Microsoft has been pretty stingey to devlopers as far as what they have access to while developing their apps. In addition to strict app design rules developers don’t have access to the stuff like the camera video feed, making apps like Fring and augmented reality apps impossible for developers.
Well today Microsoft announced that there will soon be an update to the (free) Windows Phone Developer Tools kit. The updated tools will give developers deeper API access, enabling them to take advantage of:
- Application multitasking for background processing, audio and file transfer, and fast application switching
- Deeper phone integration so apps can, for example, take better advantage of the versatility of Live Tiles
- Access to the camera and Motion Sensor library so developers can build apps that incorporate device hardware and build augmented reality experiences
This along with the improvements that come with the recent Windows Phone 7 “NoDo” update, looks to be a sign of the young OS moving in the right direction, giving WP7 a better shot at competing with the likes of Android and iOS.
Category: Mobile News
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