Facebook CEO to be grilled in Congress as Instagram puts hammer down on API usage

Developers are noting the crackdown Instagram is taking to its API usage while parent company Facebook is walking towards the spotlight in DC.

Pixel Visual Core should make photos taken in Instagram not suck

At least, not suck entirely. We saw dynamic range adjustments improve the whole of the picture we Insta’d with the latest Android 8.1 developer preview.

You can’t view YouTube videos through the Amazon Echo Show

Amazon claims Google pulled YouTube off the Echo speaker with a screen without cause while Google says there’s definitely cause to be seen.

Vic Gundotra has a point about Android cameras falling behind iPhones’

Gundotra, once leading social relations for Android, says that Android’s software platform keep photo capabilities behind iOS.
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New Bluetooth APIs for AOSP finally track battery levels

Some Android manufacturers and custom ROM makers bodged battery level readings into their interfaces — some more crudely than others.

Android O Developer Preview 3 out with final APIs

Android app developers are being urged to work on their products and implement new APIs in time for Android O’s final launch in mere months.

Nougat Maintenance Release possibly means Android 7.1

If that’s the case, could every Maintenance Release from this point on every quarter be a .X upgrade? Android plays with some changes.

Android N Developer Preview 4 gets Namey, finalizes APIs

App developers can now officially prepare for updates or publications in time for Android N’s naming and release, expected sometime soon.

Java code in Android ruled fair use (again), Oracle to appeal

Oracle had been looking for billions of dollars in damages for Google’s use of Java code in the Android OS. A federal jury denied them that money.

Instagram locks down API, breaks sharing through IFTTT

More than just a new logo and fresh look, Instagram locks down API, and it looks like it might break sharing through services like IFTTT.

Samsung developing TouchWiz with Vulkan, sees battery savings

Not only did performance improve scrolling around the home screen, Samsung says, but there were some remarkable battery savings.