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August 1, 2017

Google announces ‘Made for India’ initiative to showcase apps optimized for Indian market

At the first ever Google Play App Excellence Summit in India, Google today announced its new ‘Made for India’ initiative.

As part of the initiative, Indian developers can apply for a chance to have apps that are specifically optimized for the Indian market to be showcased on the Google Play Store in India in a special section.

Made for India is an initiative to discover and showcase developers who are building high quality apps and optimizing them for Indian users. All you have to do is to apply at g.co/play/madeforindia.

Specifically, the company is looking for factors like innovation, minimized data consumption, optimized battery consumption, optimized [...]

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July 22, 2017

What are Android App permissions, and how do devs implement them?

From recording videos, to making phone calls, to completing purchases and posting updates to your various social media accounts – there’s countless legitimate reasons why an Android app might require access to sensitive services, device capabilities, or user information.

However, exploiting access to sensitive data and device features is also a favourite technique of malicious apps, so to help keep users and their devices safe, Android apps run in a limited access sandbox by default. If your app requires access to anything that isn’t included in this basic sandbox, then it needs to ask for the user’s permission.

See also: How to write your first Android game in [...]
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July 2, 2017

Cross platform mobile development 

So, you have a great idea for an idea for a game or an app that you think could be a massive hit, perhaps make an impact on the industry and possibly make you rich.

You have the coding skills and you have the team and resources. Now all that’s left is to choose the platform you want to target. While we try not to talk about it, it turns out that Android isn’t the only operating system in the world!

If it’s a mobile app you’re making, then the big decision will likely come down to whether you wish to develop for iOS or Android. Each has advantages and disadvantages for developers; while Android has a larger user base, iOS users actually tend to spend more [...]

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May 24, 2017

Let’s build a simple notepad app for Android

In this post, you are going to learn to make a basic notepad app. This is a great project to get to grips with because it will lend itself to a range of alternative uses as similar concepts can be used to create SMS apps, email apps and anything that requires text input. This will allow us to look at saving and opening files, as well as working with strings and recycler views, all of which will serve you well in the future.

Before we do anything else, first we need to create a new project. To do this, just open up Android Studio and then select New > New Project. Choose ‘Basic Activity’ (the one with the Floating Action Button) and then you should be good to [...]

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