November 5, 2014

Wikitude SDK running on Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS8

While the new Nexus 9 tablets are finding their way to the first customers, we’ve been updating the Wikitude SDK 4 to accommodate Android 5.0. We’ve been testing and working with the new Android version here in the office from the very first day when Google released the developer preview of Android L. We were extremely happy that our augmented reality SDK was compatible with Android L nearly from the start without any major modifications – up until Google released the latest developer preview two weeks ago, where we saw that the OS had been altered quite a bit. Two weeks later we are now releasing the Wikitude SDK 4.0.3 for Android, delivering solid support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. You can download the updated version immediately from our download page.

Starting to say Good-bye Gingerbread

Together with the support for Android 5.0 we are also announcing that we will deprecate support for Android 2.3 in the upcoming months. Android 2.3 now is running on less than 10% of the devices according to Android dashboard (Nov 2014). Our own stats show an even lower level of devices running Android 2.3 which has been announced nearly 4 years ago. For the Wikitude SDK this means that new features are primarily developed and tested for Android 4.0+ for the coming months. However, the Wikitude SDK will still run on Android 2.3. Once we officially deprecate support for Android 2.3 sometime in 2015, you’ll no longer be able to build apps for anything lower Android 4.0. Again, this is just the announcement that we will deprecate support for Android 2.3 in 2015.

iOS 8 covered

As announced a while ago here on our blog the Wikitude SDK for iOS recently received an update, bringing iOS 8 compatibility to Wikitude. Together with the updated library, our team worked on an entirely revamped Sample application based on iOS 8. Version 4.0.2 of the Wikitude SDK for iOS is available on our download page.

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