Anti-theft app Cerberus falls foul of Google’s tracking guidelines

An opportune moment to remember that sometimes he who pays the piper does not always call the tune: anti-theft app provider Cerberus says Google has pinged its app as in violation of its developer terms.

Cerberus offers users protection should their Android device get lost or stolen. This can range from support for Android Wear, pictures of the thief surreptitiously sent to email addresses, and coded SMS messages if mobile data is switched off.

The problem, however, relates to the tracking of location data;...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores.

Google’s new SDK adds spatial audio to your VR apps

Google is making it easier to offer more immersive VR experiences with the launch of a new SDK featuring support for spatial audio.

The SDK is called Resonance Audio and aims to simulate the perception of sound in the real world. This includes simulating direction as well as volume drops as you move away from virtual objects projecting sound.

As hearing represents one of the key senses, audio is one of the...

By Ryan Daws, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Platforms, VR.

Google copies Remix 3D with Poly service for VR/AR developers

Google aims to speed up how VR and AR development with a new service it’s calling Poly.

Poly is an online library of 3D objects developers are free to use in their own projects. Building everything from scratch is time-consuming and wastes resources which are better used on improving the experience for end users.

“If you’re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps,” wrote Google in a

By Ryan Daws, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, iOS, VR.

Android Studio 3.0 brings treats like Kotlin, Java 8, and Instant Apps

Google isn’t waiting for Halloween and has begun handing out the sweet treats early with the stable release of Android Studio 3.

We first heard of Google’s intention to bake Kotlin support into Android Studio back in May during its annual IO developer conference. Fast-forward five months and Google is making good on its promise.

Much like Swift is to iOS, Kotlin is to Android. The...

By Ryan Daws, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools, Java, Languages, Platforms.

Android 8.1 Developer Preview released with Neural Networks API

AI is the next frontier in smartphones, and Google plans to lead the charge with a dedicated Neural Networks API in the latest Android developer preview.

The new API was first announced back in May and promises to enable developers to take advantage of a ‘lite’ version of TensorFlow — Google’s open source machine intelligence software library.

“TensorFlow Lite will leverage a...

By Ryan Daws, 26 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Mobile, Platforms.

Google now lists Instant Apps in the Play Store

Developers who have enabled Instant Apps will now find their users can use a portion of their apps at the press of a button — without requiring a full download.

The feature was first announced back in May last year, so it’s been a long time coming. The first of the apps began rolling out in January, but it’s taken until now for others to come available.

Earlier this week,

By Ryan Daws, 20 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, App Stores, Platforms.

Google and Udacity team up for 50,000 US Android developer scholarships

Google is offering 50,000 developer scholarship opportunities with education platform provider Udacity to help those who want to build on the web and Android.

The move adds to the 130,000 scholarships already put out by the two companies around the world, with this initiative aimed at US residents.

The first phase of the scholarships will revolve around three months of access to Udacity courses on a choice of HTML and CS, offline web applications, Android basics, and developing Android apps. After this, the...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Languages.

Google moves Instant Apps closer to reality

Google is furthering its vision to make Instant Apps, well, instant, with an update to its programming kit.

The issue with today’s instant Android apps is that Google has to load support for every possible device. With the number of Android devices available globally, many with very unique configurations, this can slow down the loading of the apps considerably.

Developers can now target specific device configurations with unique profiles. A device with a low-resolution screen, ARM chip, and German...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices.

Linux long term support kernels extended from two years to six years

Long term support (LTS) kernels for Linux will be extended from two years to six years, meaning potentially greater security and bug fixes across Android devices and more.

The announcement was made by Ilian Malchev, Google senior staff engineer, keynoting the annual Linaro Connect jamboree, held this year in San Francisco.

Aside from the intriguing interplay of a Google executive discussing Linux at a Linaro event, the announcement is an interesting one in the context of Android development.  Current...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Development Tools.

Android Oreo: Developer features, usage analysis, and superhero metaphors

It’s official: the latest flavour of Android will now be known as Android Oreo.

This is not the first time Google has gone brand-centric – 2013’s KitKat, sealed with a secret meeting with Nestle at that year’s Mobile World Congress, came before – but in a company blog for 8.0, Google adopted a superhero and superpower theme to the news. Where have we heard that one...

By James Bourne, 23 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Android, API, Development Tools.