News that may have slipped past you over the holiday season is that Intel has released an update to the Intel XDK (cross-platform development kit). Intel says it intends to "end-of-life" the original Intel XDK (originally called the appMobi XDK) by the end of February 2014.
So as there will now only be one Intel XDK going forward, those developers using the older, original Intel XDK, will need to undertake an "easy" migration.
The company has been looking at helping HTML5 reach its promise of a true cross-platform, responsive, run-anywhere language and runtime — it also wants HTML5 to be a platform that is based on standards.
New features discussed here are "technology previews" for now. So programmers will find remote debugging to develop code in the Intel XDK NEW. To do this, users will need to download it to an Android-based mobile device (connected to a development system via USB) and then test/debug an application using the Intel XDK's debugger via a new "Debug" tab.
Intel says that programmers here will be able to "easily set breakpoints in your code" — and then inspect variables and single step through your application's source code.
This function (so says Intel) "greatly improves" the pace at which you can turn around changes to your application and test them on real hardware.
This capability is only compatible with mobile devices running Android 4.x.
Intel says it is also using a new web-runtime based on the open-source Crosswalk project, which is only available on Android 4.x devices now.
… And In Other News
In other Intel news this week, Augmented Reality (AR) company Metaio says it plans to integration its 3D augmented reality tracking software with the Intel RealSense Software Development Kit (SDK).
Metaio's AR tracking technology is capable of recognizing real-world images, objects, and environments in order to "augment it" with pertinent digital or virtual information — all in real-time.
Perceptual Computing chief at Intel Mark Yahiro says that his company's vision is to make computing more immersive and enable human-like natural interactions with our devices.
"Using Intel RealSense 3D camera technology in combination with Metaio's augmented reality tools, we look forward to blurring the virtual and real worlds further than ever before. For example, children will be able to play with their favorite toys and customize their experiences with digital interactions in creative new ways," said Yahiro.