Cellular World Congress 2016
Sometimes, cellular apps are stand-alone experiences that play properly with the working system however aren’t absolutely built-in in it. Cyanogen — the corporate greatest recognized for its Android-based mostly Cyanogen OS — is launching MOD at present, a brand new developer platform that may give app builders the power to combine their apps extra instantly into the working system.
The essential concept right here is to provide builders entry to most of the native APIs that have been beforehand solely out there to the OS builders themselves to allow them to write built-in variations of their apps or extensions for his or her present ones.
Given the potential safety implications of this, it’s no shock that Cyanogen is simply working with a small variety of builders on this for now, however the firm needs to open this platform as much as all builders in the long term.
Cyanogen tells me that it sees these ‘mods’ as “the evolution of apps” that may usher within the “publish-app period.”
What does this imply in apply? With MOD, builders will have the ability to combine their VoIP apps instantly into the Android dialer app, for instance. The staff labored with Skype on this and this can doubtless be one of many first MODs to ship with the Cyanogen OS in a single its subsequent updates.
Utilizing the Skype integration, Cyanogen OS customers will have the ability to select whether or not they need to make a name over the telephone community or over Skype proper from the dialer. So as an alternative of getting quite a few dialer apps (the native one, one for Skype, and perhaps one other one for Hangouts), you can simply have a single app.
Given Cyanogen’s shut relationship with Microsoft, it’s no shock the workforce didn’t simply take Skype but in addition Cortana and constructed a mod for it as properly. Utilizing this new platform, the workforce built-in Cortana’s voice recognition providers into the digital camera app. Because of this, now you can use your voice to take a selfie as an alternative of getting to fumble with the digital camera button. The workforce additionally took Microsoft’s Hyperlapse and built-in it instantly into the digital camera app as nicely.
Equally, Cyanogen used MOD to constructed a extra interactive lock-display expertise that permits customers to see updates from their favourite social networks with out having to log into the OS.
The platform will roll out to customers with Cyanogen units with the launch of Cyanogen OS thirteen.zero subsequent month.
As well as, the corporate can also be launching a program for its OEM and MNO companions (“MOD prepared”) who need to allow their units for the platform. Cyanogen will present these companions with a improvement package and it’ll make sure that its software program is prepared for the newest era of chipsets.
Cyanogen and Cyanogen OS are nonetheless area of interest merchandise, in fact, so it stays to be seen what number of builders will need to spend money on writing these new sorts of light-weight apps. It’s arduous sufficient for many to develop for iOS and Android, in any case. Including yet one more platform with comparatively little attain might grow to be a step too far for a lot of. That stated, although, that is undoubtedly an fascinating strategy and it’ll be fascinating to see if different OS distributors will determine to go an identical route.