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Google’s Roboto font spells open source project

Google has put a lot of emphasis in recent times on the design of Android, particularly around Material Design. Part of the picture is the Roboto family of fonts, and Google has just announced these will now form an open source project…

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Microsoft simplifies porting Android apps to Windows 10

App deficit is the term, and it refers to the ever widening chasm of choice between apps on Microsoft’s mobile platform and those available on iOS and Android app stores.

Microsoft’s attempts to address this surfaced at MWC 2015 earlier this year, but now the Redmond giant has…

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Multi-wearables and nutrition data in Google Play services 7.3

Google has rolled out Google Play services 7.3. What’s inside? New Android Wear APIs, the addition of nutrition data to Google Fit, improvements to retrieving the user’s activity and location, and improved support for detecting whether particular APIs are available.

Google Play Services provide a dual role…

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Amazon opens up Android Lollipop Knowledge Base

One to note. Amazon has opened up an Android 5.0 Lollipop Knowledge Base, providing examples of making apps compatible with the latest version of Android, featuring the Material Design interface. Could be useful, and worth a peruse…

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Google dives deeper into App Indexing

App Indexing is Google’s way of surfacing links to apps as part of a search results page – and it claims to now have 30 billion links within apps indexed…

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