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Google Is Working On A High Performance, Java-Free App Framework For Android Based On Dart

Most of the standard (non-game) Android apps we use today are created with Java. Alternatives are available, like Apache Cordova and Mono for Android, but there's no doubt that Java is the only true first-class citizen. However, a team at Google is now working on a new cross-platform alternative called Sky, and it's able to deliver 120 FPS out of the box.

Sky is based on Dart, a custom web scripting language that emerged from Chrome's V8 development team.

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Sony To Release New Bootloaders That Allow Devices To Boot From Recovery, Making Custom ROM Development Much Easier

Sony has recently been among the friendlier companies for custom ROM developers, but their devices still had a major hitch. They could not be booted from recovery, which meant third-party software had to modify the build system and if things went wrong, it was a lot more difficult to fix. To address this issue, Sony will begin releasing new bootloaders to allow booting from recovery.

This was first reported at FXP, home to developers who work exclusively with Sony devices to bring custom ROMs like CyanogenMod to end users.

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Android Studio 1.2 Moves Into The Stable Channel

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Data From The Google Play Developer Console Can Now Be Exported For Custom Analysis

Running a good business requires an intimate knowledge of anything and everything that affects its operation. This means keeping track of numbers, reports, and any other data that can possibly be accumulated. Distributing apps on the Play Store is no different. Developers need to know if users are leaving bad reviews, if their apps are crashing, or if the install numbers suddenly rise. While the Play Store does tracks these things and more, many companies have more specific needs.

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Microsoft Releases Updated Visual Studio Emulator for Android With New Device Profiles And Wi-Fi Simulation

Microsoft is in the midst of its annual Build conference. This is sort of like Google I/O or WWDC, but with fewer online viewers. Wednesday's keynote presentation was filled with announcements about Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge browser, an augmented reality headset, and quite a bit more. One product failed to earn stage time: the Visual Studio Emulator for Android, but developers may find renewed interest since the latest version is showing maturity as it expands through the addition of Device Profiles and a number of other recent enhancements.

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Google Play Services 7.3 Finishes Rollout, SDK Updated With Additional Features For Android Wear, Google Fit, And Location Services

Google Play services 7.3 started rolling out to Android devices a little less than 2 weeks ago, making some small, but much needed changes in the process. It turns out that wasn't the only purpose for that release, as it also brings some cool new capabilities developers can use in their apps. Now that the rollout is finished, Google has released an updated Play Services SDK with new capabilities for Android Wear, Google Fit, and Location Services.

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Apktool v2.0 Exits Beta After 2 Years In Development, Adds Android 5.1 Support And Relocates To Github And Bitbucket

In every field, there are certain tools of the trade that everybody just simply knows. Apktool has become one of those, helping app modders and themers with reshaping the software we use on our phones every day. Version 2.0 has been in the works for 2 years, and just yesterday it was promoted to a final release.

The list of changes is pretty expansive; but if you've been following along with the beta versions, there aren't too many surprises.

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Major Update To Android Support Library 22.1 Introduces AppCompatActivity, Adds Major Theming Improvements And Tons Of Backward Compatibility

At one time in history, building an app that gave a consistent experience across all (or most) versions of Android was nearly impossible without dedicating a lot of time and effort. Thanks to the Android Support Library (a.k.a. AppCompat), it's easy to use some of the most important and commonplace user interface elements on versions of Android going as far back as Donut and Éclair. A fresh update for AppCompat was just released, bringing it to v22.1, and it introduces some really big changes.

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Developer Changelog Posted For Android 5.1.0_r5 (LMY47O) To Android 5.1.1_r1 (LMY47V)

When a new version of Android hits, we want to know what's inside of its candy-coated shell. One of the best ways to discover all of the new treats is to read through the developer comments located in the Android Open Source Project. We've downloaded the code and generated a changelog of every single modification made between v5.1.0_r5 (LMY47O) and the newly released v5.1.1_r1 (LMY47V).

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There are a total of 34 commits, with the majority falling into either core OS functions, media decoding and handling, or telephony.

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Android Open Source Project Updated With Code For 5.1.1 (LMY47V)

If you're a ROM developer, or just in the mood to poke around the latest Android source code, you'll be excited to know that 5.1.1 has just been uploaded to AOSP. The tag for this release is 5.1.1_r1, and it carries the build number LMY47V. A factory image is already available for the Nexus Player, and the rest of the Nexus family will probably stabilize on this version over the coming weeks.

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