Tag: Android Developer Tools

Create a scrollable widget for your Android app

Since the early days of the OS, widgets for Android have allowed users to engage with their favourite apps, from the comfort of their homescreen. So how do you create an Android widget? For the developer, widgets give your application a valuable presence on the user’s homescreen. Instead of being tucked out of sight in […]

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Dark theme, Thermal API and Bubbles: Getting your app ready for Android Q

The latest, greatest, as-yet-unnamed version of Android introduces features and APIs that you can use to design new experiences for your users — plus a few behavioral changes that you’ll need to watch out for. Even if you’re not updating your app to target Android Q just yet, some of these changes will impact every […]

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Getting started with the Facebook for Android SDK

Many mobile apps allow the user to post content to popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. This kind of social sharing can be a great way to promote your app, and can improve the user experience by creating a connection between your application and the user’s favorite social media networks. To […]

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Exploring Android Q: Adding bubble notifications to your app

In 2018, Google added a new “chat head” feature to its iPhone application, which displayed the caller’s avatar as a floating bubble-style notification. When tapped, this bubble expanded to reveal a strip of controls that allowed the user to perform tasks directly from the notification, including putting the caller on speaker phone and hanging up. […]

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Start sharing your code: Everything you need to know about Git and GitHub

If you’ve ever explored the world of software development, then chances are you’ve heard of GitHub. This code hosting platform is one of the most popular ways for developers to host their projects and share them with others. Today, some of the best-known open source projects use GitHub, including Firebase, React Native, and TensorFlow. Google […]

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Introducing Gradle for new Android developers – The master builder

I distinctly remember what it felt like the first time I  started Android development and opened up Android Studio (well, Eclipse back then). I sat, stupefied, looking at the vast array of different windows, dialogues, and files. There’s so much to learn here, that even knowing which window you’re meant to be looking at can […]

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Unity 19.1 brings exciting new features for Android game developers

Unity 19.1 is available now and brings a lot of interesting new features that will help mobile devs to deliver better experiences for gamers on Android. Unity is the most popular IDE and game engine used by Android game developers. It provides powerful tools to make building 2D and 3D environments and complex gameplay mechanics […]

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Converting speech to text: How to create a simple dictation app

Many apps, services, and household gadgets use speech recognition to provide a better user experience and improve accessibility. There are countless Android apps that make use of speech recognition — the most notable of which is Google Assistant — so why not follow suit and add this feature to your own Android applications? Editor’s Pick […]

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