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.
Appcelerator's widely used platform has been upgraded to include a native software development kit for iOS and Android, which allows developers to access the back-end analytics of their applications regardless of the platform used to build them.
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.
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.