In case you didn’t know, Google prioritizes websites that are the most secure by putting them closer to the top of the search results. However, it has been hard for developers to check just how safe their site is. Just yesterday, Google introduced a new security panel for DevTools built directly into Chrome. This is just what developers have been waiting for.
Developers of Google Cardboard virtual reality apps will have a new tool available to help them create even more immersive environments for their users. Google Developers announced an update to the Cardboard SDK to add support for spatial audio or 3D sound. The updated SDK will be available for developers using Unity to support Android, iOS, Windows and OS X or those developing in Android itself via a Java API.
Google updated their Android distribution numbers through the beginning of January 2016 with the latest data showing the slow and steady rise of Lollipop and Marshmallow on devices. After knocking on the door in December, Lollipop climbed through the 30% mark and is now installed on 32.6 percent of devices. With only a handful of devices updated thus far, Marshmallow is still on a small number of devices, but the share grew from 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent.
Today, Google announced that Google Play Services 8.4 is now available for all the eager developers out there. Included in this version of Android’s framework for APIs is custom email app invites, user spending and churn rate prediction, and improvements to Google Maps’ API.
In recent times, most Cyanogen related news has been about which new handset will sport the alternative Android operating system, but today the Cyanogen team has announced the availability of CM13 nightlies for a selection of devices. As you might already know, CM13 is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and the term ‘nightlies’ is basically a euphemism for betas.
Google is getting ready to update Android Studio to version 2.0. One of their first steps with that update is rolling out a preview version of Android Studio 2.0 starting today. Announced at the Android Developer Summit today, Google says new features coming to Android Studio 2.0 will help “dramatically” improve workflow for developers. Two of the new features they are highlighting out of the gate include a new Instant Run feature and a new GPU Profiler.
Within the Google organization, there is a group of employees working to build sample games that demonstrate how available technologies can be used by game developers to create easy-to-build, performant, cross-platform games. This group comprises the Fun Propulsion Labs and their most recent creation, which supports Google Cardboard, has been released to the Play Store as Zooshi.
Sony has just released an experimental AOSP camera app for use with devices in Sony’s Open Device program. The camera app is aimed purely at developers, with Sony hoping that the app will allow them to create custom ROM’s with basic camera functions.
Sony has just begun pushing out an update to the camera app for its Xperia Z5 range of handsets. The updated camera app, or Camera 2.0.0 as it is called, can be found in the pre-installed ‘What’s New’ application. The update applies to the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium handsets, and includes tweaks, bugfixes, as well as some new options.
If you’re interested in getting started with Android or Java development, you’ll likely be interested in The Android Expert’s Coding Bundle. You can pay what you want for an entire bundle that goes over Java basics and essentials, as well as some courses covering Android Studio to build apps for Marshmallow.