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Droidcon London 2016 opens Call for Papers

Droidcon London 2015 - Droid at the Business Design Centre

The organisers of Droidcon London – which is described as the largest Android developer conference in Europe – are calling for papers. The 2016 event runs at the Business Design Centre, in Angel, on October 27th and 28th 2016, which are a Thursday and Friday. The organisers write: We’re putting on two days of expert lead talks by the champions ...

Google promises faster building and emulation with Android Studio 2.0

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Just to record – you can now find Android Studio 2.0 on Google’s stable release channel. It’s available as an update or separate download. Android Studio is Google’s official development environment for building Android apps, including such things as code analysis tools and emulators, as well as code editors. The headline features both involve saving development time: Instant Run functionality ...

Firebase sparks Slack community

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Firebase, the realtime database and cloud services specialist, is launching its own Slack community. The idea is that it will be a place to “discuss all things Firebase”, such as app ideas and feature requests and general feedback on Firebase functionality. Slack – a “messaging app for teams” – is a cloud-based team collaboration tool that started up in 2013, ...

Android Support Library 23.2 boosts backwards compatibility

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As soon as you start building an Android app you are forced into a decision on how many devices you’re aiming to support. The more you widen the range of compatibility for your app, the more you sacrifice using the latest and greatest features of the newest versions of Android. The Android Support Library helps militate against this, however, by enabling some newer features ...

Firebase Firecasts start with Android

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Here’s one worth noting. Firebase, the cloud services and realtime database specialists, are starting a series of “Screencasts” on YouTube, aka Firecasts. The first such Firecast? Getting started with Firebase and Android. Getting started with Firebase and Android is so easy that it’s even built in to Android Studio. Building an app with Firebase is just as simple. Learn how ...

Google stabilises Android Studio v1.5

Android Studio 1-5

Ha! Just caught it. Found myself updating Android Studio (investigating using Firebase, but that’s another story) and the new version 1.5 is what I now have – Google has just updated its Android IDE (integrated development environment). What’s in the latest version from the “stable release channel”? Mainly bug-fixes for improved stability it seems, but there is also a new feature to the memory ...

Droidcon London 2015 presentations online

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Just a quick post to flag that although Droidcon London 2015 may be over, you can now view presentations online. You can see the full programme. The wide range of talks include such as: Evolution of the Android ROM Community, by Jeremy Meiss An Introduction to the Google Cloud Platform, by Robert Kubis Build your own video streaming app! by Andrew ...

Bluetooth Developer Studio targets smart wireless connectivity

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced the general availability of its Bluetooth Developer Studio. This a free development environment for developers get to grips with Bluetooth technology, aiming to cut developer learning time for Bluetooth technology and speed product development. It makes building for the IoT simple for developers, from the novice to the experienced, boasts the SIG, ...

Android Experiments highlights best practice

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This could be a useful resource. Android Experiments is a new Google initiative showcasing some of the most creative Android apps. It is, in Google’s words, “a way to celebrate the creative, experimental Android work of developers everywhere and inspire more developers to get creative with technology and code”. Developers can submit their own apps for consideration if they think they can raise ...