Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1 now available

Google has announced the release of Android Instant Apps SDK 1.1. Android Instant Apps is the company’s way to run Android apps without any installation. The latest release features include improved NDK support, configuration APKs, and a new API to maintain user context when switching from an instant app to an installed one. According to … continue reading

SD Times New Digest: CockroachDB 1.1, Grow with Google initiative, and new pi-top is released

The SQL database for building global cloud services announced the release of CockroachDB 1.1. The release focuses on three main areas: “seamless migration from legacy databases, simplified cluster management, and improved performance in real-world environments,” according to the team in a post. The new version will have improvements on migrating data and apps to CockroachDB … continue reading

Report: Android developers are switching from Java to Kotlin

Google surprised Android developers back in May when it announced for the first time it was adding a new programming language to the operating system. Since then, Kotlin language adoption has exploded among developers so much that it is set to overtake Java in the next couple of years, according to a new report. Realm, … continue reading

SD Times news digest: PostgreSQL 10 released, Red Hat Container-Native Storage 3.6, and ReactOS moves to GitHub

The open source database PostgreSQL has announced the release of their latest version, PostgreSQL 10. It includes the ability to distribute data across many nodes, also known as a divide and conquer strategy. Other features include logical replication, declarative table partitioning, improved query parallelism, quorum commit for synchronous replication, and SCRAM-SHA-256 authentication. Logical replication will enable … continue reading

MapR Technologies and DataScience.com team up, new Android Wear beta is released and more – SD Times News Digest: October 3, 2017

MapR Technologies and DataScience.com partner to provide better way of accessing data MapR Technologies and DataScience.com announced today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo that they are teaming up to provide a solution powered by the MapR Converged Data Platform. This solution will enable customers to run data science experiments directly on the MapR Platform without needing a … continue reading

UWP Community Toolkit 2.0, XebiaLabs DevOps Platform 7.1, and Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for Windows — SD Times news digest: August 31

Microsoft announced that its UWP Community Toolkit graduated to version 2.0 and it sets the stage for future releases. Today, there are over 100 contributors to the toolkit, and developers have downloaded the packages over 250,000 times. With version 2.0, the toolkit is making efforts to line up with the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update … continue reading

‘Open wonder:’ Google’s Android Oreo is here

It’s smart, it’s fast, and it’s a little bit sweet: Android 8.0 Oreo is here. Android 8.0 Oreo isn’t the “world’s favorite cookie,” it’s the newest Android operating system release, bringing users and developers features like picture-in-picture, Autofill, along with added security and “supersonic speed,” according to Sameer Samat, vice president of product management for Android … continue reading

Android Testing Support Library 1.0, Node-ChakraCore, and MapR and Talend’s GDPR data lake solution — SD Times news digest: July 28, 2017

Google announced the Android Testing Support Library 1.0. The library is an extensive framework for testing Android apps. According to the company, the latest version is a major update to existing testing APIs and features new capabilities, enhances performance stability, and addresses bugs. Features include: Espresso improvements, ProviderTestRule, Grant Permission Rule, Android Test Orchestrator, and … continue reading

Android O Developer Preview 4, Microsoft Enterprise Smart Contracts, and a new Mainframe Center of Excellence — SD Times news digest: July 25, 2017

Android O is one step closer to being released into the market. As Google puts its final touches on the upcoming operating system, the company is rolling out the Developer Preview 4 of Android O to help developers ensure their apps are ready for the launch. This will be the final preview before Android O … continue reading

Android HALs, Parasoft Java UTA, and Bluetooth’s mesh networking — SD Times news digest: July 20, 2017

Since updates can be expensive for device manufacturers, Android is separating the vendor implementation from the core Android framework. This will allow platform and vendor components to be updated independently. First, Android needed to isolate the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL), which provides an interface between device-agnostic code and device-specific hardware implementations. According to Android, HALs … continue reading

Android vitals helps developers improve app performance

Google is giving more insight into its Android vitals solution announced at Google I/O this year. Android vitals is designed to help developers find and fix bad behaviors, and improve their applications. “Poor app performance is something that many users have experienced. Think about that last time you experienced an app crashing, failing to respond, … continue reading

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Codefights Interview Practice, GitLab 9.3, Android WebView security, Windows 10 Insider Preview — SD Times news digest: June 23, 2017

CodeFights is updating its Interview Practice tool to help developers better prepare for their next job opportunity. With CodeFights, developers can practice their programming skills, learn new languages, and prepare for interviews in a community of more than 500,000 developers. The latest version of Interview Practice allows developers to join a study plan with a … continue reading

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