Microsoft will release a software development kit to application developers for Xbox Live, says Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox. The move is part of a broader shift to unify Microsoft devices under Windows 10's Universal App Platform, including Xbox One, by allowing apps to run smoothly across all platforms with one set of code.
Samsung has announced the release of a software development kit designed to allow for appliance control through smart TVs. The multiscreen application uses Portable Native Client innovation so developers do not have to optimize the apps from one TV to the next. The beta version is available now and the full version will be released in early January.
Samsung Electronics this year will ship Blu-ray players developed with the Opera Devices SDK, Opera Software's kit for Internet-connected television. At the 2013 International CES, Samsung brought out a new user interface for its Smart TV line and has been encouraging developers to produce applications for its Smart TV platform.
Intel is starting an innovation lab with Chinese search engine giant Baidu in an effort to stimulate applications development for the mobile Internet market. Also, Intel's XDK initiative is a rebranded version of AppMobi's HTML5-based software development kit, which Intel purchased earlier this year, Stephen Shankland writes. "Historically, Intel developer tools have been lower-level offerings designed for programming software that runs natively on chips, but the cross-platform XDK employs the abstraction of the Web" for running on any type of chip, Shankland writes.