Issue #106

June 15th, 2014

Articles & Tutorials

Android Tips Round-Up (

Android Tips Round-Up is a five part series by Dan Lew is a five part series that gives you nice tips about Android development. Lots of time savers in there.

Android Bluetooth Support: Overview (

This post summarizes a two month long journey in the depths of Android’s Bluetooth Stack. It wasn’t nice.

Bright, but not bright enough (

Alex Fu was recently working on an Android app that contained a variety of solid colors, all ranging from dark to light. During the development, he was finding myself repeating a very specific task over and over again… so he shared this code for calculating it automatically.

Top 5 Android libraries every Android developer should know about (

There are quite a few open source libraries that Dario Penic uses on a daily basis. Here is a selection of five of his favorite ones and a list of links where you can find others.

Effects of Android Application Termination (

Between process management of the system at large and user behavior, there are a handful of methods through which your Android application process may terminate.

NXP Releases Free Android Dev Kit for MiFare & NTAG (

There's a lot of buzz surrounding the possibility of using NFC-enabled smartphones to replace transit smartcards. The introduction of Host Card Emulation for Android (standard on OS 4.4 KitKat) is starting to fuel the development of many applications that could be used for mobile payments, access control, and smartcard emulation.

Groovy on Android (

Cédric Champeau is working on bringing the Groovy language to Android and is making great progress.

Wait for it...a deep dive into Espresso's Idling Resources (

One of the challenges developers have to face when writing UI tests is waiting for asynchronous computations or I/O operations to be completed. This post describes how that problem can be solved using the Espresso testing framework and a few gotchas the author learned.

Dagger: dependency injection on Android (Part 2) (

In this second part in a series, Antonio Leiva dives into some simple examples of using Dependency Injection in an Android app.

Theming ActionBar and the SearchView within it (

An in-depth article on providing the appropriate theme values for the default SearchView.

link image   Android Version Distribution (

Here's a look at the Android version distributions over the years, with some analysis of how version usage changes over time.

link image   App UI / UX – Part 4 (

Previously in this series Mark Allison looked at improving the UI of an app to display temperature and humidity obtained from a TI SensorTag device, but in this article he turns his attention to the UX.



link image   Mobile App Testing on Real Devices with Testdroid (

Testdroid is a family of development and testing products for Android and iOS apps and games. With the help of 300+ real devices and test automation at Testdroid Cloud, you can easily test mobile apps, pinpoint bugs and errors, and get detailed logs and screenshots in a matter of minutes.



Android Developers @ Mirego (Montreal & Quebec City)

At Mirego, we create world-class mobile solutions to help industries reinvent themselves using technology. We seek passionate and authentic Android Developers who will enjoy building outstanding user experiences and products with us. Catered lunches and beer o'clock included ;)

Sr. Software Engineer (Android/ 74-030414A) (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Control4 Corporation, a worldwide leader in home automation, has an immediate need for a Senior Software Engineer specializing in Android to work to produce quality consumer mobile and tablet applications, design and develop new functionality and robust foundation code to be used by multiple teams.

Android/Mobile Developer (Boston, MA)

We’re looking for experienced Android developers to help build and evolve our Android apps. iOS experience is a plus. The job requires experience using networking protocols to send and receive data from a backend server, programming in motion and location sensor APIs.


Libraries & Code

link image   Progress Pie View (

Android library for showing progress in a highly customizable pie chart.

Emojicon (

Emojicon is an Android library to implement a TextView that supports emoji.

Goro 2.0 (

Goro is an Android library for organizing your asynchronous tasks in queues.

Parallax Pager Library (

A PageTransformer for ViewPager that provides a parallax effect.



link image   June Android Platform Distribution Numbers Released (

Last month's Android platform distribution numbers showed a continuing steady rise of Android 4.4 in handsets worldwide, but this month's numbers mark a major jump - KitKat is up to 13.6% of all devices.



Navigation Editor - Android Tools Project Site (

The Navigation Editor is an early prototype of a tool Google plans to release next year for graphically creating and viewing the structure and layout of an Android application. They have released this early version so as to be able to incorporate as much feedback as possible into its feature set and design.

Android Studio 0.6.1 Released (

A new version of Android Studio has been released with numerous improviements, including: a revamped New Project wizard, several new lint checks and lots of bug fixes.



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