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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

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 Thornsby1 week ago

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 Thornsby2 weeks ago

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 Thornsby4 weeks ago

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

Using Android Architecture Components: Lifecycles and SQLite made easy

Get started with the Room data persistence library, and learn how to create lifecycle-aware components using the Architecture Components Lifecycles library.
by Jessica ThornsbyNovember 22, 2017

Adding new functionality with Kotlin’s extension functions

Find out how to customize Kotlin and Java classes so they provide exactly the functionality your project requires, including previously-closed classes.
by Jessica ThornsbyNovember 2, 2017

Starting Android App development with RxJava 2.0

Upgrading to the latest release of a library is usually as simple as changing the version number, but switching to RxJava isn't quite so straightforward.
by Jessica ThornsbyOctober 27, 2017

How to implement Autofill in your Android 8.0 Oreo apps

Make sure all of your app’s EditTexts are ready to receive data from Android Oreo's Autofill Framework, by implementing and testing autofill support.
by Jessica ThornsbyOctober 13, 2017

Creating an Android 8.0 Oreo app: Implementing Notification Channels

Learn how to add multiple notification channels to your Android 8.0 Oreo apps, and how to make it easier for users to customize each channel's settings.
by Jessica ThornsbySeptember 19, 2017
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