This week: Apple’s attempt to mend fences with app developers, Google’s easy-to-use website testing tool, and the continuing battle over net neutrality.
App Developers Will Have Access to Siri and iMessage
Apple announced that it is working on improvements to the software that runs its devices; however, the bigger news was the announcement that it will be easier for app developers to access Apple’s technology, starting with Siri and iMessage, for use in their own apps. With sales in a slump and increased competition from Facebook and Google, Apple is working on its relationship with app developers, who write apps that make Apple devices more useful and personal.
Apple iOS 10: Ten Major Features and Redesigns
At its Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple officially announced the availability this Fall of iOS 10 and gave a demonstration of ten new features. In addition to new tvOS-to-iOS tools, Apple introduced a Universal Clipboard. Highlights also include a redesigned lock screen with rich notifications, updates to the Photos app, and expanded use of 3D Touch.
Read more about the new features in Apple iOS 10 at the Verge.
Google Focuses on Small Businesses with a Simpler Website Testing Tool
Google launched a new testing tool to help small business owners measure website performance on the mobile web. Now that mobile searches have surpassed desktop searches, it is important for both Google and small business owners to ensure sites showing up in search results are “accessible, functional, and performant.” The new tool, which measures smartphones and tablets, is simple to use and offers detailed reports and suggestions.
Read more about Google’s new website testing tool at TechCrunch.
Modular Phones: Here to Stay?
According to leaders in phone manufacturing, the future is modular, with phones having parts which can be swapped out. Everything from speakers and kickstands to projectors to cameras can be plugged in. But what does this approach do to the benefit of smartphones being all-in-one, where you don’t run the risk of losing accessories? And what about accessories working across devices?
Read more about the pros and cons of modular phones at TechCrunch.
The Net Neutrality Battle Rages on Despite Court of Appeals Decision
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has upheld the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality rules, agreeing that the agency has authority to reclassify broadband as a public utility and apply old telephone regulation to it, and that rules should apply to wireless and fixed networks. However, because the court’s decision was so close and was handed down with strong dissent, cable and phone companies are not giving up the fight, possibly heading to the Supreme Court.
Read more about the decision and the odds for getting another appeal at c|net.