for example, you can pass exactly what the payment was made for.
Google Play Billing Library Version 3 is already available in Java and Kotlin, and a new plugin has been released for Unity.
- Apple introduced the new iOS 14. In iOS 14, we are waiting for a major update. Apple has unveiled iOS 14 With a completely updated home screen, great new widgets, an app library, a new app clip format for apps from the App Store, new message features, and many other new features. You can see all the updates at the Apple presentation. The list of devices that will get support for iOS 14:
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPod touch (7-го поколения)
And iPadOS 14:
- 12,9-дюймовый iPad Pro (все поколения)
- 11-дюймовый iPad Pro (все поколения)
- 10,5-дюймовый iPad Pro
- 9,7-дюймовый iPad Pro
- iPad (7-е поколение)
- iPad (6-е поколение)
- iPad (5-е поколение)
- iPad mini (5-е поколение)
- iPad mini (4-е поколение)
- iPad Air (3-го поколения)
- iPad Air (2-го поколения)
Apple also introduced the future watchOS 7 system. This will expand personalization options and add new useful features for those who monitor their health and physical activity. This way, Apple Watch owners will be able to share their own composite dials and find ready-made design options. Sleep tracking, automatic hand washing recognition, additional types of training (including dancing), and a new hearing protection feature will help you feel good. Maps will display navigation for bicyclists, and Siri will learn to translate from different languages right on your wrist. However, as before, all features and applications adhere to the principles of confidentiality.
- Apple will switch computers to its own ARM processor. The chipset will contain components that are also responsible for machine learning and neural computing. However, the chip itself has not yet been shown to us. As for the transition to new processors from the software side, everything should be relatively smooth. Developers will be provided with tools (Xcode, Universal 2) that allow them to easily adapt their applications to work on Apple's ARM processors. The company is already working with Microsoft and Adobe to add compatibility between Microsoft Office and Creative Cloud applications. Apple plans to introduce the first Mac device equipped with its own ARM processor by the end of this year. In General, the transition should take two years. At the same time, the company will continue to support Mac computers equipped with Intel processors and release system updates for them. In addition, Apple will introduce new devices equipped with Intel chips.
- ML Kit becomes a separate product. Google takes the ML Suite from Firebase and makes it a separate product. The new ML Kit SDK will not depend on the presence of Firebase in the project and will focus entirely on machine learning directly on devices. This will speed up its operation, improve its offline operation, and increase data security and privacy. ML Kit can now solve the tasks of scanning barcodes, detecting faces and objects in photos, recognizing text, translating, creating intelligent responses, and much more. A new website was opened for ML Kit: https://developers.google.com/ml-kit/
- AWS has launched the Amazon Honeycode app Builder. Amazon has launched its own application Builder, Honeycode. This will allow people who don't know programming to create web and mobile apps. All of them, of course, will run on AWS. Like similar tools, Honeycode provides users with a set of templates for common tasks-maintaining to-do lists, tracking customers, surveys, schedules, and inventory management. AWS says that so far, many companies rely on shared tables to perform these tasks. Currently, Honeycode only works in AWS US West in Oregon, but it should soon be available in other regions as well. Among the first clients of Honeycode are SmugMug and Slack.