In another step toward becoming one of the most dev-friendly Android manufacturers, HTC today launched HTCdev.com, a website "dedicated to providing you with the tools, advice, and community you need to pursue the possibilities."

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The vast majority of the site's content has to do with the OpenSense SDK, which should be launching... sometime in the future (though you can sign up for emails about it now). HTC doesn't go into details about what it does, stating only that it will allow developers to write applications better integrated into Sense UI. Specifically, HTC notes that devs will be able to access a "Tablet pen API" for the Flyer/View 4G as well as a "Stereoscopic 3D display API" for the EVO 3D. The company also tweeted out that OpenSense will provide sample code and plug-ins as well as APIs specific to Sense.

What's more, HTC also launched the HTCpro service, which encompasses everything from mobility consulting and management services to training and app development. For example, if you're the CEO of a business and you want a mobile app, HTCpro employees can help you build a program through what appears to be a series of one-on-one sessions. If you work in the education field, HTCpro offers comparable training, and if you're a private developer, it's a similar story. There's an interesting twist, however: HTCpro.com claims that HTC will work with you regardless of what platform you're developing for - even if it's iOS, BlackBerry OS, or Symbian.

HTCdev.com also promises that HTC will deliver "tools, tutorials, blogs, and events" for developers in the future. Intriguing to say the least - and a huge leap forward for a company that just a few weeks ago was doing everything in its power to keep devs off its devices.

Sources: HTCdev.com, HTCpro.com via HTC (Twitter)

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Aaron

    Thanks for making fragmentation worse, HTC.

    I don't care about bootloaders when this company is actively making Android worse with these divisive practices.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      I disagree - without HTCdev, it might be considerably more difficult (or maybe even impossible) to build apps that work well with the Flyer's stylus or integrate well with the EVO 3D's stereoscopic display. Plus, this could lead to a much greater quality and quantity of apps in the Market since HTCpro will enable non-developers to get custom applications published.

    • Ken

      I also disagree.

      To the extent there's fragmentation here, it's Google's fault more than anyone's. If Android's trunk development weren't opaque and read-only (not to mention closed source at the moment), HTC could send a stylus API upstream. What are they supposed to do, not let you develop for the stylus?

      It's Google's fault for not taking contributions from the community.

    • Chris

      I'm gonna have to disagree also. This is whats great about Android. You make the phone yours. I personnaly HATE stock android. Its extreamly ugly. Sense makes MY android experience excellent.

  • Bacoon_Hat

    Fragmentation is only an issue to people who don't root. You can always have the latest stock build on most HTC phones thanks to the rooting community. The downside is that its all you get, the camera doesn't work or the gps is gone till the next root build restores those capabilities. Those usually come out WAAAY faster than the "official HTC" builds anyways. Google not requiring hardware requirements for the latest Android OS or telling HTC not to use custom code due to "openness" is their fault for fragmentation.

    Now if you actually care about content taking 100% advantage of your phones hardware then this will provide quality apps. When I got my EVO I though I can give my iPod Touch to my gf, too bad the gaming apps are a shadow to iOS.

  • Tijl

    Let's hope their 3D API will be compatible with that of LG.

    Or we can watch the industry shoot itself in the foot in slow motion, I guess that'd be fun too.

  • http://About.me/DarknesSx DarknesSx

    Simply, AWESOME!!! i guess i'm deleting all plans of getting the next Nexus and get the next Sense phone instead :D