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.
Google's 2014 plans for the Chromecast dongle are ambitious, including a more open software development kit to encourage the creation of applications for the device, Janko Roettgers writes. "We are going to be launching in a number of international markets," said Google's Mario Queiroz. The moves come as the Google TV technology is folded into the Android mobile operating system, with many internal Google TV developers reassigned to work on Chromecast, Roettgers writes.
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.