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Posts Tagged ‘Android’

Android 2013: A Year in Review and 2014 Predictions

January 29, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , , , ,  |  Comments Off

It was another strong and, may I say, dominant year for the Android platform. It continued to dominate in market share and climb in numbers. Countless devices were released featuring the popular, mobile operating system and not all of those devices were smartphones or tablets. Android is making headway in new territories. 2013 was a busy year for the green robot. Now that the year has come to a close, it’s time to recap the action.Market ShareAndroid’s market share in 2013 was impressive. Google reported that there’d been over 900,000 activations and IDC (International Data Corporation) data showed that ...

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Android First… Even When It’s Second

January 24, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , , , ,  |  Comments Off

Designing for the Android platform isn’t easy, especially if you’re used to designing for iOS. Is porting your iOS designs to Android a viable option? It’s not, and I will tell you why.The BackstoryChances are, you got into mobile design so you could make iOS applications. Sooner or later though, you’ll find yourself being asked to port an iOS application to Android. Your boss tells you Android has something like 98% of the mobile market—okay, it’s about 60%—and it must be supported. “Think of all the people that cannot use our application!” he says. You ponder leaping off the balcony,...

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Android 4.4 KitKat: What’s New

January 6, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

Google released its latest version of Android on October 31, 2013. The new release, version 4.4, is nicknamed KitKat. The release came as a surprise to many as Key Lime Pie and 5.0 had been linked to this update for quite some time. KitKat, however, doesn’t disappoint as it’s packed with features and updates. In this article, I’ll give you an overview overview of what’s new in KitKat.Visual ChangesBefore discussing the visual changes introduced in KitKat, it is good to know that not all visual changes are present on every KitKat-compatible device. The Nexus 5, Google’s flagship smartphone that was...

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Android SDK: Detecting Gestures

January 3, 2014  |  iPhone  |  , ,  |  Comments Off

The Android SDK supports a variety of gestures you can detect, allowing you to tailor the ways in which users interact with your applications. In this tutorial, we will look at the framework that allows developers to add gesture detection to a simple application, working through the process of supporting the fling gesture and outlining how to support other gestures. Once you’ve completed the development for a basic fling function, you’ll be able to add additional gestures to the application yourself.1. Create a New ApplicationStep 1To demonstrate gesture detection in Android, we will build a simple application to display messages...

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Android SDK: Quiz

December 27, 2013  |  iPhone  |  ,  |  Comments Off

In thе Android frοm Scratch series, wе learned thе basic concepts οf Android thаt уου need tο know аbουt іn peacefulness tο ѕtаrt mаkіng applications fοr thе platform. Along thе way, wе covered various aspects οf Android development, including Java development, using XML, user interface design, project structure, data storage, аnd thе publication process. Find out hοw much уου’ve managed tο retain аbουt whаt wе covered іn thе series bу taking a quiz.