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Jessica Thornsby

Jessica Thornsby is a part-time contributor to Android Authority with a specialization in dev-related content.

Jessica's Posts

Google Flutter – what is it, and how to use it for cross-platform app creation

In this guide we'll talk about Google Flutter and show you how to build a cross platform 'Hello World' app.
by Jessica Thornsby2 weeks ago

Create a GPS tracking application with Firebase Realtime Database

Build an Android app that monitors a smartphone's location so you can view its exact coordinates.
by Jessica ThornsbyMarch 22, 2018

Implementing Android Nougat and Oreo’s static, dynamic and pinned shortcuts

With the release of Oreo and Nougat, you can now use dynamic, static, and pinned shortcuts to create entirely different entry points for different tasks.
by Jessica ThornsbyMarch 20, 2018

Transferring user data to a new device with Smart Lock, Google Sign-In, and Auto Backup

Getting a new Android device is exciting, but it’s also a risky time for application developers, as it’s easy to lose your audience. To avoid user loss your app should automatically ...
by Jessica ThornsbyMarch 8, 2018
 
 

Kotlin vs Java: key differences between Android’s officially-supported languages

The Kotlin vs Java debate is a new one, with each language having their own merits But what exactly makes them stand apart? That's what we aim to explore.
by Jessica ThornsbyFebruary 28, 2018

Create richer location-aware Android apps with the Google Places API

Google Play Service’s Location APIs give you an easy way of displaying the user’s current location, but there’s only so much value you can get out of a ‘You Are Here’-style marker on a ...
by Jessica ThornsbyFebruary 12, 2018

Android Go: Getting your app ready for Google’s new, slimline OS

Make sure everyone has the same great experience with your app, regardless of whether they’ve splashed out on the latest, high-end smartphone, or they own a more budget-friendly, ...
by Jessica ThornsbyFebruary 5, 2018

Boost your app downloads by shrinking your app size

A recent study by a Google analyst has shown that for every 6 MB increase in the size of your APK, you can expect to see a 1% decrease in the number of people downloading your app.
by Jessica ThornsbyJanuary 25, 2018

Responding to user activity with the Activity Recognition API

Build an application that can detect whether the user is running, walking, cycling, travelling in a car, standing still, or performing a range of other physical activities, with this ...
by Jessica ThornsbyJanuary 12, 2018

Using Street View and Geocoding in your Android app

The Google Maps API isn’t limited to sticking a pin in a map! We look at how to implement multiple map styles and perform reverse geocoding in your apps.
by Jessica ThornsbyDecember 18, 2017
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