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An Early Look at Zircon, Google Fuchsia New Microkernel

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Apr 15, 2018

Google has published the official book about Fuchsia, its new operating systems aimed at IoT and mobile devices. Fuchsia will be based on a new microkernel called Zircon.

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Android Studio Switched to New D8 Compiler

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Apr 09, 2018

Recently released Android Studio 3.1 switched to a new DEX compiler which promises to provide better and faster compilation, writes Google software engineer Jeffrey van Gogh.

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Android Studio 3.1 Aims to Improve App Development Productivity

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 31, 2018

The latest release of Android Studio, version 3.1, focuses on improving app development productivity and includes a new C++ performance profiler, command line support for Kotlin Lint checks, SQL code completion and improved refactoring, and more.

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Android P DP1: WiFi-RTT, Display Cutout Support, Multiple Cameras, Animated GIFs, NNAPI 1.1

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Mar 08, 2018

Google has made available the first Android P Developer Preview (DP1). Notable new features include: WiFi-RTT, cutout, multiple cameras, animated GIFs, NNAPI 1.1, and more performance for Kotlin code.

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Google’s Cross-Platform Mobile UI Framework Flutter Now in Beta

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Mar 02, 2018

Flutter, now in beta, is Google attempt to create a framework for cross-platform interfaces for both iOS and Android apps that behave and feel like native, although not standard, UIs.

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Google ARCore Hits 1.0, Runs on More Devices

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Feb 28, 2018

Following its preview announcement, Google is now releasing ARCore 1.0, which greatly extends the set of supported devices.

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Avalonia Beta 1 Brings Many Improvements over WPF

by Jonathan Allen Follow 530 Followers on  Feb 27, 2018

Avalonia describes itself as a “cross platform .NET UI framework inspired by WPF, with XAML, data binding, lookless controls and much more." Having just reached its first public beta, it is already showing some interesting improvements over the venerable WPF version of XAML.

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Dart 2 Revamped for Mobile Development

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Feb 24, 2018

The latest version of Google’s Dart programming language, sporting a strengthened type system, cleaned-up syntax, and an improved toolchain, is being touted by Google as the way to go for Mobile and Web app development, enabling a 2–3x productivity increase.

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Meltdown and Spectre: What They Are and How to Deal with Them

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Jan 05, 2018

This article discusses the latest CPU vulnerabilities – Meltdown and Spectre – and the current solutions to fix them.

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Google to Improve Security and Privacy of Google Play Apps

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 30, 2017

Android developers will have to comply with two new requirements if they want their apps to be available on Google Play in the future. Those include supporting a recent Android version and adding support for 64-bit native code. Additionally, Google will start including some security metadata to improve APK authenticity verification.

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Final Android 8.1 Oreo Brings Oreo Go for Low-Memory Devices

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Dec 07, 2017

A month after becoming available as a developer preview, Android 8.1 Oreo 8.1 has reached its final release. In addition to what InfoQ already reported, with Oreo 8.1 comes the new Android Oreo (Go edition) configuration that is specifically targeting low-memory devices.

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Android Architecture Components 1.0: Lifecycle, LiveData, ViewModel and Room

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Nov 09, 2017

Google has made available Android Architecture Components 1.0, a collection of libraries to design “robust, testable, and maintainable apps.” The current components are Lifecycle, LiveData, ViewModel and Room with others on the way.

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Kotlin Use for Android Apps is Growing, Getting More Google Support

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 04, 2017

In the six months since Google announced official support for Kotlin as a first-class language for Android development, Kotlin usage has more than doubled, writes Google product manager James Lau, and more than 17% of Android Studio 3.0 projects now use Kotlin.

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Android Studio 3.0 and Oreo 8.1

by Abel Avram Follow 7 Followers on  Oct 30, 2017

Google has released the stable version of Android Studio 3.0 and a Developer Preview of Android Oreo 8.1.

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Google Releases Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1

by Sergio De Simone Follow 12 Followers on  Oct 14, 2017

A few months after its introduction at Google I/O 2017, the Android Instant Apps SDK reaches version 1.1, bringing configuration APKs for binary size optimization and a new API to keep user context when transitioning to an installed app from an instant app.

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