Unfortunately it seems that no corner of the internet can continue unaffected by coronavirus: even Android development. On March 3rd, Google announced that it would be cancelling Google I/O’s in-person events, switching instead to an online-only format. This is when the company normally announces the biggest new developments for the Android platform and many of its major apps. Not long after, the tech giant gave in and completely closed down the conference.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. The techies at Google have been busy-little-bees lately. Not only have they continued working away at Android 11, but they’ve also given us a newer version of Android Studio and a new set of tools for embedded development. You can get the full scoop below.
Features and news from Android Authority
- Android 11 Developer Preview (Updated for DP2): What developers need to know – This post has been updated to reflect the changes to the Android 11 Developer Preview
- Google I/O in-person events canceled – Android Authority’s coverage of the Google I/O cancellation.
- Google I/O 2020 has been completely cancelled – And then this happened.
- New features for developers in Android Studio 3.6 – Get to know the latest public build of Android Studio!
- Best work from home apps, gadgets, and tools – If you’re a developer and you’re being forced to work from home against your will, this guide will help you get to grips with the best tools and apps.
- Stuck at home? Top 9 freelance sites for finding paid work online – A useful resource for anyone looking for online clients. That includes developers!
News and updates from Android Developer’s blog
- Android 11: Developer Preview 2 – Google drops the second developer preview for Android 11. Notable features include a 5G state API, and a way to detect the precise hinge angle on foldable devices.
- Run ARM apps on the Android Emulator – Google’s new Android 11 system images come with a cool feature: they can run ARM binaries with significantly boosted performance. This should lead to more rapid testing (and therefore development) for those applications relying on ARM libraries.
- Google for Games Developer Summit March 2020 – Though GDC was cancelled, Google was still about to share what it had to say through the blog. The presentation includes numerous useful announcements for game developers, including support from CRYENGINE, and a useful Visual Studio extension for cross-platform development.
- Unveiling expert insights in our new podcast series: Apps, Games, & Insights – Google has launched a new podcast series that will share discussion from industry experts surrounding mobile apps, games, and the mobile industry.
Android developer news and resources from around the web
- Pigweed: A collection of embedded libraries – That title pretty much says it all. Pigweed is a selection of libraries aimed at IoT and embedded applications. It’s free and open source, and should make life easier for devs.
- Development news: CRYENGINE is adding a full mobile pipeline – Crytek discusses the new mobile pipeline that will provide Android Support.