HARMAN and Blackfire Announce Android Software Development Kit and Developer Community

    HARMAN International Industries, announced that it has released the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Harman Kardon Omni Wireless HD home audio system.

    HARMAN and Blackfire Announce Android Software Development Kit

    This SDK enables third-party developers to create groundbreaking home audio and IoT (Internet of Things) experiences for Android users with high-fidelity sound.

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    With HARMAN's SDK, developers will find it more manageable to explore, innovate and participate in the new network of connected audio and IoT experiences by accessing tools, downloads and community forums.

    The HARMAN Developer Community will leverage HARMAN's expertise and technology portfolio to contribute to the next generation of apps.

    "Building audio features into connected apps represents the next wave of user experience, and HARMAN is taking a huge leap to encourage developers to participate in this world and turn their ideas into reality," said IP Park, EVP & Chief Technology Officer of HARMAN.

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    He added, "Our new relationship with the developer community will unleash ingenious ideas simply waiting to be noticed. By being the first to bring out a mobile SDK for our innovative software-defined speakers, this is truly a win-win for HARMAN and the developer community."

    Appealing to audio software product developers, IoT developers, independent developers, and text-to-speech developers, the HARMAN Android SDK makes the process easy to download and test with an application.

    In addition to detecting, controlling and sending audio to WiFi speakers, the software can identify the status of speakers, determine the strength of the WiFi-signal, and receive events back from the speaker, such as the volume level.

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    This is all made possible through the HARMAN abstraction helper library, documentation and example applications built for the Android operating system.

    "With SDKs for iOS and now Android, HARMAN is offering revolutionary wireless products that open even more opportunities for innovation," said Kevin Hague, VP of Developer Community and Programs with HARMAN. "We are delighted to see how the developer community takes this tool and uses it to create other pioneering products."

    The HARMAN Wireless HD Audio SDK is built on and powered by BLACKFIRE RESEARCH wireless media technology under license from BLACKFIRE RESEARCH Corporation.

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    Furthering its commitment to community-led development, HARMAN recently announced a strategic partnership with Quirky, the company that makes invention accessible, to jointly develop the next generation of audio products.

    HARMAN will leverage Quirky's platform and innovation community to generate new ideas for connected products across HARMAN's family of brands including Harman Kardon, JBL and Infinity.

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