Today's Android P beta may give users a new way to switch between apps, but sometimes you really don't need to jump all the way in and have access to an app's full functionality, when the use of a much more targeted subset of those features would suffice. Google's been working to overhaul the way Android lets apps work like this, sharing elements of their interfaces within other apps. Now we're learning more about how this mode will operate, as Google fills us in on app Slices. Read More
Google has issued an update to how developers use the Play Store to test apps. There aren't as many options, but the entire setup is simpler. You've got internal tests, closed alpha, and open beta. That's it. Read More
Machine learning has been one of Google's main focuses for years now. To help other companies and app developers take advantage of the technology, Google today announced an API called 'ML Kit.' It allows apps to use machine learning for text recognition, face detection, scanning barcodes, and even detecting landmarks (similar to Google Lens). Read More
Developing for both Android and iOS usually involves working with two codebases, two UI frameworks, and two different design languages. There have been many projects over the years to remedy this problem, but they usually result in apps that don't work well or don't look native. Google unveiled its 'Flutter' framework at the 2015 Dart developer summit, allowing developers to quickly create native iOS and Android apps. Read More
Unbeknownst to most users (myself included until recently), Android apps on current and previous versions of the OS get unrestricted access to your network activity. There's no permission for you to accidentally say okay to, it's just allowed for all. This means that any app can detect when another app is connecting to an external server, and while the content is not visible, even just the source of the connection could be used for a nefarious purpose.
With a renewed focus on privacy and data collection, not least in the wake of the recent Facebook scandals, this type of potential security flaw clearly needs to be addressed. Read More
Google's spring schedule is always an exciting dichotomy between the predictable and the unexpected. We never know what services might get axed during the company's regular spring cleaning, but we can always depend on the I/O developer conference—and with it, a good chunk of Google's non-Pixel announcements for the year.
From our vantage, we think we've got a good idea on what to look forward to at this year's event. So if you're planning your own schedule for which talks to listen in on, we've got the details here. Read More
Google Maps is available to various other businesses for use in their products, and more tailored solutions for things like ridesharing and asset tracking are also offered. Google has just announced the next stage of development for the Maps ecosystem, including a new platform that streamlines the APIs already available and makes them easier to implement. Read More
Magisk developer topjohnwu might be off serving compulsory military service, but he's still maintained a rapid release schedule for his popular root solution. Magisk v16.4 (and Magisk Manager v5.7.0) were released over the weekend, and they add a handful of technical fixes, app shortcuts, and Android P improvements, but it isn't all smooth sailing. The latest version also removes Magisk's 64-bit binaries, which may break root support for some apps, including the very popular Tasker. Read More
Google's been updating a ton of its services with new looks recently, including the modern new Gmail UI that landed earlier today. But this year's spring cleaning isn't just about refreshing things for consumers. Developers are also getting a bit of love. Google has just updated its Android Developer site with a new design. Read More
Amazon is working in earnest on domestic robots, Bloomberg reports. The project is being called Vesta, after the goddess of home and family in Roman mythology. Amazon apparently hopes to begin testing the robots by the end of this year, and is targeting a 2019 launch date. Read More