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HTC Releases Beats Audio and Lockscreen APIs for Developers

When HTC released their first set of Beats Audio-enabled devices last year, the fact that the “enhancements” were limited to the native music app were a bit of a disappointment. We wanted Beats in Google Music, PowerAMP, and every other major music application for Android. Unfortunately that just wasn’t the case. As of today though, HTC has given developers access to their Beats API, which means that going forward, this new audio experience can be built into all sorts of apps. Who knows if Google will jump on it as the #1 music app, but one can hope.

Along with the Beats API, HTC released their Lockscreen API, giving devs the opportunity to work their apps into another area of Sense. HTC’s lockscreen tweaks are one of the bright spots of Sense UI, so you have to be excited about this move, as more and more of your favorite apps will be worked in.

They also gave developers access to their mobile device management API and have plans to bring access to their MediaLink HD API. Dev friendly.

Via:  HTC

  • TC Infantino

    Alright HTC.  Doing the right thing by your customers!  Here’s to hoping that HTC gets the next Nexus…and of course that it comes to Verizon.

  • QtDL

    Pretty cool. Reading stuff like this makes me like HTC more and more. Hopefully the devs out there will be able to come up with some cool apps with it. 

  • Jer85008

    Great news, can’t wait for beats enhancement in Pandora. HTC sure seems to have righted the ship, they owned MWC this year and keep working to be the most open manufacturer of Android handsets.

    • TheRealBeesley

      I doubt it will work on pandora.  Even on the HTC Rezound which comes with Beats, Beats Audio ONLY works for files played with the HTC music app.  It does NOT work for anything else.  Sorry  🙁  

      • Stephen Morrison

        I’m  sure this will be corrected one way or another.

      • TC Infantino

        This is one of the things that we are hoping that the Dev’s can fix, now that the Beats api has been released.

  • Hopefully someone will be able to use this to integrate beats into other music apps that can do streaming. I don’t want to have to put my music onto my phone to hear it with beats enhancements.

  • BrianWenger

    Here’s to hoping this will make Google release their Music API so devs can make a good player with cloud streaming and gapless playback.

  • Jirizarry723

    Loaded on my nexus no problem running bamf 4.0.3 with 4.0.4 radios no issues works better than my eq app

  • RezCommando

    Awesome. HTC’s lockscreen is the best. The only thing I don’t like about it is the image of the lockring.

    Owned HTC, Moto and Samsung. HTC is #1

  • nwd1911

    Always been an HTC fan, but as an Android fan I love this even more.  Your move Motorola.

  • KevinC

    Google will never modify their music app to use a proprietary API for open source code.

    • google music isnt open sourced to begin with. the whole app is proprietary.

  • Dirk Diggler

    Other company’s should take notes *cough Motorola cough*. Great job HTC, 2012 is the year for HTC.

  • John Kimble

    HTC is clearly the best company for Android. Great job HTC, hopefully you make another HTC Nexus. The company that started it all!

    • Travisjshepherd

      maybe they can call it the nexus 2 hahaha!

  • sc0rch3d

    this makes Sense, but it Beats the heck outta me why it took so long

    • Nice………

    • John

      you gonna try saying the ‘makes sense’ joke on every HTC related post?

      • nwd1911

        Good eye

      • sc0rch3d

        sounds like someone needs to step away for a trip to the John

  • Travisjshepherd

    HTC seems to be the epitome of “openness.” Unlocking pretty much ALL their phones & now giving out api’s from a collab with DRE, man I like them. 

    • majorhunadadun

      ‘Epitome of openess’ Love it! I was debating this with a Nexus owner the other day. With any HTC phone, I can load stock Android, newer versions of Sense, Wiz, Blur…. Whatev! I just so happen to be stock and rooted Gingerbread for now. I love Sense, HTC! I’ll be sticking with them for the long term!

      • Props to you HTC owners.
        And I’m not hatin’…But happy about this.
        Hopefully this integration gets ported to the Galaxy Nexus.
        I own Beats headphones that work perfectly…Aside from the in-cable controls do nothing.
        That’d be nice.
        (Oh, and yes…haters…I paid too much. But I do like them quite a bit. I have Klipsh S4’s as well (older) and I like the beats better).

        • majorhunadadun

          I hope to get some of that Chrome browser goodness you’ve been enjoying! Haha!

        • TheRealBeesley

          Weird.. I have the Dre i-Beats and the cord controls work just fine.  Which rom are you running?