Pandaboard.org has unveiled a new and small mainboard that is called the Pandaboard ES. This little board is one of the open source parts that is designed to be a development tool for running Android 4.0 ICS when it lands. The board is intended to support the Android Open Source Project. The little board is price very well.
It's not just the Windows 8 Developer Preview coming in February 2012; Microsoft will also launch the Windows Store, its download center for Windows 8-based PCs, notebooks and tablets. The Windows 8 app store will include in-app purchasing and trials, along with support for subscriptions, while Microsoft's revenue split with developers is set up to particularly reward those with top tier software. Those looking to get in through the door early can take part in Microsoft's new First Apps Contest.
Windows Phone 7 has apparently overtaken RIM's BlackBerry OS to be the third most interesting platform for app developers, according to new research, with Microsoft's partnership with Nokia a key driving factor. Apple's iOS remains in the top spot for developer attention, Appcelerator's Q4 2011 report suggests, with 91-percent of those coders questioned reporting that they were "very interested" in creating iPhone apps; in contrast, 38-percent said the same about Windows Phone 7, with 28-percent saying they were keen to code for the Nokia Lumia 800 in particular.
Apple's long promised iTunes Match feature may finally be nearing launch after the company missed its end of October deadline. Developers received notice today that Apple will be resetting and erasing their iCloud libraries on November 12 at 10AM PST so that the company can prepare for the launch of iTunes Match, although it did not specify when the service would publicly debut.
Nokia has confirmed that developers in its Launchpad project will be automatically receiving one of the 25,000 free Windows Phone 7 handsets the company has promised to coders in recent weeks, following up on the original free phone offer back in February. Launchpad members - who also got a free E7 - join Nokia Developer Champions in receiving either a Lumia 800 or Lumia 710, as well as a rebate on Microsoft's App Hub membership fee.
It appears that the folks at WIMM Labs have decided that it's time to let the cat out of the proverbial bag with their wearable 1.4-inch color touchscreen Android device, here in the form of a developer preview device for a mere $299. We've gotten our hands on a WIMM earlier this year and just yesterday posted a review of a similar device that'll certainly go into near-direct competition with the WIMM in the near future: the Motorola MOTOACTV. Is this WIMM's response to a Motorola's release of the next watch-based Android?
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich includes native support for smartphones and tablets with a digital stylus Google has confirmed, including pressure recognition, hover tracking and nib-tilt, with differentiation between pen and finger use. A specific stylus API, spotted by Reddit among the Android 4.0 highlights, can differentiate between a stylus, finger, mouse and eraser, as well as support pens with up to three buttons. Previously, devices like the HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Note required custom pen-control systems be created to handle their digital styli.
Between the months of November and January Apple will be re-birthing their Tech Talk World Tour with an iOS 5 focus, tutorials, talks, and more set to fill the global events. There's a brand new page up at Apple showing off that there will be limited space at each event and that all iOS Developer Program members are more than welcome to attend. Limited space means that Apple will be giving priority entry to those developers who have n app currently available at the iTunes iOS App Store. The first location will be Berlin and will take place on November 2nd, 2011, and the last will be right down at the lower end of the United States in Austin, Texas, on January 23rd, 2012.
RIM's BBX may be in the pipeline, but it's the Developer Beta of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 that's here today. Announced at BlackBerry DevCon 2011 this morning, the new OS 2.0 includes the BlackBerry Plug-In for Android Development Tools, which allows coders to use the existing Eclipse Android development environment to make software that will also run on the PlayBook. There's also RIM's Runtime for Android Apps which now has an online tool to convert your Android apps into a PlayBook-friendly package.
It's the biggest Google developer event of the year, Google IO, and it feels like we were just there, but next year's dates have been announced already! The 2012 Google IO event will be taking place on April 24th through the 25th and will be housed at the fabulous Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Heat! Bring your Easter baskets and put those Android bunny ears on because by that time, it'll be a whole different game on the mobile operating system front for the big G. Add that date to your calendar folks, we'll be there without a doubt!