The official Android docs describe Android Jetpack as “a set of libraries, tools and architectural guidance.” This vague description has left many developers wondering what Android Jetpack really is. Taking a look at the list of Android Jetpack components just raises even more questions — there’s clearly a ton of crossover with existing Android libraries and projects. A good chunk of the components seem to be taken straight from the Support Library, such as AppCompat. So, is Android Jetpack just a rebranded Support Library? Is it a replacement? Can you use the two side by side, or should we all be migrating our apps to Jetpack?The Support Library components aren’t the only familiar features in the list of Jetpack components. All of the Architecture Components (Lifecycles, LiveData, Room and ViewModel) are now part of Jetpack, too. To add to the confusion, at Google I/O 2018 we learned future Support Library updates will be published to the … [Read more...] about Android Jetpack: What do the recent announcements mean for Android’s Support Library?
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To help aspiring Android developers get off the ground and develop our next dream app, Android Police has partnered with O'Reilly Media, one of the largest technical book publishers, to give away a multitude of Android books to our readers. Each week or so for the next few months, we'll be giving away a different Android book offered by O'Reilly, asking for nothing but a minute of your time in return. Hello, Android (3rd Edition) The second book in the list is Hello, Android (3rd edition) by Ed Burnette, released by Pragmatic Bookshelf in August 2010. Ed Burnette, who can be found at @eburnette on Twitter, is a software developer, analyst, one of ZDNet's Dev Connection bloggers, and a friend of Android Police. Hello, Android will get you started creating your first working application: Android's version of "Hello, World." From there, you'll build up a more substantial example: an Android Sudoku game. By gradually adding features to the game, you'll learn the basics of Android … [Read more...] about [Book Giveaway #2] Looking To Get Into Android Development? We’re Giving Away “Hello, Android” To A Lucky Reader
We often forget it, but I/O is first and foremost a developer conference. So while most of us might be waiting with bated breath for new consumer products and services, the bulk of I/O's benefit is directed at the developer community. And that includes announcements like the new Android Jetpack, which promises to make app development even easier for the platform. Outside of educational programming solutions like Scratch, most of us probably don't think of the phrase "mix and match" when it comes to programming. But even Google is using the term when talking about the ease of development with Jetpack. Google seems hesitant to define Jetpack as any one single thing: It's a diverse set of tools, APIs, and libraries that combine to make a developer's life easier. Previously complicated subjects like backward compatibility can now be approached via convenient libraries provided by Jetpack. New templates make development more accessible, and provided components can be individually … [Read more...] about Google announces Android Jetpack: a set of tools to make app development even easier
Google is not showing a shiny new slab of glass with electronics inside at MWC, but it does have something else: new software. Flutter is the company's latest mobile framework meant to be used to build iOS and Android applications simultaneously. New and professional developers may feel at home with the new toolkit. Speed and ease of use is everything for programmers when scouting out new tools to take advantage of. Flutter supports Android Studio and Visual Studio Code with a rich feature set out of the box. Over 1,000 packages such as SQLite, GraphQL, Facebook Connect, and many more work with Flutter already. Flutter allows for rapid prototyping, but does not contain purpose built templates that could flood app stores. For those interested in seeing a fully functional app built with Flutter, Hamilton: The Musical is a good example. Flutter can take advantage of GPU accelerated rendering and optimized native ARM code runtime and platform interop. Accessibility features, right-to-left … [Read more...] about Google launches Flutter dev toolkit for creating Android and iOS apps
Regardless of what you think about the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, there's one aspect that can be hardly argued with - TouchWiz on both is times lighter and more streamlined than its previous renditions. However, this doesn't mean that a custom ROM is not a viable option for the phone. On the contrary, a custom Android build usually promises even better performance and improved battery life, and let's be honest here, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge can totally benefit of a better battery endurance. They've been out for some time now, and naturally, the restless developers have had more than enough time to develop a custom ROM or two for both phones.Unfortunately, a problem arises. Due to the fact that the newest Samsung top-tier phones come with proprietary Exynos chipsets, developing custom ROMs is troublesome. This doesn't mean that there aren't any custom ROMs for the handsets, but the notable existing ones are merely a handful. Here's hoping this will change as soon as possible.As … [Read more...] about Best and outstanding custom Android ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge