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The latest Android news, developments, comments and apps involving Google's embedded mobile platform that now features in smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, cameras, watches and some other rather unexpected places. Covering the full Android range, from automotive news and Bluetooth Smart to video and wearable technology, via Intel, mobile payments, NFC, Samsung and Sony...

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Getting a taste for implementing Lollipop’s Material Design

We all know Android 5.0 “Lollipop” has been released and individual apps are already reflecting its Material Design theme, so this is just to flag some example coding techniques to implement such features…

If you want your own apps to reflect Material Design principles checkout out 20 officially Google…

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Android Studio finally leaves Beta

UPDATE: If you are an existing user of Android Studio you may want to hang fire on the upgrade – there are a number of known issues regarding the update (I’ve fixed the SDK Manager one and am now struggling with the Gradle one…)

I’ve been unavoidably out of…

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Google Play Services 6.5 sees turn by turn navigation

I try and keep track of new Google Play Services releases, and here comes 6.5….

Think of them as the core Google functionality made available across a variety of different Android versions. Addressing the problem of perceived fragmentation they now play a central role in Android updates (with this…

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Google guide for best practices in publishing on Google Play

Just published on Google Play is a guide to maximising your chances when putting your app on the market. In Google’s words ” a detailed playbook on the best practices and tools you can use to maximize the reach, retention, and revenue of your new app.”.

It’s full title…

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Andy Rubin says goodbye to Google

Have to quickly mark this one. It was announced over the weekend that Andy Rubin – the ‘father of Android’ – has left Google for startup pastures new.
“I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” said Google chief executive Larry Page in the official statement. “With Android…

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