Today, it’s rare to encounter an Android application that never connects to the internet. Whether your app is backing up data to the cloud, authenticating users via “Sign In With Google,” downloading images, or posting content to social media sites, many apps need to be in regular communication with remote servers.Networking has become such a staple of mobile applications, that there’s a wide range of libraries designed specifically to help you retrieve data from remote servers and share data with the wider internet. In this article, I’ll show you how to add networking capabilities to your Android app using Retrofit. We’ll take a look at what Retrofit is, and how you can use it to connect to any HTTP-based API service, retrieve data from that API, and then use this data in your app. By the end of this article you’ll have created an Android application that issues a HTTP request to the free JSONPlaceholder API, processes the response, and then … [Read more...] about Consuming APIs: Getting started with Retrofit on Android
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The official Android docs describe Android Jetpack as “a set of libraries, tools and architectural guidance.” This vague description has left many developers wondering what Android Jetpack really is. Taking a look at the list of Android Jetpack components just raises even more questions — there’s clearly a ton of crossover with existing Android libraries and projects. A good chunk of the components seem to be taken straight from the Support Library, such as AppCompat. So, is Android Jetpack just a rebranded Support Library? Is it a replacement? Can you use the two side by side, or should we all be migrating our apps to Jetpack?The Support Library components aren’t the only familiar features in the list of Jetpack components. All of the Architecture Components (Lifecycles, LiveData, Room and ViewModel) are now part of Jetpack, too. To add to the confusion, at Google I/O 2018 we learned future Support Library updates will be published to the … [Read more...] about Android Jetpack: What do the recent announcements mean for Android’s Support Library?
Being a Google-powered OS, Android lets you enjoy the amazing services from its owner on your smartphone more intuitively than on any other platform for mobile. Half of the charm of the OS lies in the fact that it integrates apps like Google Search, YouTube, Gmail, Google+, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Sync and Google what not. Today it is almost impossible to imagine a happy mobile life with these apps by Google. Why Do I Need to Install GApps Manually? Well, there might be three possible reasons to do a manual installation of the Google apps package. While most stock ROMs come with Google Apps pre-installed, it has now become a fashion among the custom ROM developers to provide a separate GApps package rather than include it inside the ROM. To have those Google apps, you need to flash them separately via CWM Recovery or some other custom Recovery. There is another situation when you might need to manually flash the Google apps on your Android device. … [Read more...] about Download Latest Google Apps (Gapps) for Android (GB/ ICS/ JB/ KK/ Lollipop)
Sorry, but your brand new Android phone is already obsolete. Google unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system earlier this week, and Android P—yes, basically an upside-down Beats logo—comes with some cool new features and a slight visual overhaul. Here’s everything you need to know about Android P, including how to get it on your current phone right now. What’s New in Android P? The most notable (and controversial) update arriving in Android P is notch support for all those iPhone X copycats. Developers—or Android owners who want to pretend their device is an iPhone X (or an Essential Phone)—can pick from narrow, tall, or chubby sizes for their fake notches. Just enable Developer Options within Android P and scroll down the large list of choices until you get to the Drawing section, where you’ll find the option to “simulate a display with a cutout.” Android P also adds rounded corners to Android’s quick … [Read more...] about How to Get Android P on Your Phone Right Now
Yes, Android devices have serious security problems. There’s Android malware out there — mostly outside the Google Play Store. The biggest problem is that most Android devices don’t get security updates. Android antivirus apps aren’t a solution to these problems. Security companies have been pushing their Android antivirus apps, using the concern over the Stagefright exploit to sell security software. But Android antivirus apps aren’t going to help you here. How Antivirus Works on Windows, and How It Doesn’t on Android RELATED: Android’s Stagefright Exploit: What You Need to Know and How to Protect Yourself First, let’s cover how antivirus software works on Windows. Antivirus software on Windows hooks into the operating system at a low level. To provide real-time protection, antivirus applications use “file system filter drivers” to intercept file access requests and scan those files for malware before they’re … [Read more...] about Android Has a Big Security Problem, But Antivirus Apps Can’t Do Much to Help