Microsoft Releases Band SDK Preview for iOS
A month after releasing software development kits for Windows Phone and Android, Microsoft lets iOS developers take a crack at its wearable.Microsoft has reached a major milestone in its bid to gather support for the company's health and fitness tracking wearable, the Band. The company has released the Band SDK (software development kit) preview and sample code for iOS, Apple's mobile operating system, a month after releasing versions for Android and Windows Phone. The SDK includes app personalization features and provides third-party developers with access to the Band's many sensors, including a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS. The SDK for iOS, along with some sample code, is available at the Microsoft Health for Developers Website. An early supporter of Microsoft's efforts to drum up third-party support for its wearable is Xamarin, a provider of cross-platform mobile development tools and cloud-based testing services. Xamarin developers build their apps in the mobile-friendly C# programming language, and then are able to distribute those apps to iOS, Android and Windows devices while maintaining the same code base. In October, the company joined with IBM to help Xamarin developers build multi-device apps for the enterprise.
"The iOS preview joins their preview support for Android and Windows Phone, and we're delighted to announce that within 24 hours of release, we've made these SDKs available to Xamarin developers on iOS and Android, too," Matthew Leibowitz, a developer for Xamarin, wrote in a company blog. For those wading into wearable app development, there's more to the Microsoft Band than its sensor-laden, fitness-centric feature set, he teased.