Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has been active in updating its apps for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS devices. Over the past nine months, the company has rolled out a number of major updates to its various apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in a bid to showcase Google’s iOS SDK’s strengths.
Over the weekend, developers created 15 new apps and services as part of Evernote and Honda's design hackathon. They were tasked with building apps that utilized Evernote's API, as well as APIs from the Honda Silicon Valley Lab for smart cars, gesture technology company Leap Motion, Pebble, and sensor platform for smart devices NODE.
Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has begun seeding the fourth beta for iOS 8.2 to developers, taking the latest build version to 12D5461b. The latest beta release comes just under a month after the company released iOS 8.2 beta 3 to developers in December 2014.
The iOS 8.2 beta 4 can be downloaded by registered developers as an OTA update or via Apple’s official iOS Developer Center.
There are so many wearable devices already on the market, and many more soon to launch, it's becoming difficult to keep up. But all this enthusiasm among device makers for the wearables category misses the fact that there still aren't enough apps out there to really make wearables compelling for mainstream consumers.
Pebble, arguably the hottest smart watch on the market, is now accepting pre-orders for its high-end Pebble Steel smartwatch. The Pebble Steel, which will retail for $249, features the same e-paper display, a five-to-seven day battery life, and waterproof design. Pebble plans to start shipping the watch on Jan. 28.