Jessica Thornsby

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

Jessica's Posts

Build your own Action for Google Assistant

Google has an entire platform dedicated to helping you extend the functionality of the Google Assistant. Here's how to build your own Google Assistant Actions!
by Jessica ThornsbyJune 22, 2018

Scheduling background tasks with Jetpack’s WorkManager

Android has a new way to handle background tasks!
by Jessica ThornsbyJune 14, 2018

Exploring Android P’s slices: Creating interactive and dynamic slices

Once you’ve found your audience, you need to hang onto them! Keep users engaged with your app, by mastering Android P's new slices feature, announced at Google I/O 2018 as part of ...
by Jessica ThornsbyJune 13, 2018

Simplify asynchronous programming with Kotlin’s coroutines

Perform long-running tasks on any thread, including Android’s main UI thread, without causing your app to freeze or crash, by replacing thread blocking with suspension of a coroutine.
by Jessica ThornsbyMay 4, 2018
 
 

App development: How to make calls, send SMS, and retrieve the user’s contacts

Making calls and sending SMS are some of the most versatile features that you can add to your Android applications.
by Jessica ThornsbyApril 24, 2018

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 ThornsbyApril 13, 2018

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
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