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Good news, Android developers, the full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean SDK can be downloaded now from your SDK Manager – a preview Jelly Bean SDK version has been available... since Google I/O. The company made the announcement a few hours ago on its Google+ page and now you can take advantage of the full SDK to create Jelly Bean apps, update your existing apps to support Googl...

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A lot of work goes into making an app. First, you have to come up with an idea. And not just any idea, your idea should be unique and fun if you want to make it big. Then,... you have to put days, weeks, and months of work into development. Unless, of course, you were thinking about paying someone else to do it. In this case, your wallet would be feeling the pain instead of...

One of the ingredients in the Android Fragmentation soup is the extra UIs that companies like Samsung and HTC add on top of the standard Android interface. These extras help differentiate one... company’s phone over another. The problem is that for app developers to make use of these extras they need access to a software development kit which exposes the relevant APIs.

HTC’...

Android-Jelly-Bean

A little while ago I posed the question: Is Android 5.0 Jelly Bean too much, too soon? The reaction from the net was lively, with most people falling into one of two camps. First, those who want the... latest and best, and they want it now! And those who say that, as long as the phone works, most people don’t care about the version of Android on their device. Well, now the app developers have s...

android-fragmentation

Lately, there have been a spurt of reports and surveys detailing the concern the developer community has about Android fragmentation. But is Android fragmentation... as big of a problem as it’s made out to be? Let’s take a look.

Fragmentation Basics

When we talk about fragmentation, we’re essentially looking at two types – Hardware fragme...

Android Bootcamp

Are you a developer just starting out, and, for some reason, you haven’t yet grasped what Android development is really all about? If you fit the description and you are reluctant to pay big... bucks for tutorials, conferences, or lessons from God knows what  “guru” developers, Marakana now has the perfect solution for you.

If you aren’t familiar with Marakana, it’s a priva...

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A new study by a group of researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the North Carolina State University has discovered that more than half of the ad libraries used by Android developers... pose security risks and raise privacy concerns because of  the questionable types of data they collect.

The team studied 100,000 apps from Google Play and identified 100 different 3rd party in-app ad...

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Android developers of the world can rejoice on the good news that Google has finally increased the maximum file size of apps on the Android Market. The app size was previously pegged at 50MB,... but now, it’s been significantly upped to a total of 4GB. While the APK itself is still limited to 50MB, developers can now attach two expansion files to it, each with a maximum size of 2GB.

H...

android-ui-4

About a month ago, there was a post from a former Google intern who worked on Android, where he tried to give his opinion on how the UI works on Android and how it works on iOS. His post became... viral because it seemed like a pretty elaborate technical post, and for non-developers especially it seemed like what he’s saying made sense. The intern also said that because the way (he thinks) t...

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Android has had a very tough uphill battle with Apple over developers. This has been because of 2 reasons. One reason is that Apple had the headstart in both iPhone units and customer base,... but also in the ecosystem. This made it so most new mobile developers would be naturally inclined to go with the iPhone ecosystem first. The more developers there were working for the iOS platform an...