HTC Corporation officially launched its new HTCDev web portal, touting a series of tools and resources for Android programmers. The HTCDev site includes the manufacturer's OpenSense SDK, which grants developers access to its Sense user interface--the SDK touts APIs for Common Controls (UI widgets and components enabling developers to add the Sense UI look and feel to their applications) Stereoscopic 3D (documentation and sample code illustrating how to program 3D display modes) and Tablet Pen (a framework for drawing and painting applications). HTC adds it will continue to flesh out the OpenSense SDK in the months ahead.
The HTCDev portal also features kernel source code, binaries and materials for the company's devices. A Bootloader Unlock is "coming soon"--HTC recommends that users check back often for updates. The HTCDev site is here.
In related HTC news, the device maker last week acquired mobile applications and web services firm Dashwire. Financial details were not disclosed, although The Wall Street Journal reports the deal is valued as high as $18.5 million. Dashwire's Dashworks platform allows consumers to set up and personalize their smartphones to enable access to data, documents and photos across multiple screens and services. HTC said it will leverage Dashwire's cloud sync and device setup solutions to extend its HTCSense.com cloud services portfolio, introduced last year. An HTC spokesperson adds the acquisition also will support the rollout of mobile instant messaging services across Android devices. Dashwire will continue as a wholly owned HTC subsidiary.
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