Ideaworks Labs Releases Airplay SDK 4.4 : New Extensions Development Kit Provides Ultimate Developer Autonomy on iOS and Android

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Ideaworks Labs today announced the release of Airplay SDK 4.4, a significant evolution of the company’s proprietary development toolset that enables developers to build applications with a single code base then deploy natively to multiple mobile platforms and devices. A key new innovation in the release, the Extensions Development Kit (EDK), provides developers with the autonomy to extend Airplay’s multi-platform APIs, to access any OS-specific APIs and third-party libraries they choose. Initially implemented on iOS and Android, Airplay EDK uniquely provides developers with both a highly consistent multi-platform OS abstraction, together with the ability to access OS-specific functionality if desired. EDK support for Airplay’s other target platforms will follow in future releases.

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With the Extensions Development Kit, Airplay SDK has strengthened its position as the most efficient, powerful and flexible platform for simultaneous development of rich apps and games across iOS, Android and other smart phone and tablet platforms.

Ideaworks Labs today announced the release of Airplay SDK 4.4, a significant evolution of the company’s proprietary development toolset that enables developers to build applications with a single code base then deploy natively to multiple mobile platforms and devices.

A key new innovation in the release, the Extensions Development Kit (EDK), provides developers with the autonomy to extend Airplay’s multi-platform APIs, to access any OS-specific APIs and third-party libraries they choose. Initially implemented on iOS and Android, Airplay EDK uniquely provides developers with both a highly consistent multi-platform OS abstraction, together with the ability to access OS-specific functionality if desired. EDK support for Airplay’s other target platforms will follow in future releases.

“Airplay SDK 4.4 is a major turning point for multi-platform development,” said Tim Closs, CTO, Ideaworks Labs. “With the addition of the Extensions Development Kit, Airplay SDK has strengthened its position as the most efficient, powerful and flexible platform for simultaneous development of rich apps and games across iOS, Android and other smart phone and tablet platforms. We’re excited to work with the Airplay developer community to use the EDK in building a rich ecosystem of extension APIs and integrations with third-party services.”

Utlizing Airplay EDK, developers can design their own extension APIs and implement them on the selected OS target platforms using the native OS SDKs. The implementations become standard OS libraries that are then linked into the Airplay app at deployment. These extensions can be used to access OS-specific APIs or to integrate third-party services that are available only as static libraries.

In addition, Airplay SDK 4.4 supports multi-threading, allowing developers to exploit emerging dual-core platforms, and providing ease and simplicity in implementing background tasks such as file loading and network activity. Multi-threading is implemented initially on iOS and Android.

The release also extends Airplay SDK to new genres of apps including augmented reality and photography, with three new camera and imaging APIs:

  •     Snapshot – Developers can take a picture using the OS camera app, and return the image to the app or the device image store.
  •     Image stream – Developers can stream the camera image to the device display, and draw over it.
  •     Image load/save – Using the OS image store app, developers can either load an image from, or save an image to, the device’s image store.

Developers can download a full free 30-day evaluation of Airplay SDK 4.4 by visiting http://www.airplaysdk.com/download.php.

About Ideaworks Labs and Airplay SDK
Ideaworks Labs provides software and services for multi-platform mobile application development. Using its unique Airplay technology, Ideaworks Labs provides SDK tools and services to a fast growing community of thousands of serious developers around the world. Key customers and partners include global publishers, chip-set vendors and top-tier OEMs. Airplay SDK offers an open and flexible C/C++ based development environment, and enables high performance native application deployment on platforms including iOS, Android, Symbian, webOS and bada, amongst others. Ideaworks Labs is a private company, backed by private equity and corporate investors, including FTSE-100 listed ARM. To learn more, please visit http://www.airplaysdk.com.

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