An Apple Watch ‘Glance’ is a Today Extension for Your Watch

The Apple Watch isn’t out yet—not until April, 2015, Tim Cook says. But your company should be planning and designing for it already.

Apple has released a beta version of the developer’s SDK (software development kit) for it, as well as UX HIG (human interface guidelines) for it, and your architect and UX designer should be abreast of them.

The Apple Watch introduces several new terms which will become part of your vocabulary, such as Glances, Short Look Notifications, Long Look Notifications, Apple Watch app, and Apple Watch Extension. Each one of these new Apple Watch interfaces varies in the amount of customizability it offers to your company when creating an Apple Watch experience.

What are all these new terms, and what’s a good way of thinking about them that won’t overtax our already full brains?  Continue reading

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Nokia X Services SDK

Yesterday, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia announced the Nokia X, a line of Android (AOSP)-based smartphones that use Microsoft services instead of Google Play services.

Nokia Developer now has an SDK available for those who want to integrate with those services on Nokia X-compatible apps.

It installs a Nokia X virtual device, so even if you’re not developing for the Nokia X now, you can get a feel for what Android connecting to Microsoft services feels like.

I just tried it out and, oddly, it doesn’t use Bing for search, but rather uses Google. The contacts & calendar apps and “Add Account” in the Settings app, however, do ask for Exchange credentials. (I just did some more research and it looks like this virtual device is just for testing your services–it doesn’t look like the UI on the actual Nokia X phone, and doesn’t include all the bundled apps such as Bing and Outlook.)

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