Issue #153

May 17th, 2015

Articles & Tutorials

link image   Google Play Services: Using the Places API (

In this tutorial, you will learn how to present your users with the Place Picker component, use the Places API to guess the user's current place, search for a place by its ID, and allow the user to type into a text field to present them with predictive results.

Boosting the performance for Gradle in your Android projects (

There are a number of improvements you can do to speed things up in your Gradle build. Some of these are still experimental and could be unsafe, but it is probably worth a try in case you’re suffering from long build times.

link image   The bumpy road of BLE on Android (

Slides from Hugo Visser's talk at the Android Developer Days in Ankara.

Layout-based Watch Faces for Android Wear (

If you’d like to use a standard Android layout for your watch face, then this post shows you how.

The Ins and Outs of Gradle (

This article gets you up and running with Android's new build system, from the basics of what Gradle is and what it does, to an in-depth look at some of the most important Gradle files, to learning how to execute and monitor Gradle tasks.

Hardware-accelerated disk encryption in Android 5.1 (

This post looks into the implementation of hardware-backed disk encryption on the Nexus 6, show how it improves performance, and finally describe some of the problems of the current implementation.

Manual Layout Transitions – Part 1 (

In this series of articles Mark Allison starts to look at how we can implement some nice transition animations even when we don’t have access to the transitions APIs.

RxPresso (

RxPresso is the result of an effort to build a framework that would let developers achieve the simplicity of unit test syntax in presentation layer tests. It’s a simple way to mock data while testing and synchronise Espresso view actions with Rx pipelines.

Frame Animations in Android (

Animations add vivacity and personality to your apps. Let’s take a look at how to implement a subcategory of animations called “Frame Animations,” meaning that they’re drawn frame by frame.

Automating Android Screenshots (

An article about how to automatically take screenshots (by writing ui tests and a Gradle build script) and publish them to play store

link image   Survey: Which tools do you use? (

The Developer Economics research program tracks developer sentiment across platforms, revenues, apps, tools, APIs, segments and regions. This is the most ambitious developer survey to date, spanning across mobile, IoT, desktop and Cloud. The key insights from the survey will be given back to the community as a free download in late July.



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link image   The Android Clock App Clinic (

Cyril Mottier takes a deep dive into the Android Clock app's UI and analyses small issues that add up on an otherwise polished app.



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Libraries & Code

Bookends (

A UI widget that allows for headers and footers on lists backed by RecyclerView, for Android

Remember (

An in-memory data store backed by shared preferences, for Android.

Anko (

Anko is a library which makes Android application development faster and easier. It makes your code clean and easy to read, and lets you forget about rough edges of Android SDK for Java.



link image   Rich Android Notifications (

Paul details the notifications, pages and actions that show up on Android Wear and explains from a technical perspective how to customize and take them to the next level.



AnDevCon, July 29-31, Boston (

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