Microsoft has updated two of their Nokia Software Development Kits, the Nokia Imaging SDK, as well as the Lumia SensorCore SDK. The Imaging SDK has been updated to version 1.2, while the SensorCore SDK has come out of private beta, and into developer beta.
The Nokia Imaging SDK gives developers a set of image editing and manipulation tools. The tools are designed for performance and devices with smaller amounts of memory. This latest version of the SDK features an Animated GIF Renderer, Image Aligner APT, and Local Blending API. It shares a single code base with Windows 8.1 to make porting to Windows Phone 8.1.
Meanwhile, the Lumia SensorCore SDK has moved to public beta. SensorCore allows developers to use data from a low-powered, motion- and location-tracking processor found in some of the most recent Lumia devices, such as the Lumia 930. This data can be used in application to give users more data about their activity and fitness. Because the data is centralized on this low-power processor, apps don’t need to collect it themselves, updating with new data when they are opened. This decreases battery drain. Users will need to grant permission for apps to collect this data from the device. As reported last month, Bing Health & Fitness already uses the Lumia SensorCore SDK. Below is the video with examples of SensorCore-enabled apps that developers can build.