Google wants to make it easier for fitness-related Android apps to talk to one another, so the company is introducing a new series of APIs for developers. The platform is called Google Fit, and it’ll be available to the public when Android L is released this fall.
But developers don’t have to wait until then to start using the Google Fit platform to create new apps that can share data about your health, fitness, and activities with one another. A preview version of the Google Fit SDK is now available.
- Google Fit preview SDK now available
Don’t like the idea of Google or third-party developers sharing your personal fitness data? Google Fit is an opt-in service. [Google Developers Blog]
- Google released updated Android L preview builds for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7
Don’t expect any major new features, but it looks like Google isn’t waiting until this fall to offer developers a newer version of Android L. Update: The only difference is support for the Google Fit preview SDK in the latest Google Play Services APK. [Android Police]
- Moto X bootloader unlocked through newly discovered vulnerability
The vulnerability affects most devices with ARM TrustZone and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors… but don’t expect a root tool based on this exploit to hit the streets anytime soon. The security researcher who discovered it has published details about the vulnerability, but device makers will probably push security updates to fix the security hole. [Droid Life]
- ASRock releases two new motherboards with Pentium J2900 Bay Trail chips
The J2900 processor is one of the most powerful Intel Bay Trail processors, but the 2.41 GHz quad-core chip uses just 10W which makes it a good choice for low-power, fanless computers. These motherboards both come with fanless heat sinks for passive cooling. [AnandTech]
- History of the development of a Firefox web browser for Firefox OS
It’s a web browser… in a browser-based operating system. [Mozilla Hacks]
- Building a laptop from scratch (video presentation)
Wonder what went into creating the Novena open laptop? Developer Sean “xobs” Cross walks you through the process in this video from Fedora’s Flock Conference for developers. [YouTube]