The Android O developer preview is here

O boy, the developer preview of Android O is here. Today the Android team shared the first developer preview for the next version of the Android operating system. According to an Android blog by Dave Burke, vice president of engineering at Android, over the course of the next several months, Android will release updated developer … continue reading

Rollout.io’s Apple App Store proposal, DeepMind’s continual learning AI, and Java 8 support in Android–SD Times news digest: March 15, 2017

In an open letter, Rollout.io is proposing a secure JavaScript Injection approval process to Apple in order to address App Store concerns. Rollout.io recently came under fire for its framework that allows developers to deploy updates directly to their live iOS apps. According to Apple, developers should not be able to change their applications after … continue reading

Facebook’s Create React Native App, Google’s Android fraud botnet Chamois, and Intel Clear Containers updates to v2.1.1—SD Times news digest: March 14, 2017

Facebook announced the Create React Native App for React Native. Create React is a new tool that makes it easier to get started with a React Native project. It’s inspired by the design of the Create React App, and is the result of a collaboration between Facebook and Expo. With this tool, developers can develop … continue reading

Android Studio 2.3 now available

Google is updating its IDE for Android to give developers more features and enhancements to improve their apps. Android 2.3 features quality improvements as well as new features for each phase of the development workflow. For the build phase, the company made significant changes to Instant Run and the UI in the IDE. The Run … continue reading

Google Play starts promoting apps based on engagement

Google wants to help developers be more successful in its app store. The company announced new developer features to help improve app discovery on Google Play during its Developer Day at the Game Developers Conference. To improve the promotion of high-quality experiences, the company will begin ranking apps and games based on engagement rather than … continue reading

Industry Watch: NativeScript takes web developers mobile

JavaScript developers are taking over the world. More applications than ever before are living on the client, using APIs to connect to any requisite (and most likely cloud-based) back-end services. With that, we’ve seen an explosion of tools and frameworks to make JavaScript development seem more like traditional programming, handling large codebases and issues such … continue reading

Google releases Perspective API, updates Support Library

Google wants developers to keep things in perspective. The company has announced a new API designed to help improve online conversations. The Perspective API uses machine learning to score the perceived impact of a comment. Developers can use that score to provide real-time feedback, help moderators, or enable readers to find relevant context, according to … continue reading

Google introduces A.I. Duets, ReactOS 4.4 comes with improvements; and Kotlin 1.1 RC released—SD Times news digest: Feb. 17, 2017

Google wants to show developers what Project Magenta can do with its new interactive experiment A.I. Duet. The company launched Magenta into the open-source community last year as a way for developers to explore music with neural nets. A.I. Duet is designed to let users play a duet with their computers. “Just play some notes, … continue reading

Tips for building finance apps, Dwarf v5 released, and Syncsort creates Integrated Workflow—SD Times news digest: Feb. 16, 2017

Stuck on how to get started building a financial services app? The Google Play/Finance team shared some tips this week on how to build high-quality and accessible financial services apps, featuring a six-step guide for making these apps accessible in the Google Play store. One tip in the guide is to test and iterate the … continue reading

Android Things Developer Preview 2, ResNeXt, Nokia WING, Rust 1.15.1—SD Times news digest: Feb. 10, 2017

Google has announced the second developer preview of Android Things, the company’s Internet of Things solution for building connected devices with Android. The latest preview includes new features and bug fixes. “Now any Android developer can quickly build a smart device using Android APIs and Google services, while staying highly secure with updates direct from … continue reading

SD Times GitHub project of the week: Udacity Self-Driving Car Simulator

Udacity created a self-driving simulator for its self-driving car nanodegree so students could learn how to train cars to navigate road courses using deep learning. This project isn’t limited to the students of Udacity anymore; since Udacity open-sourced the simulator, anyone can use it. The simulator lets any developer or hobbyist mess with Unity, the … continue reading

Android Wear 2.0 now available

Developers who haven’t submitted their Android Wear 2.0 apps to the Google Play Store yet might want to get a move on. Google announced the consumer launch of the wearable platform is beginning to roll out. Android Wear 2.0 is designed to improve watch faces, workouts, ways to use applications, ways to stay in touch, … continue reading

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