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. Read more
If you’re a true tech fan, you know that the future is in artificial intelligence and machine learning. You also know that AI is one of tech’s most exciting things to talk about, but possibly the most difficult to build. Read more
Back at Google I/O this year, the ability to search for a city or specific area on Google Maps and download it for offline use was demonstrated, and it now appears to be rolling out to the masses.
While many of us cringe when we hear the words Candy Crush Saga thanks to all the unsolicited invites we’ve received over the years, it seems that Activision Blizzard likes the game so much, it has decided to buy it and its developer, King Digital, spending $5.9 billion in the process. In an announcement earlier today Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick said that the move would make it “the most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment.”
If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you’ll be glad to find out that the Amazon Music app is in the process of receiving an update that will greatly enhance its usability. The update brings MicroSD card and Android Wear support as well as a number of other improvements.
New features include:
- Prime Music artist detail pages – the one stop destination in Prime Music for top songs, albums, photos, stations, and much more for your favorite artists
- Android Wear support – now you can browse the app & control playback right from your Wear device
- “New to Prime” tab in Prime Music – highlighting newest music added to the service
- New “Popular” tab in Prime Music – see charts for top songs, albums, playlists
- Lyrics support (UK only – it was already available in the US)
The update is currently rolling out via Google Play and it shouldn’t be too long until it reaches your device.
Well, that hasn’t taken long. The Huawei-made Nexus 6P (codename: Angler) only started shipping a couple of days ago, but an official build of TWRP’s customer recovery is already available for the handset.
Xiaomi first unveiled MIUI 7 back in August, and after two months of testing, the Chinese company is ready to begin rolling out a global, stable build. MIUI 7 is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, if you were wondering.
Android Developers will know what I’m talking about when I say Universal App Campaigns. Announced at this past I/O, Universal App Campaigns is officially accessible in the Google Play Developer Console. Additionally, Google is bringing a new performance report feature giving developers an overview on how their apps have been doing.
The Android Asset Studio online tool includes a Device Art Generator used for generating framed screenshots. That feature has been updated to provide frames for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices. The frames are designed to help developers quickly generate images showing how a screen will look on a device and can be used for marketing purposes. Read more
Sony has been one of the more open companies when it comes to providing resources for ROM developers who want to build for Sony devices and that trend is continuing with the release of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Sony announced they have added device configuration, software binaries and build guides to their Open Device program for AOSP Marshmallow.
According to Sony, the files and resources now available can be used to build Marshmallow based releases for all Qualcomm based Sony Xperia devices from 2014 and forward. That includes the Xperia Z5 which is being added to the program with this latest release. Developers can use these materials not only for custom ROMs, but to learn, build and test new features in Android. Sony encourages developers to contribute back to the community by submitting their work back upstream via their GitHub.