By David Gassner | Thursday, May 28, 2015
The 2015 Google I/O keynote was short on gimmicks, but offered plenty of meaty new technology.
This year’s keynote opened with a game of Pong—full-conference-center, wrap-around-the-auditorium-Pong, but Pong nonetheless. It was all much lower-key than in years past, letting the technology do most of the bragging.
The keynote featured a smorgasbord of new technologies and additions/improvements to existing platforms. A stream of presenters followed each other across the stage, each talking about what was new for 2015. They covered Android, Chrome, and Chromebooks, virtual reality, 360-degree camera arrays, a stripped-down version of Android for the internet of things, and many other geeky new toys.
Here’s what’s coming to an Android device or Android developer workstation near you.
By David Gassner | Thursday, December 11, 2014
Android Studio has been in development for two years and has been available in the form of early access preview or beta editions for most of that time. Android developers have had plentiful opportunities to get to know the product as it has evolved—but since it’s been in constant flux, many developers have continued to use the venerable Eclipse bundle that includes the Android Developer Tools (ADT) plugin. But this week things got real–Android Studio 1.0 has finally been released.
That was expected. A series of Release Candidates had appeared over the past few weeks and it was clear that a final release was imminent. But something else also happened. At the same time as the Android Studio release, Google removed all download links for the Eclipse/ADT bundle from the Android developer website. If you already have the Eclipse/ADT bundle installed, you can keep it using for now, but Google has stated that it won’t be doing any further development on the product or fixing any outstanding bugs.
So that means that as of RIGHT NOW, Android Studio is the only Google-approved IDE for Android developers. (Sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, but this is really really important.) In this article, I’ll describe how to import Eclipse projects into Android Studio, and how to deal with some common issues you’ll encounter.
By Justin Seeley | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The holidays are a great time of year to pick up a new smartphone. Every manufacturer has their latest flagship product out and on display.
But when you’re buying one for someone else, it’s hard to know which one to choose.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest phones on the market today—to help you decide which one’s right for the lucky recipient on your list.
By Todd Perkins | Friday, November 21, 2014
Android smartphones and tablets are everywhere today—in all sizes and varieties. And creating apps for them isn’t as hard as you might think.
I’m going to show you how to set up your local development environment, create your first Android Studio project, and compile and run your first Android app.
By Starshine Roshell | Sunday, August 31, 2014
Three years ago, David Sumler was driving a car without a hood on it.
“Some lady ran a stop sign and hit me, and I didn’t have the money to fix the car, so I drove it without a hood,” he says. “I’d park as far back as I could in parking lots when meeting friends, so they didn’t see it.”
But that wasn’t the worst of it.
“I was buried in debt,” says David, 32. “I could barely keep up with my bills and I couldn’t buy nice things for my kids or my fiancée. I had no health insurance so I just never went to the doctor. If one disaster had happened, I would have been on the streets—and I came very close a few times.”
Then opportunity knocked.
By David Gassner | Friday, August 29, 2014
I was recently asked about how to set up a local Android development environment correctly, and it was such a good question that I wanted to share the answer with everyone.
Q: I’m learning how to create Android apps. In Eclipse with Android Developer Tools, when I create a new app I get a null pointer exception right away. I’ve also noticed that the new project’s “src” folder, where my Java source files should be located, is empty. What did I do wrong?
By David Gassner | Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Technology moves so quickly, it can be hard to keep up—particularly when developer tools change after we’ve recorded a course.
I recently heard from a member who was trying to work through my course Building a Note-Taking App for Android and having trouble running and testing his code.
By Starshine Roshell | Monday, August 04, 2014
Dan Gookin is no dummy.
An expert at simplifying technical concepts, our new Android Essential Training author wrote the very first For Dummies books, helping to establish the popular series’ tone and format.
But even expert teachers can learn new things at lynda.com. Find out what Dan learned—and how he thwarts the “programmer priesthood” daily—in our Q&A.
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