Google today launched Android Studio 3.4, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE), with “a small but focused set of new features that address core developer workflows for app building & resource management.” That includes an updated Project Structure Dialog (PSD), R8 replacing Proguard as the default code shrinker and obfuscator, a new app resource management tool, and an updated Android Emulator with Android Q Beta support. Android Studio 3.4 also promises “over 300 bug & stability enhancements.” You can download the new version for Windows, Mac, and Linux now directly from developer.android.com/studio. If you are already using Android Studio, you can get the latest version in the navigation menu (Help => Check for Update on Windows/Linux and Android Studio => Check for Updates on OS X). This release is part of Project Marble, an fancy name for an initiative Google announced late last year to improve Android Studio. … [Read more...] about Google launches Android Studio 3.4 with Android Q Beta emulator, and R8 replaces Proguard
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Building an Android app isn’t always easy, and you may find yourself grappling with the same problems, over and over again. How do you manage the application lifecycle so you don’t encounter memory leaks? How do you ensure your application’s data can survive Android’s configuration changes? How do you guarantee a good user experience, regardless of whether the device has an active Internet connection? In this article, we’ll be exploring the Android Architecture Components. As part of Android Jetpack, these Architecture Components help you create more robust, testable and maintainable applications, by providing libraries for common tasks, including data persistence and lifecycle management. Throughout this article, we’ll be creating an application that uses the Android Architecture libraries to solve some of the most common problems you’ll encounter when developing for Android. We’ll make sure the user always has access to the latest … [Read more...] about Android Architecture Components: Creating an app using Room, LiveData, and ViewModel
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
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)